by Rebecca Zanolini
Thanks to committed organizations such as YMCA’s Latino Achievers (YLA) program, Latino youth across Middle Tennessee are being provided motivation and leadership development skills, after school club meetings, information and preparation for higher education, and scholarship opportunities. According to the program’s coordinators:
The YMCA Latino Achievers Program exists to “Illuminate the path to success, where students dream, discover their strengths, and plan for their future”. YLA was created to improve the lives of Middle Tennessee's Hispanic youth and families. The program is focused on mentoring Latino youth in order to help them realize their full potential. The YMCA Latino Achievers program is dedicated to helping this important and growing community achieve its fullest potential in spirit, mind and body.
Serving over 300 students every year, YLA focuses on the collective Latino profile by targeting Latino youth and young adults along with their families. Furthermore, the program points out:
YLA aims to strengthen character and leadership skills as well as students’ academic achievement, in order to increase the high school graduation rate among Hispanic youth, and move on to higher education and eventually, career success according to their personal strengths. In addition, the program provides Latino youth mentorship with a focus on developing personal and professional leadership skills such as interviewing, communication, and a cultural appreciation component to build self-esteem and an awareness of their culture.Thus, the YMCA Latino Achievers will be partnering with La Sabrosita 810AM on Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4 to host their second annual fundraising Radiothon. This event aims to raise funds for the Latino Achievers Scholarship Fund. Since 2008, the YMCA Latino Achievers has awarded $84,720 to deserving youth in Davidson, Williamson, and
Juntos Triunfaremos - Together, we will succeed! By giving to the YLA Scholarship Fund, you are building dreams and illuminating the path to success for our youth. Remember to tune into La Sabrosita this Thursday and Friday. Please pass this information along to friends, family, and community members, and encourage them to give by calling 615.743.6206 on those days or giving online at www.ymcamidtn.org/latinoachievers. YMCA Latino Achievers students and families are truly grateful for your support.
The Radiothon will take place from 6:00am-6:00pm on Thursday, May 3 and from 7:00am-6:00pm on Friday, May 4. Please show your support to our area Latino families by donating to this valuable cause!