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The YMCA of Central Kentucky Black Achievers program serves youth, grades 6-12, and is designed to develop future leadership potential and encourage youth to pursue higher educational and career goals.

Founded in 1985, Black Achievers continues to support youth in academics, mentoring, and post-secondary success through dedicated business and community volunteers who support the program giving of their time, talents and treasures.

Program Objectives
  • Helps youth develop a positive sense of self.
  • Raises academic standards and improves college and career readiness.
  • Builds character, increases positive assets of youth, and provides social-emotional support.
  • Encourages students to set and pursue goals related to their college and career aspirations.
  • Provides mentors and role models whose success and knowledge will inspire youth.
  • Creates opportunities for youth to engage with mentors from local businesses and industries.
  • Recognizes and promotes excellence among youth participants and adult volunteers.
Program Components

The Black Achievers Program meets every second and fourth Saturday and provides a robust curriculum that includes the following components:

  • Workshops on SAT/ACT preparation
  • Study skills/time management strategies
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Financial literacy
  • Team-building field trips
  • Community service-learning projects
  • Arts & culture exploration
  • College tours

Download 2021-2022 Program Brochure

2021-2022 Sessions

Sessions are held at Transylvania University from 9 a.m. until noon (unless otherwise noted). A key benefit of the program is the relationship formed between adults and youth during career and developmental cluster workshops.

Download 2021-2022 Program Schedule

How to Register

You can register online or we'll be hosting in-person registration opportunities across central Kentucky. Laptops will be available for in-person registration or feel free to bring your own device. 

In-Person Mobile Registration Drive Dates

Monday, August 2, 3-5 p.m.
Location: North Lexington Family YMCA
381 W. Loudon Avenue, Lexington, KY 

Tuesday, August 3, 3-5 p.m.
Location: High Street YMCA
239 E. High Street, Lexington, KY

Tuesday, August 3, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Montgomery County High School
724 Woodford Drive, Mt. Sterling, KY 

Wednesday, August 4, 3-5 p.m.
Location: Caroline Memorial YMCA Program Center
220 E. Maple Street, Nicholasville, KY 

Thursday, August 5, 3-5 p.m.
Location: C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA
3251 Beaumont Centre Circle, Lexington, KY 

Thursday, August 5, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Madison County (Family Dollar Parking Lot)
257 E. Main Street, Richmond, KY 

Friday, August 6, 3-5 p.m.
Location: Whitaker Family YMCA
2681 Old Rosebud Road, Lexington, KY

Saturday, August 7, Noon - 2 p.m.
Location: Westside Family Day (Chief Reed Park)
1100 Stewart Street, Paris, KY 



Scholarships are provided to senior participants who serve a number of years in the program and who successfully complete the Senior Scholarship Portfolio. These cash awards provide students with the support they need to meet post-secondary goals, and are provided through the generous support of individual donations and corporate sponsors who believe in our mission.

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities 

In addition to generous donations, corporate sponsorships allow for businesses and organizations to nominate successful role models who volunteer their time and talents as Adult Achievers for the school year. Adult Achievers are recognized for their professional skills, program support and desire to give back to the community. For more information, please contact Vice President of Mission Advancement at


If you are interested in volunteering with the YMCA Black Achievers program, please complete our volunteer registration form and a member of our team will be in touch to confirm we received your information and provide next steps in the volunteer process.


If you would like additional information on our Achievers Program, please email Scholarship assistance for enrollment fees are available to those who qualify.