Teen Achievers


We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y, more young people in neighborhoods around the nation are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, teens learn values and positive behaviors and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential.

The YMCA’s Teen Achievers program provides students with 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. Through vital partnerships with area high schools, Teen Achievers teaches students to believe in themselves and strive for success.


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

Teen Achievers meets weekly in your school, from October through May. Additional programming is offered one Saturday each month.

Joliet West High School
Tuesdays, from 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Joliet Central High School
Wednesdays, from 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Plainfield South High School
Thursdays, from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Download a Registration Form

Participants in Teen Achievers have access to innovative programming throughout the school year, including:

  • Tutoring and mentoring support
  • Leadership development opportunities and career workshops
  • Empowerment workshops
  • In-state and out-of-state college tours
  • College and career fairs
  • SAT/ACT preparation
  • Workplace tours and job shadowing opportunities
  • Friendship, fellowship and much more!

To learn more about joining Teen Achievers, please contact:

Kelsey Kruel, Teen & Young Adult Advancement Manager
[email protected]
(815) 726-3939, ext. 420

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