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10/9 am
on KET

5:30/4:30 pm
on KET2

YMCA Black Achievers Program

Louisville’s Chestnut Street Family YMCA and its Black Achievers Program are prime examples of how volunteering can help change lives.

The Chestnut Street Y has been serving the Louisville community for more than 110 years. In 1980, the branch staff created the Black Achievers Program, modeled after a similar program in Harlem, to mentor minority young people. The program is supported by funding from local corporations, civic groups, and individuals and works with youth in Southern Indiana as well as Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham, Shelby, and Hardin counties.

The Black Achievers Program seeks to enhance the academic, personal, and career development of African-American youth through culturally based initiatives and year-round educational and mentoring projects. An annual awards celebration honors local minority high school students with more than $1 million in scholarships. Local adult achievers, selected by their corporations or civic groups, are honored as well. Since the program’s inception, nearly 1,768 high school seniors have been awarded more than $17 million in scholarships scholarships, and nearly as many adult achievers have served as mentors.

Watch an interview with program's 2010 Adult Achiever, Linda L. Wilson, to learn more.

Program 116
A look at volunteering in Louisville, Southern Indiana’s Derby Dinner Playhouse, the 2007 DinnerWorks showcase exhibit, and an update on the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. (#116)