YMCA’s Black & Latino Achievers Program is one of the region’s largest programs that inspire and encourage teens of color to pursue post-graduate work, establish careers and give back to a community that has helped to support their success.
Partnering with area organizations, colleges, and adult role models, the students are given the opportunity to participate in career readiness programs, college tours, seminars on preparing for college, and help with entrance exams. They are also able to visit local businesses to learn more about various career options.
Over the past 3 years, 100% of high school seniors in the program have graduated from high school and been accepted into an institution of higher learning. Furthermore, many of their scholarship recipients are the first in their families to go to college.
On this episode of FOCUS, guests Sandy Walker (President and Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati), Mario Rodriguez (Program Evaluation Director with the Achievers Program) and Omari Aarons (Volunteer with the Achiever's Program from the Macy's company) discuss how the program has evolved in Cincinnati.
For more information about Cincinnati’s Black and Latino Achievers Program, visit www.MyY.org.