For kids ages 10-18. The Y-Achievers program exposes participants to present and future educational and career opportunities. The program is designed to help students reach their full potential by teaching positive social values and igniting students’ thirst for knowledge. Adults from the community are invited to come and participate as role models. We also strive to empower participants’ families to assist students in reaching their goals.


The program typically serves 80–100 youth, and historically all graduating seniors from our Y-Achievers Program have attended college. We also have a parent achiever component, which consists of over 30 parents who meet twice monthly to discuss homeownership, finance, living-wills, credit, education, health, entrepreneurship and more.


This program runs October-April, but we accept applicants throughout the year on an individual basis. The fee is $20 for members and $30 for program members. To register mid-year, please contact the Welcome Center.


The Achievers Program began in 1971 at the Harlem Branch YMCA of Greater New York (The Minority Achievers in Business and Industry Program). The Youth Achievers in Hartford has been in existence for over a decade. Over 500 students have participated in the program.