West Barnstable, MA – New Google Chromebooks were awarded to 24 YMCA Cape Cod Achievers Program participants. These students are in their junior year or recent graduates from Barnstable High School and off to college this week. Students will utilize this tool for high school academics, college search, or to connect to their new collegiate system for completing college course work. The students were quoted as saying, “The Chromebook has made a huge difference!” and, “I am unbelievably grateful for this gift!”
The Y Achievers Program is a Youth Development Program for teens that focuses on post-secondary education and career exploration. Focusing on 5 Pillars – Academics, College Knowledge, Positive Relationships, Life Skills, and Positive Identity – Y Achievers from Barnstable High School, ages 12-19, meet weekly at Hyannis Youth & Community Center to learn about different careers, by interacting with professionals sharing their personal journey and how they got to where they are, to plan and lead community service projects, and so much more. The Y Achievers program provides students with caring, responsible adult role models and the skills and confidence to develop goals and a plan for life beyond high school. Y Achievers are the first in their families to go onto post-secondary education.
As a Youth Development Program at the YMCA Cape Cod, this program is supported entirely through contributions from local corporations and foundations. 2017-2018 Program Sponsors include Cape Cod Substance Abuse Prevention Fund, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Santander, the Cape & Islands United Way, and many more. The Chromebooks were received as a result of a grant awarded by the Mass Networks Education Partnership, Inc.
This year’s graduates have each successfully been accepted to the following schools: Central Connecticut State University, Cape Cod Community College, Johnson & Whales, UMass Amherst, Marymount University, University of Connecticut, UMass Boston, Bridgewater State University, UMass Dartmouth, Emanuel College, and the US Marine Corps.