Youth Achievers Program


Historical Significance

The YMCA Achievers Program originated in 1971 at the YMCA in Harlem, New York.  Shaped upon the foundation of the Black Achievers in Industry, program founder, Dr. Leo B. March and YMCA Board Member, Carrie Terrell, conceived the idea to unite successful minority professionals with low-achieving, at-risk youths.  The Black Achievers in Industry served as a vehicle for the Harlem YMCA, corporations and local organizations to partner and provide mentoring programs, scholarships and other opportunities that collectively create a future leader incubator for the youth and teens of the Harlem Community.     


Today, the Leo B. Marsh Award, Carrie Terrell Youth of the Year Award, Elaine Edmonds Award, and the Deloitte Corporate Community Award acknowledges those individuals in the community who exemplify the dedication and service of their predecessors.


Developed locally in 2006 by Worthy Consulting & Training, LLC. Marvin G. Worthy and Dr. Linda Thomas Worthy created the curriculum for the Achievers Levels I and II at the Chambersburg Memorial YMCA.  Currently, the Chambersburg Y is one of more than 250 locations nationwide to offer the Youth Achievers Program.  In addition, the Chambersburg YMCA collaborates with the Chambersburg Area School District, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United Way of Franklin County to support programming.


Achievers Level I

The YMCA Achievers I Program is a YMCA developed curriculum, keenly focused on multi-cultural youth from 8th and 9th grades.  This program works hand-in-hand with experienced professionals who serve as mentors and assist each Achiever in making well-informed decisions regarding their future.  Moreover, the program educates and exposes Achievers to opportunities as future applicants within similar corporations and local businesses through the career clusters.


Career Clusters


A variety of Career Clusters focused on educational and vocational possibilities will be explored.  Achievers will have mentors from fields such as Health/Medical, Technology, Education, Business Management, Banking, Communications, Government/Law, and Engineering.



Categories of Knowledge



  • Written

  • Verbal

  • Physical Appearance

  • Professional Etiquette

  • Presentation


Character Development

  • Accountability

  • Responsibility

  • Integrity

  • Credibility

  • Caring

  • Honesty

  • Respect

  • Faith


Diversity & Community

  • Definition of Terms

  • Historical Events

  • Acceptance

  • Inclusion

  • Learned and Unlearned Behavior

  • Community



  • Respect and Obedience

  • Family/Community

Print Application for Achievers Level I

Achievers Level II

The YMCA Achievers II Program is a College Readiness Program (CRP) designed specifically for the Chambersburg Memorial YMCA by Worthy Consulting & Training, LLC to prepare students to enroll and succeed at a post-secondary institution. The CRP is a sequential and supplemental program to the Achievers I Program.  It is our desire that the CRP will influence student behavior and high school practices that will help them enroll and succeed in college.


This program is focused on key areas that are important and necessary for college preparation and success.  These content areas are divided into twelve sessions. Each session outlines the topic description, objectives, outcomes, and exercise/activity.  These interactive exercises/activities are designed to engage the students in active learning and reinforce the meaning and purpose of each college readiness content area.  Each session will be facilitated by trained professionals.


Achievers Level II Curriculum

  • Introduction

  • Intellectual Demands and the Expectations of a College Education

  • Academic Preparation

  • Academic Behavior

  • How College Operates as a System and Culture

  • The First Year Experience:

  • Planning for Success


Adult Achievers

An increased commitment to the success of youth is fostered through the goals and life philosophies instilled by the Adult Achievers.  Currently, the Chambersburg YMCA recognizes 11 community professionals as Adult Achievers and anticipates accepting additional applicants through the 2015-16 school year.


Together, we can build a society of career minded, family centered, and spiritually conscious individuals focused on making a positive difference in their communities.


Program Commitments


Adult Achievers

  • Serve as a mentor and role model to current and past Achievers.

  • Coordinate corporate and industry visits to educate and provide career guidance.

  • Participate in panel discussions during Achievers meetings and interviews.


Youth Achievers

  • Accept the responsibilities associated with the Achievers Pledge.

  • Actively participate in Career Clusters which will open doors to new opportunities and networking.

  • Behave in a manner that will be a credit to oneself, one’s family, and school.

  • Engage in meaningful dialogue and actively seek to understand the information that will be shared by program presenters.

  • Attend monthly meetings and sessions.

  • Represent oneself respectfully, responsibly, and with integrity both personally and socially. Be a role model.


Goals and Outcomes of the Youth Achievers Program


  • Achievers are exposed to college and career possibilities.           


  • Achievers have a sense of value and cohesion with themselves and their communities.


  • Achievers are champions for diversity and advocate for equitable treatment of others.


  • Achievers are individuals of elevated ethical and spiritual character.


  • Achievers recognize the importance of healthy living and making sound and informed decisions.


  • Adult Achievers are recognized by professional colleagues as leaders and role models.


  • Local businesses contribute to the positive preparation of next generation professionals.


Print Application for Achievers Level II

Completed applications must be returned or mailed to the Chambersburg YMCA, 570 East McKinley Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.


For more information, please contact:


Joshua Broshkevitch, Youth Director

Chambersburg Memorial YMCA

570 East McKinley Street

Chambersburg, PA 17201


Phone: 717-263-8508

Fax: 717-263-9639