Teen Achievers


Teen Achievers is a national academic/career development program for high school youth. Students receive inspiration and guidance in setting goals to graduate from high school, gain entry into college and ultimately achieve successful entry into a career of their choosing. The Greater Joliet Area YMCA’s Teen Achievers program helps teens to believe in themselves and improve self-esteem. It also focuses on character development, helping teens strengthen positive traits such as caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. These values will aid them in leading healthy, productive lives.

The Y’s Teen Achievers Program has four basic goals:

  • Encourage youth to set and achieve high educational, professional and personal goals
  • Help youth to develop their talents and leadership skills
  • Create channels for Achievers to become involved in the community
  • Acknowledge Achievers for their program accomplishments and recognize the adults that volunteer their time

The Y’s Teen Achievers program provides students with a number of opportunities as they work toward graduating from high school, including:

  • Tutoring/Mentoring
  • Leadership Development
  • Career Workshops
  • Self Esteem Workshops
  • Three-Day College Tours
  • College/Career Fairs
  • SAT/ACT Preparation
  • Workplace Tours
  • Recognition Events
  • Job Shadowing
  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Since 2005, 93% of the graduating seniors in the Teen Achievers Program have advanced to institutions of higher learning.

To learn more, please contact:

Maurice Fears
Associate Executive Director
[email protected]
(815) 726-3939, ext. 413

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