In 1975, the YMCA Achievers program started as an opportunity for Boston based companies to honor and celebrate the contributions of African American employees. This recognition program now reflects the rich ethnic and racial diversity of our community and has evolved to focus on creating a college bound culture amongst students of color within the City of Boston. As we celebrate our 40th Anniversary, we proudly share the impact of our work and how the program has grown:

  • More than 2,400 employees of color from Greater Boston are Alumni of the Achievers Program, representing 173 companies.
  • Adult Achievers have volunteered more than 84,000 hours in community service.
  • Since its inception, the YMCA Youth Achievers Program has served 25,000 teens in the City of Boston.

As a signature program of the YMCA of Greater Boston, we are able to reach students from every major Boston neighborhood, with the majority of youth program participants residing in Roxbury, Dorchester, Hyde Park or Mattapan. We pride ourselves on the significant role we have played in the evolution of diversity and inclusion in our city, and for fostering relationships between current professionals and the future of our city’s workforce. We ask that you join us in making dreams a reality.