National YMCA Black/Hispanic Achievers Program. Reaching and Serving All People of Color. And How Are The Children?. What is YMCA Black/Hispanic Achievers?.
Reaching and Serving All People of Color
The YMCA Black/Hispanic Achievers program is an academic achievement/career development initiative for middle school and high school youth and teens of color.
The name “Black Achievers” represents and describes the historical origin and mission. However, today, the YMCA Black/Hispanic Achievers program is like the national YMCA movement, multi-racial and gender balanced.
Because of the growing number of Achievers programs serving Hispanic/Latino teens, some local YMCAs have adapted differing titles to better reach the teens of color in their program service areas (for example, Minority Achievers, Hispanic Achievers, Multi-Cultural Achievers or Y Achievers).
Though local program titles may differ, the program purpose and format are the same for African Americans, Latinos or any ethnic group:
“ …to help teens of color set and pursue high educational and career goals resulting in high school graduation and acceptance into and graduation from an institution of higher learning and successful entry into a career of their choosing.”
Gayle BrockNational Black/Hispanic Achievers Director,YMCA of the USA
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National data shows education and achievement disparities among African-American and Hispanic U.S. teenagers as compared to their white counterparts.
History shows (1980–2000) that the educational attainment gaps between whites and Hispanics, African-Americans and Native Americans is widening. If these educational disparities are not addressed, anticipated demographic shifts will have a major impact on the educational attainment of the U.S. population.
% of 18-year-olds in the United States of America
% of all public high-school graduates
% Enrolled in undergraduate programs
% of BA degrees received
African Americans represent 14% of 18-year-olds and only 10% of all college degrees awarded.
Sixteen percent of all 18-year-olds in the U.S. are Hispanic and only 7% of all college degrees in the U.S. are awarded to Hispanics.
Source: Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (2003)
Gain of 20% to 100%
Gain of 10% to 19%
Gain of 1% to 9%
Loss of 1% to 9%
Loss of 10% to 19%
Loss of 20% to 27%
Percent Change in Number of High School Graduates by State
Projected, 2002-03 to 2012-13
Source: WICHE, 2003
YMCA Black/Hispanic Achievers Program
The YMCA Black Achievers program provides purposeful, targeted programming geared towards educating minority teens.
The program equips teens with skills and competencies needed to gain acceptance to and graduate from institutions of higher learning and successful entry into the workforce.
Together, the National YMCA Black/Hispanic Achievers program, partnering with committed colleges and universities and corporations, can change these challenges into opportunities for our collective future.
A strong tool to wield in helping YMCAs and corporations nationwide reach and develop teens, preparing the way for a stronger future.
So the Children May Be WELL