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The YMCA Black Achievers program is an academic achievement/career development initiative for high school youth and teens of color. The name “Black Achievers” represents and describes the historical origin and mission. Today, however, the YMCA Black Achievers program is like the national YMCA movement, multi-racial and gender-balanced.


Click here to download the Black College Tour Application. 
Deadline: November 15.


YMCA Chuck Rhodes Memorial Education Scholarship Program

Scholarship Award Application: Applicants must submit the following complete information for scholarship consideration by May 9, 2014:

  • Typed completed application form (applications will not be reviewed if they are not typed)
  • Middle school report card, High school report card
  • Letter of recommendation from a Teen Achievers Advisor, Young Leader Academy staff, YMCA staff, academic counselor or recent teacher
  • A second letter of recommendation from an individual not related to you

To download the application click here.

Black Achievers Metro Meetings 

Join other Teen Achievers at the monthly metro meeting. Black Achievers metro meetings are held the fourth Thursday of every month at the Northside YMCA.

When: Fourth Thursday of every month
          5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Northside YMCA
           1350 W. North Ave., Milwaukee

Black Achievers Center Meetings

Center meetings are held the first and second week of every month at Northside YMCA, Parklawn YMCA, Rite-Hite Family YMCA and West Suburban YMCA. Days and times for each center can be found below:

Northside YMCA
1350 W. North Ave., Milwaukee
Thursdays (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.)

Parklawn YMCA
4340 N. 46th St., Milwaukee
Thursdays (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.)

Rite-Hite Family YMCA
9250 N. Green Bay Rd., Brown Deer
Wednesdays (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.)

West Suburban YMCA
2420 N. 124th St., Wauwatosa
Tuesdays (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.)


The Black Achievers Program reaches into the heart of the community for both its Adult and Teen Achievers. By recognizing and utilizing the talents of professionals of color who are successful in their careers, the program brings inspiration and positive influences into the lives of Teen Achievers.


To be the leading resource in preparing young people for their futures. Black Achievers accomplishes this by providing leadership experiences for existing and emerging community leaders, as well as increasing community reinvestment of local businesses and organizations.


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.


To support, encourage, and equip teens with skills and competencies needed to gain acceptance to and graduate from institutions of higher learning and successful entry into the workforce. These goals are facilitated through academic support, career exploration, college preparation and leadership development.


Our Black Achievers Program boasts a


high school graduation rate.