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Linda L. Wilson, YMCA Black Achievers Program

Linda L. Wilson is a member of The Chestnut Street Family YMCA Black Achievers Advisory Board and the 2010 Adult Achiever of the Year. She is also Associate Director, Diversity Initiatives of the College of Arts & Sciences at The University of Louisville.

The YMCA Black Achievers program is a national college readiness program designed to help African-American and other teens of color set and pursue high educational and career goals. Through academic support, career exploration and mentoring, YMCA Black Achievers programs help 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 who serve as role models to inspire them to greater heights.

The YMCA Black Achievers program involves nearly 200 YMCAs. Achievers programs at Louisville-area YMCAs have directed more than $19 million to scholarships for youth and engaged more than 25,000 volunteers through networks of corporate and community partners. YMCA Black Achievers programs serve all youth of color, and many YMCAs have added new cultural, academic and leadership programming to serve a broad range of youth and families.

In 1980, The Chestnut Street Family YMCA began The Black Achievers program.

Ms. Wilson has been involved with Black Achievers Program for more than 10 years and is responsible for the annual Black Achievers Scholarship program for juniors and seniors and their parents. She also sits on the Youth Achievers selection committee, which is awarded annually.

Ms. Wilson earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Educational Psychology at Ball State University. She also received a M.A. in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville.

Ms. Wilson is a past recipient of the Service Award from the Chestnut Street YMCA Black Achievers Steering Committee, the ESSENCE OF WOMEN AWARD from the University of Louisville, and the Community Service Award for multicultural and international education and women's issues and trends from the Louisville, Chapter of LINKS, Inc.

She is a member of the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) and has been a national delegate and presenter on topics of cultural diversity and multicuturalism.

For more on YMCA Black Achievers, watch our Et Cetera segment.

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