Black Achievers

The Black Achievers program provides college readiness and career awareness to African American teens in Wilmington. African American mentors from diverse career fields are nominated by the local business community to serve as role models, preparing participants for future success. The Achievers meet weekly for one year at the Walnut Street YMCA. The year culminates with an Annual Awards Dinner to honor the Adult Achievers and recognize Teen Achievers who are eligible for scholarships.

Meeting Location & Time
Walnut Street YMCA
1000 North Walnut St Wilmington, DE 19801
Saturday, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.


Black History Month Celebration

February 1, 2020, 10:30 a.m., Walnut Street YMCA

Join us for a celebration of African American Innovators. There will be guest speakers, performances, demonstrations, history displays, vendors, refreshments and more!


2020 Annual College Tour

April 12 – 18, 2020
College Tour Application


Black Achievers Gala 2020

Date and details TBA


2020 Black Achiever Sponsors

  • Barclays
  • Delmarva Power
  • Navient
  • WSFS
  • Highmark
  • M&T
  • Comcast
  • Wilmington City Council
  • New Castle County
  • Christiana Care
  • Wilmington University
  • Bank of America
  • ENT and Allergy of Delaware

2020 Adult Achievers

  • Tamara Blake – Barclays
  • Genea Delaware – Barclays
  • Kim Thomas – Odom – Barclays
  • Jayda Jones – Navient
  • Nikkia Squires – Christiana Care
  • Dr. Niya Jones – Christiana Care
  • Kimberly Clark – Christiana Care
  • Kevin Hunter – M&T Bank
  • Jillian Harris – ENT and Allergy of Delaware
  • Aundre Chambers – WSFS

Our Mission


The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.