The Black Achievers Program, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, has a long history of helping youth view themselves in a positive way, raise academic standards, and build character while connecting them with various career options, role models, and community leaders. The program and these mentors have provided Alyssia Leach with support throughout her high school career and has set her on a solid foundation for success in college and beyond.
She credits her Black Achievers mentors with helping her develop strong time management skills. Despite a full academic schedule (including over 8 AP courses throughout her duPont Manual career, and a 4.2 GPA), Alyssia invests her time and energy into making herself and her community better through her involvement in several school and community organizations like Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Students First, and the Black Student Union. She is also the Vice President of the Leaders of Tomorrow program sponsored by National Black MBA Association. Alyssia is also a member of the New Covanant Baptist Church where she works with the visual and audio production.
As a result of her hard work and with the encouragement of her mentors, she has also had the ability to connect with local business leaders who provided advice and guidance as she launched two businesses.
Now with a full-ride Porter Scholarship to U of L, Alyssia can focus on the education she’s receiving instead of how she will pay for college. She has already set a course for her post-graduate work as a cosmetic chemistry major, which will continue to enhance her cosmetics company, The Black Rose Effect.
“Starting out small as a small business owner as a young business owner, people don’t take you that seriously. But when you show the work that you’ve put in and they see the results then there’s the evidence and proof in itself.”
“With the Black Achievers you are doing things that you want to do: you’re learning about things that interest you. So, in a Business Cluster session, you’re meeting CEOs from around the city, you’re connecting with them. You’re learning how they started at the bottom and got to the top, and those keys are essential to growing a business for yourself.”
Cheryl Allen was looking for additional out-of-the-house activities for her young grandchildren when another parent recommended the YMCA Early Learning Readiness (ELR) Program. After just one session at Roosevelt-Perry Elementary School, all three were hooked, and started going two days a week.
From her own family to neighbors to church members’ children, Cheryl introduced three generations of children and parents to the ELR Program. She shared that two former program participants had such a strong foundation, that now “they’re SOARING” as kindergarteners.
In the ELR program children learn through PLAY (Planned Learning Activities for the Young) are taught basic academic skills to prepare them for preschool – but without the screens – as well as learning life skills to prepare them socially. ELR and the Y’s other academic achievement programs, like the YMCA Summer Learning Loss Prevention program, seek to provide families with much-needed educational resources at no cost.
Guardians stay with the children during the program, which has provend to be as educational to Cheryl as it has to the children. In addition to learning better parenting techniques, she has found a diverse community of people – many from different backgrounds – with shared interests. “I’m learning from other cultures and it helps the children to be around other cultures that they might not be around in our neighborhoods.” As a result, she’s observed that both parents and children are learning that we are more alike than different. A child will discover that “children who don’t look like me on the outside, they are like me on the inside.”
She likes the proximity of Roosevelt- Perry as well as the cultural activities, like to the Speed Art Museum. “I didn’t even know the art museum had a children’s area until we went on that field trip!”
“You want to support the Y because the Y supports your community.”
Guy has dealt with bullying and other difficulties in his 13 years, but at YMCA Camp Piomingo, he is in his element. Having been a camper for seven years, already, he feels strongly that he has found a place to call home.
Anxiety and panic attacks aren’t absent while Guy is at Camp. When they do strike, however, he has a number of trusted counselors who seem to know just what to do to help. And its not only him; Guy mentions many examples of when Piomingo staff have come to the aid of campers who were struggling, and just seemed to know exactly what the individual needed to make them feel better. They also know when to encourage campers to try something new, like a “challenge of choice.”
“Camp has definitely challenged me with doing things out of my comfort zone” like hikes, climbing, and horseback riding. “You definitely don’t have to go on a horse but they challenge you to try.”
The staff at Camp feel the same connection to Guy. YMCA Camp Piomingo’s Executive Director, Bridget Anderson, said, “Guy is a remarkable camper, and a fantastic example of the magic that happens in overnight camping.
When he first joined us he was quiet and reserved but over time found his voice and is now well-known through all of camp. Guy has become a huge part of our Y family.”
This should come as no surprise for a place where the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility have been embedded into the culture for decades. For 80 years, Camp Piomingo has provided inspiring, engaging and educational co-ed camp programs for children ages 6-16. The 120-acre campus has been home to countless summertime memories for generations of campers, earning YMCA Camp Piomingo a reputation as one of the premier overnight camps in the region.
