Greensboro YMCA mentorship program helps youth prepare for life

Greensboro YMCA mentorship program helps youth prepare for life after high school

A mentorship at a Greensboro YMCA helps young people by preparing them for college, while helping them find their direction and passions in life. The Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA, located at 2630 E. Florida St. in Greensboro, offers a mentorship program called YMCA Teen Achievers. The program is strategically designed to develop youth talents and leadership skills, and prepare teens for life beyond high school. Teen Achievers aims to help students in grades 8-12 with their academics and expose them to potential career opportunities. The program, which has been around for about 17 years, offers two main sub-programs: GOVERNMENT: Students can draft bills, propose laws, and participate in competitions in Raleigh. “As a parent, the Achievers have helped me better prepare to support my son in the next steps of social and academic success in high school, college and in life,” said Margaret, mother of an Achievers student. take part in several of the following leadership sessions during the 2021-22 academic year: August: values ​​and actions September: STEM – drone and flight technology October: recognizing the values ​​of others, resume building, financial literacy, printing 3D and Inclusive Engineering), Aquaponic GardeningDecember: Public SpeakingJanuary: Connecting Inspiration and Vision, College Readiness, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service “I felt this was a safe place,” said Sydni Cherry, a student in the program. “It was an open place for us to say how we felt, and we got to meet different perspectives and become more open-minded.” According to YMCA data, from 2017 to 20: 100% of students in the program who identified as high school graduates graduated on time and were accepted into four-year colleges or universities. a greater sense of self-confidence. staff care about the personal development of their teenagers””Teens need a platform. They really need a platform. Many teenagers have skills. They have ideas. They want to do things, and they just need the senior staff and the tools to do those things. Our program does not tell you what to do. We give you the opportunity to do things. And we give you tools to explore life,” said Eric Graves, director and coordinator of the Achievers program. One-year-old Nassir Majette, who is part of the program, said Graves helped him better understand his passion. The program provided him with a better support system outside his school, he told WXII 12 News. to see how other schools are doing with students my age, in my age group, and how they have dealt with the same issues as me as well. And we can overcome our challenges together as a group,” he said. Majette told WXII 12 News that the program also gives students a safe place to focus on their mental health. education and mental health too. It’s a big impact. Mental health also has a significant impact on all students in this age group. Mainly because she was overwhelmed with the stress of school work.” Sydni Cherry, 16, joined the program in 2020 after finding a flyer for the program and I really appreciate everyone he brings for us help him gain more knowledge about different situations and topics. Finding his interest in social work, which he is currently studying at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Peele said, “I would never become a social work specialist if it weren’t for the fact that I was in this program.” He added, the program’s workshops caught his attention, which motivated him to join.” I came during the equity and equality conference, and I was like, wow, this makes a lot of sense to me,” he said. “I want to make sure other people also understand and th They have these opportunities. So I started doing more research and I was like social work had just that. So that really helped point me in that direction. “To learn more about the program and how your child can enroll, please click here. To call the Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA, please call (336) 272-2131.

A mentorship at a Greensboro YMCA helps young people by preparing them for college, while helping them find their direction and passions in life.

hayes-taylor ymca

The Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA, located at 2630 E. Florida St. in Greensboro, offers a mentorship program called YMCA Teen Achievers. The program is strategically designed to develop youth talents and leadership skills, and prepare teens for life beyond high school. Teen Achievers aims to help students in grades 8-12 with their academics and expose them to potential career opportunities.

The program, which has been around for about 17 years, offers two main sub-programs:

YOUTH AND GOVERNMENT:

  • Students can write bills, propose laws and participate in contests in Raleigh

EXECUTION LEADERSHIP:

  • Students prepare for their college studies, participate in interview workshops, public speaking workshops, etc.

The program currently has about thirty students.

program participants

“As a parent, the Achievers have helped me better prepare to support my son in the next steps of social and academic success in high school, college and in life,” said Margaret, mother of an Achievers student.

Students were able to participate in several of the following leadership sessions during the 2021-22 academic year:

  • August: Values ​​and Actions
  • September: STEM – drone and flight technology
  • October: Recognizing the Values ​​of Others, Resume Writing, Financial Literacy, 3D Printing, and Engineering
  • November: Conflict Conversations (Equity and Inclusion), Aquaponic Gardening
  • December: public speaking
  • January: Connecting Inspiration and Vision, College Readiness, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

“I felt it was a safe place,” said Sydni Cherry, a student in the program. “It was an open place for us to say how we felt, and we got to meet different perspectives and become more open-minded.”

high achievers program

According to YMCA data, from 2017 to 20:

  • 100% of program students who self-identified as high school graduates graduated on time and were accepted into four-year colleges or universities
  • 80% of Teen Achievers have visited 10 or more colleges
  • 100% of Teen Achievers surveyed said they now regularly talk about college with adults
  • 75% of Teen Achievers surveyed said they felt a greater sense of self-confidence

According to YMCA data, from 2021-22:

  • 100% of parents surveyed think the Achievers program delivers on its promises
  • 90% of teens surveyed enjoyed attending Achievers Saturday leadership sessions
  • 100% of parents surveyed said they “truly believe that program staff care about the personal development of their teens”
eric grave

“Teenagers need a platform. They really need a platform. A lot of teenagers have skills. They have ideas. They want to do things, and they just need a scene and tools to do those things. Our curriculum doesn’t tell you what to do. We give you the ability to do things. And we give you tools to explore life,” said Eric Graves, director and coordinator of the Achievers program.

Graves, who started in the program as a volunteer and later became the program’s director and coordinator, is well regarded by his students.

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Nassir Majette, 16, who is part of the program, said Graves helped him better understand his passion. The program has provided him with a greater support system outside of his school, he told WXII 12 News.

Nassir Majette

“It has helped me personally to see how other schools are doing with students my age, in my age group, and how they have dealt with the same issues as me as well. And we can overcome our challenges together as a group,” he said.

Majette told WXII 12 News that the program also gives students a safe place to focus on their mental health. He said: “Some of the challenges we have with education and mental health as well. It’s a big impact. Mental health also has a big impact on all students in that age range. Mainly because we are overwhelmed with the stress of schoolwork.”

sydni cherry

Sydni Cherry, 16, joined the program in 2020 after finding a flyer for the program. She said Graves is her mentor, and “he really cares about his students, and I really appreciate everyone he brings in to help us learn more about different situations and different topics.”

WXII 12 News also spoke with Xavier Peele who is an alumnus of the program and currently works at the YMCA.

He said the program helped him find his interest in social work, which he is currently studying at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Peele said, “I never would have become a social work major if it wasn’t for the fact that I was taking this program.”

He added that the program’s workshops caught his attention, which motivated him to join.

Xavier Peele

“I came in during the equity and equality conference, and I was like, wow, this makes a lot of sense to me,” he said. “I want to make sure that other people understand that too and they have those opportunities. So I started doing more research and I was like social work has just that. So that got me really helped point me in that direction.”

To learn more about the program and how your child can enroll, please click here.

To call the Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA, please dial (336) 272-2131.

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