High School students in the Summit YMCA’ s Achievers Program recently toured several colleges in the Mid-Atlantic region from June 26 through June 28. Students from West Orange, Union, Summit and Springfield visited the University of Maryland at College Park, Howard University, and Morgan State University.

This year’s tour was made possible in part through generous funding from Novartis Pharmaceuticals and the Charles Emil Thenen Foundation, making it possible for local high school students who would not ordinarily have an opportunity to visit colleges outside New Jersey to broaden their sights and realize their education goals. As the parent of a returning Achiever said, “My daughter can’t stop talking about how much she fell in love with a school she wasn’t even interested in applying to. I am thankful for the opportunity, which has broadened her horizons. She can’t wait for the Achievers Program to start again in the fall.”

The Summit Area YMCA’s Achievers Program was founded in 1993 and provides high quality college and career readiness programming to low income and minority teens. The Achievers Program consists of 3 overlapping strands: career awareness, Latino support, and college preparation, all of which are tailored to individual needs. Since our program began, 90 Achievers have graduated from high school, and 95% have gone on to college or university.

For more information about the program, contact Tia Sargent, Summit YMCA Community Development Director at (908) 273-3330 x 140 or tia.sargent@theSAY.org. Our YMCA is one of the area’s largest charitable organizations. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we make financial assistance available to help pay for membership or program fees. If you need assistance, ask any staff person. If you can help us help others, donate online at www.theSAY.org