Y Achievers

The Y Achievers program motivates youth to succeed.

The Y Achievers Program is designed for the development of youth grades 3rd through 12th. Y Achievers is one of the National YMCA Signature Programs designed to address the Achievement Gap while nurturing the potential of every youth and teen. The Y Achievers Program also engages parents with monthly parent sessions along with family and community events. The Davis Achievers program serves Shelby County and DeSoto Countyachievers Schools.

The Y Achievers program objectives are:

  • To help youth develop a positive sense of self
  • To raise academic standards of youth
  • To expose students to diverse career options
  • To provide positive role models for youth
  • To recognize and promote excellence
  • To create channels for continuing community involvement for business and industry

The Y Achievers program benefits:

Youth are motivated to succeed in school and gain marketable skills. Adults are recognized by their peers as achievers and are given the opportunity to serve as role models for youth. Companies are provided with a way to support urban youth, which enhances their corporate image and helps build a future workforce of competent, motivated young adults.

Participating Schools/Facilities

Chickasaw Middle School
Davis YMCA
Fairley High School
Westwood High School

Youth Achievers

Youth Achievers is for youth in the 3rd through 5th grades. With particular focus on working to close the achievement gap by improving reading and writing skills. In addition, the program develops a core group of participants that will “graduate” to the traditional middle and high school Achievers programs.

Middle School Achievers

Focusing on development of life skills, improving self-image, career exploration and peer mentoring the Middle School Achievers furthers the foundation of Youth Achievers and choices for success.

Teen Achievers

Participants learn job and college readiness skills, prepare for high school graduation and explore careers. In addition, academic improvement and service learning are major focuses.

Location:  Thomas B. Davis YMCA




Support the Y Achievers program

Volunteer Opportunities

Mentors – Four (4) hours per month commitment
School-based Instructional Facilitators – Eight (8) hours per month commitment
Y Achievers After-School Program Volunteers – Ten (10) hours monthly commitment


-Volunteer Application
-Background Check
-Volunteer Training

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Heather McLemore, Achievers Coordinator at 901-398-2366 or



Donations to support the Y Achievers program are always needed. If you believe in our purpose and want to help us succeed in our initiatives, donate now as part of the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, donations to Teen Achievers are tax-deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.

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