ACT Program Objectives

Our goal is to prepare area high school juniors and seniors to successfully take the December 2019 ACT. Participating students will strengthen their academic and study skills through lectures, reinforcement practice, and the completion of five released ACT tests, which will then be scored and reviewed. By the time students take the December ACT, they should be fully prepared. December tests can be requested for review and we will do an exit review in small groups.

ACT Program Details

1 full immersive week of learning and preparation
2 program sessions: choose June 17 – 21 or June 24 – 28​ (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

10 Saturday morning sessions July – November
First and Third Saturdays of the month (9 a.m. – Noon)

• 5 on-site ACT practice tests
• 5 on-site small group reviews of previously taken tests
• 1 final review of December ACT​ test

ACT Prep Class Details

Location:​ Cincinnati State Technical College
Cost:​ $290 (lunch provided first week)
Payment Plan: $50​ deposit, $50 each friday until fully paid
Registration:​ Last date of application May 31. Contact [email protected] or call 513-362-2048

The YMCA Achievers is a college readiness and career exploration program which provides teens with the essential tools to pursue higher education and to identify different career opportunities. Call us at 513-362-2048 or email [email protected]

Program Description

Achievers is a national college and career readiness program, delivered by the Y, that supports students in setting and reaching higher education and career goals. Today, there are more than 300 Y Achievers programs operating across the country. 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 Need

  • 35-40% of students who enroll in college drop out in the first semester
  • For African-American and Hispanic students, the graduation rate is less than 75%
  • 36% of Cincinnati residents 25 years older have some college or earned a bachelor’s or associate’s degree
  • Among students who do graduate, 1/3 need remedial courses in college and far too few go on to earn a college degree


Through a multifaceted approach, Y Achievers incorporates the engagement framework of Core Program Components, the Five Pillars, and the Y Achievers Curriculum, based on the University of Chicago’s 6to16™.


After going through the program, students are prepared to enter college. Some of the outcomes are as follows:

  • 100% of seniors graduate from high school
  • 80% increase their knowledge in college readiness material
  • 80% of seniors take the PSAT, ACT, SAT, and Compass
  • 80% of seniors complete a FAFSA application
  • 80% of seniors receive at least one letter of acceptance to higher education
  • 80% increase their exposure to career options through the career clusters
  • 70% increase their knowledge in financial literacy
  • 80% enroll in higher education after high school
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