Leadership and academic enrichment programs such as the Anaheim Achieves After School Program, Avanza, and STEM integration, make sure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue the best possible future.
The Y believes all children and teens have potential. But research shows that many youth from underserved and low-income families need extra support in reaching this potential. They often start kindergarten underprepared and fall behind their peers as they progress through school. That “gap,” known as the achievement gap, presents not just immediate hurdles for these students, but also long-term challenges for us all.
The Y is working with caregivers, students, schools districts and other community partners to close the gap, piloting evidence-based programs that improve students’ educational readiness, engagement and outcomes, while helping them grow emotionally and physically, too.
Children and teens’ future success is fostered by caring adults who make them feel loved, competent, happy and healthy today. That’s why Y staff and volunteers are also mentors and role models, sharing a part of this very important — but very inspiring — responsibility in helping youth realize who they are and what they can achieve.