“It’s definitely taught me how to work with others and has definitely taught me empathy, because I feel a great bond with everyone – counselors and campers.”
Guy hopes to one day be the one providing guidance and making the camp experience better for others: “It is definitely part of my dream that one day I’ll be a camp counselor at Camp Piomingo.”
Back pain took George Plager to his chiropractor, who discovered a worrisome spot on his tailbone. After some tests, the diagnosis was in: multiple myeloma. He underwent a stem cell transplant, started his recovery at home, but was motivated to improve his health further. “I just knew I had to get back into good physical condition.” Then he discovered the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program at the Northeast Family YMCA.
After beginning the program, he quickly started to see progress and gain strength and endurance. In fact, the YMCA has allowed George to maintain his love for bicycling. Back in 2003, George took a 4,200-mile cross-country bike trip. But bone damage from the myeloma has made road rides dangerous for him. The Y’s interactive bikes and spin classes have allowed him to continue bicycling in a safe environment. The variety of classes, activities, and equipment were a huge draw for George and his wife, Marty.
But then they discovered something they weren’t expecting: a community of support.
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA allows cancer survivors the opportunity to come to the Y to heal their whole person. Cancer knows no boundaries, but we believe in the power of a strong community of support. The 12-week program empowers cancer survivors to take an active role in their own healing to move beyond illness to reclaim wellness in spirit, mind and body.
“It’s been enlightening - probably the most important part of the whole program is the support and the care and the concern the people exhibit even though they have their own problems."
“The fact that you have this community of people you never knew before and you don’t know real, real well, but you know they’re looking out for you just you makes you feel like you have worth; that you’re missed and you’re cared for. It’s an amazing feeling.”
National Safe Place
Republic Bank Foundation
Safe Place Services
Joyce Skees Memorial
Camp Piomingo Scholarships
Safe Place Services Shelter House
Pre-school Child Care Assistance
School-Age Child Care (SACC) Assistance
Free Summer Learning Loss Prevention Programs
Infant, Toddler, Pre-School and SACC
Summer Day Camps
Infant/Toddler/Preschool (0-5 years)
Elementary (6-11 years)
Junior/Senior High (12-17 years)
Young Adult (18-29 years)
Adult (30-64 years)
Senior (65+ years)
Policy Making Volunteers
For the Period Ending December 31, 2019 Consolidated Financial Statement
(unaudited) (includes YMCA and National Safe Place)
|Community Contributions/Special Events||$3,229,701|
|Metro United Way||$358,835|
|Government & Contract Services||$6,522,965|
|Includes: Community Service, Safe Place Emergency Shelter, Child Care, Day and Overnight Camping, Youth Sports and Aquatics|
|Includes: Youth, Teens, Adults, Seniors, Special Needs and Corporate Health|
|Includes: Black Achievers, Homeless Transitional Residence, Senior Adult Day Care and Education/Achievement Gap|
|Administration & Operations Management||$5,636,333|
|Increase in Net Assets & Reserves||$3,120,632|
|Beginning of Year||End of Year|
|Net Assets (in millions)||(audited)||(unaudited)|
|Total Net Assets||$70.4||$73.5|
YMCA ASSOCIATION SERVICES
545 South Second Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
BULLITT COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
409 Joe B. Hall Avenue
P.O. Box 846
Shepherdsville, Kentucky 40165
YMCA CAMP PIOMINGO
1950 Otter Creek Park Road
Brandenburg, Kentucky 40108
CHESTNUT STREET FAMILY YMCA
930 West Chestnut Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
CLARK COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
4812 Hamburg Pike
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130
DOWNTOWN FAMILY YMCA
555 South Second Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
FLOYD COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
33 State Street
New Albany, Indiana 47150
MIDDLETOWN FAMILY YMCA
12330 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40243
NATIONAL SAFE PLACE
2429 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, Kentucky 40217
NORTHEAST FAMILY YMCA
9400 Mill Brook Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40223
YMCA AT NORTON COMMONS
11000 Brownsboro Road
Prospect, KY 40059
OLDHAM COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
20 Quality Place
Buckner, Kentucky 40010
YMCA SAFE PLACE SERVICES
2400 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, Kentucky 40217
YMCA SCHOOL-AGE CHILD CARE
2411 Bowman Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40217
SOUTHEAST FAMILY YMCA
5930 Six Mile Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40218
SOUTHWEST FAMILY YMCA
2800 Fordhaven Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40214
REPUBLIC BANK FOUNDATION YMCA
1720 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40203
502 935 9622