Cincinnati, Ohio (December 16, 2019) – The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Achievers Program is one of only 17 national youth development organizations to receive the prestigious HI Impact Award. Hello Insight (HI) awardees are recognized for utilizing positive youth development practices to support young people. Each year, Hello Insight conducts in-depth research on the impact of youth programs to identify those that are highest-performing with the best outcomes in the country. The recent research analyzed outcomes for youth social and emotional learning across 560 national organizations, selecting Y youth development programs among the best in the country during the 2018-19 school year.
According to Hello Insight, the development of social and emotional learning (SEL) is now more important than ever, with growing evidence showing that SEL qualities rival academic or technical skills in their ability to predict employment and earnings, among other outcomes. While the demand for such skills has increased over the past 20 years, many employers around the world have reported that job candidates lack the soft skills needed to fill available positions. In the face of current societal economic, environmental, and social challenges, the promotion of these nonacademic skills is seen as critical. Business and political leaders are urging schools to pay more attention to equipping students with soft skills such as a positive identity, social skills, self-management, social capital, academic self-efficacy, and a sense of contribution.
“I have been extremely impressed with the YMCA as a partner within CPS,” said Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell. “We are not surprised that the Y and the Achievers Program has received this award. We are proud to work with the Y and many other organizations to make certain that students graduate prepared for their chosen career pathways — enrolled in college, enlisted in the military and ultimately employed in the competitive workforce.”
The YMCA Achievers program is a national college and career readiness program, which supports students in setting and reaching higher education and career goals. The program is geared toward first-generation college students and minorities and is delivered through workshops, college tours, Toastmasters, STEM, and more. Currently, students from 49 different high schools throughout the Greater-Cincinnati region are being served.
The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati annually helps 10,000 youth and teens thrive while finding a place to belong, gain work experience and helps our leaders of tomorrow find their voice. For more information, visit the website MyY.org.