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At the Y, we develop lifelong skills and foster emotional well-being in people of all ages and from all walks of life. Education has always been a very important part of this responsibility and is now more vital than ever. We provide youth with innovative curriculum, guidance and support to help them learn, grow and thrive.

Black Achievers
The YMCA Black Achievers Program is a national college readiness initiative designed to help teens of color – Teen Achievers – set and pursue high educational and career goals. Through academic support, career exploration and mentoring from Adult Achiever volunteers, the YMCA Black Achievers Program helps youth raise their academic standards, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options, and meet and interact with professionals of color – Adult Achievers – who serve as role models to inspire them to greater heights.

Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) is a pre-college mentoring program for high school students. SAS links academically promising, motivated students from low-income families with caring adult mentors. Along with other community collaborators, financial sponsors, and the program's supportive staff, the mentors make dreams of a college education come true.

The mission of SAS is to provide academic, personal and financial support to disadvantaged students who wish to pursue post-secondary education. By providing personal guidance and ongoing support, mentors and Y staff help Milwaukee Public high school students succeed academically and build the foundation for college.

Youth Leadership Academy    Ages 7 – 12
The Youth Leadership Academy nurtures the development of leadership and academic abilities of African American boys, empowering them to improve the quality of their lives and assist them in becoming productive citizens. Our program consists of a focused language arts, math, and leadership curriculum with supplemental field trips to round out this year-round program for boys in grades 2-6. Academic year sessions occur every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Northside YMCA. For more information call (414) 374-9418.

Early Childhood Education
YMCA Child Care Centers provide high-quality educational experiences for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Research has proven that children exposed to high quality early childhood education experience greater success as students – not only in the elementary grades, but throughout their lives. YMCA Early Childhood Education Programs use a resourceful curriculum that focuses on teaching children through physical, social, emotional and cognitive experiences.




Through mentoring and recreation programs, the YMCA is committed to helping prove to all Milwaukee-area children that they have a future worth working toward.