The Great Miami Valley YMCA and Hamilton High School announced a combined effort to create successful teens through a program called Y Achievers, which has had demonstrated a significant positive impact for 40 years in Cincinnati. ‘Achievers’ is a national college and career readiness program, delivered by the Y, which supports students in goal setting and reaching higher education and career goals. Today, more than 300 Y Achiever programs operate across the country.
The program is geared toward first-generation college students and minorities and is delivered through workshops, college tours, Toastmasters, STEM, and more.
Achievers aims to address the reality that 35-40% of students who enroll in college drop out in the first semester, and for African American and Hispanic students, the graduation rate is 71%. Among students who do graduate, one-third need remedial courses in college and far too few go on to earn a college degree.