6to16 is a college readiness curriculum and set of learning experiences that fosters the beliefs, knowledge, skills, and support needed to successfully complete high school and college. Published by the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, the curriculum strengthens academic preparation and promotes current and future educational goals. It includes core unit plans for each grade level and extensive supplemental touch points that fit any classroom or program.
Research shows that motivation for success in academics and life increase when youth are supported by adults. Y-Achievers understands the importance of these positive relationships and provides opportunities for adults from all career clusters to serve as role models that provide academic and career related mentoring.
Programs are delivered at sites throughout the city based on the needs of the population served. Y-Achievers meet two days a week for 1.5 hours from October to May. Programming offered during the school day follows the school calendar. Each YMCA branch is also providing the Y-Achievers program. Every staff member and volunteer is trained on the Positive Youth Development Framework, Trauma Informed approach, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Diversity and Inclusion and what it means to be a mandatory reporter.