our mission

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Achievers Program is an academic achievement/career development initiative for high school youth and teens of color; and like the national YMCA movement, it is multi-racial and gender-balanced.

The Y Achievers Program reaches into the heart of the Milwaukee 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.

A Message From Our Students

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 2020-2021 Adult Achievers class members, click here.

Teen achievers

Teens in the Y Achievers Program meet weekly or bi-weekly throughout the year and participate in a variety of college prep and leadership development activities that include:

  • Workshops on SAT/ACT preparation
  • Study skills/time management
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Financial management
  • Team-building opportunities
  • Community service-learning projects
  • Teen Summit
  • World of Work tours
  • Saturday Summits


Registration for the 2022-2023 Teen Achievers program is open. A $40 program registration fee will be collected after registration has been completed.



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.


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 Achievers, allows program operation for the volunteers and teens, and supports a wide range of activities that occur throughout the year.


To learn more about the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Achievers Program and how you can get involved as a teen or adult achiever, reconnect as an Achiever alum, or if you represent a company interested in supporting the YMCA Achievers program, please contact our Teen Achievers Director at teenachievers@ymcamke.org.

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.