28th Annual Black Achievers Celebration

The 28th Annual Black Achievers Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held in October at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. This year’s event recognized 17 volunteers who work year-round mentoring student achievers one-on-one and in small group settings. Black Achievers is a national signature program of Y-USA with the goal of encouraging young people to pursue higher education degrees and professional career paths. Currently, the YMCA of Delaware has a 95 percent college enrollment success rate.

Dr. Steve Perry was this year’s keynote speaker at the awards ceremony. Dr. Perry has become a national icon in the education revolution, a change agent who is tireless in his fight for providing equal and competitive opportunities for children who otherwise would not have a voice. Among his many accomplishments, he is the Education Contributor for CNN and MSNBC, he is featured in CNN’s Black in America series, and is an Essence Magazine columnist. Additionally, he is a best-selling author, a host for TVOne’s “Save My Son”, and the Founder and Head of Schools for the Capital Preparatory Schools.

Before the event, Dr. Perry spent part of his afternoon at the Walnut Street Y speaking to students in the Y’s after-school program about success and overcoming difficulties.

“Dr. Perry’s mission of providing high quality education with college bound opportunities for children is very much in accord with the goal of the Black Achievers Program,” said Claire Carey, Director of Black Achievers and Teen Programs at the YMCA of Delaware’s Walnut Street branch.

Dr. Steve Perry addressing the audience at the Black Achievers Celebration.

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