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Did you know that 85% of high-risk behavior among youth occurs during the after school hours of 3 to 6 p.m.?  This is why YMCA after-school programs are so vital.

Thanks to Anaheim Achieves, more than 6,000 youth and teens are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. They have a safe, positive and enriching place to explore their unique talents and interests, and discover their full potential. That makes for confident kids today—and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

Anaheim Achieves was started in 1999 through an unprecedented community collaboration.The program has earned state and national recognition for its outstanding curriculum in academics, enrichment and recreation. The program also promotes community safety, parent involvement, volunteerism and civic pride. Anaheim Achieves builds upon the school districts’ exceptional daytime curriculum by providing literacy development, homework assistance, mentoring, enrichment activities (art, music, dance), character development and countless more activities. All sites are open until 6 p.m. The program is offered to students for $38 per month at the elementary schools and for free at the junior highs. Financial assistance is available.

A typical day in Anaheim Achieves includes the following:

•Homework/study time to help address specific academic needs
•Structured recreational and S.T.E.M. focused enrichment activities
• Monthly field trips (at no extra cost)
• Character Development (to learn about honesty, caring, respect and responsibility)
• Afternoon snacks
• Mentors and tutors
• A variety of Clubs, including cooking, drama, sports, arts & crafts, cheerleading and more

In 47 local schools
Anaheim Achieves is in 47  schools (37 elementary, 6 junior high and 5 high schools)
For a list of sites, click here.

A Balanced Curriculum
Academics: S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), reading and writing
Enrichment: art, drama, dance, leadership clubs
Recreation: team sports, fitness, health, nutrition
Character: Honesty, Caring, Respect, Responsibility

Regional Learning Center
The California After School Partnership (California Dept. of Education, Foundation Consortium, Governor’s Office of the Secretary for Education) has chosen Anaheim Achieves as one of 14 outstanding After School Programs in the state to serve as a model for developing programs.

Y Be Healthy
The Y Be Healthy program brings health, fitness and character development to Anaheim Achieves students. Funding the program are the Orange County Health Care Foundation and the Carol M. White Physical Education Program Federal Grant.

Quarterly Events
Anaheim Achieves organizes quarterly events such as Fit-N-Fun Family Day and the Anaheim Achieves Showcase to further promote the the four areas of a balanced curriculum – academics, enrichment, recreation and character – through fun activities for the whole family.

It only takes one hour a week to become an academic mentor, where you can help students with homework and serve as a positive role model.

Anaheim Achieves Mission
Anaheim Achieves is a citywide collaborative initiative aimed at assuring that all Anaheim’s children maximize their learning potential, develop healthy lifestyles, practice responsible citizenship, and envision meaningful and productive futures.

9 Anaheim Achieves Goals

  1. Provide a safe off-track and after-school environment
  2. Students will meet or exceed state & local standards
  3. Teach positive character traits
  4. Healthy lifestyle choices, constructive recreational, enrichment, and community service activities
  5. Parent/family involvement and education
  6. Family access to health care
  7. Community volunteerism
  8. Staff training and development
  9. Collaborative support and strategic partnerships

Awards and Recognition

•  21st Century Community Learning Center (since 1999)
•  Top collaboration in California by the Cities, Counties & Schools Partnership (2001)
•  Regional Learning Center through the California After School Partnership (2002)
•  Award for Educational Excellence from the Assoc. of CA School Administrators (2003)
•  Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association (2003)
•  National nomination as a promising after-school program in mathematics by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) (2005)
•  Recognized by the Orange County Dept. of Education for Outstanding Contributions and Leadership: Character Education (2005)
•  Certificate of Congressional Special Recognition (2007)
•  Career Academy Program and Kids Challenge (2009)
•  Promising Practices in Afterschool by the Academy of Educational Development (AED) (2009)


> School Site Map

> School Site List

> Anaheim Achieves Fact Sheet

> YMCA Program Member Form

> Anaheim Achieves Student Application

> Financial Aid Application