The Milwaukee Y’s 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.

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.

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Adult Achievers

Each year, corporations, businesses and organizations nominate successful role models in professional and managerial positions to serve as Adult Achievers for the school year. Adult Achievers are recognized for their professional skills and also their desire to give back to the community.

To view a list of our 2015-2016 Adult Achievers class members, click HERE.

Teen achievers

Participants in the Black Achievers Program meet weekly or bi-weekly throughout the year at the Northside, Parklawn, Rite Hite and West Suburban YMCAs. We face educational disparity head-on by equipping teens with skills and competencies needed to gain acceptance to and graduation from institutions of higher learning, eventually leading to successful entry into the workforce.

The Bridge Program Overview

The YMCA Black Achievers Bridge Program is designed to have upperclassmen in the Black Achievers Program help mentor and “bridge” the gap between themselves and middle school students. The 7th and 8th graders will be able to network and establish relationships with one another that will help them transition into and throughout their high school career.


Each year scholarships are given to help high-achieving students attend a high school, college or university. The scholarships give our students the confidence and courage they need to continue to do well in school and the assurance that their community cares about and supports them. Additionally, a portion of the scholarship fund is set aside to help teens participate in enriching Y programs.

Scholarship applications for 2015-2016 will be available by February 1, 2016.


Each year, corporations, businesses and organizations sponsor one of their employees and/or community business professionals to become Adult Achievers. Sponsored employees volunteer their time and talent to the youth involved in the program.

Varying sponsorship levels allow companies to provide generous program support for the Adult Black Achievers, allows program operation for the volunteers and teens, and supports a wide range of activities that occur throughout the year.

If you represent a company interested in supporting the Black Achievers program, please contact Shanee Jenkins at or (414) 374-9401.

To view a list of our 2015-2016 Black Achievers Sponsors, click HERE.


To learn more about the Milwaukee Y’s Black Achievers Program and how you can get involved, please contact Shanee Jenkins at or (414) 374-9401.

Are you a Black Achiever alum? We would love to hear from you!  If you’re looking to reconnect or would like to be added to our Alumni e-newsletter mailing list, please contact Shanee Jenkins at or (414) 374-9401.


Portia, Adult Achiever
We’ve built some phenomenal relationships. 100% of our seniors graduated and they’re going onto college or they’re going into the military.