Y Achievers, a national YMCA program, serves students of numerous racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups from varying academic levels in pursuit of high educational and career goals. Y Achievers helps teens improve academic performance, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options plus interact with professionals who serve as role models.
Join us in August 2022 for the YMCA Achievers Summit – a national gathering for both Achievers teens and staff. Taking place at the scenic YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the Summit will provide valuable leadership development, life enhancing skills and group interaction in a fun and exciting week. The adults will receive valuable program and personal development while also having opportunities to support and serve the teens. For questions about the Achievers Summit, email AchieversSummit@yblueridge.org.
Corrien Elmore-Stratton is the Executive Director of Teen Leadership for the Greater Philadelphia YMCA. She manages and operates programs for over 4,000 students across the Greater Philadelphia region. With over 17 years of experience in youth development, with 11 of those years being with the YMCA, Corrien has built her career on providing quality programming for youth and families. Corrien brings her passion for working with BIPOC youth and love of Achievers to the planning committee team.
Greg Hall has served teens for his entire career. Starting his career in Kentucky, Greg has been a part of the Atlanta, Charlotte, Winston Salem, and Cincinnati YMCA’s. He also served the Y movement as a senior consultant for the Redwoods Group before assuming his current role as Vice President of Mission Impact at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly.
Benjamin Major grew up a Y kid doing summer camp and sports in Fayetteville, NC. He now gets to have even more fun leading teen programs for the YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas and infusing diversity and inclusion in various teen communities. Outside of that, he enjoys being with friends and family, traveling, listening to Beyoncé, and working out.
Eboné Mitchell was introduced to the YMCA as a college student at NC State University, working with over 100 middle school teens every day. After graduating college, she then moved to Richmond, VA where she had opportunities to grow as a Y professional in a variety of different capacities. She currently resides in Tampa, FL, where she serves as an Associate Executive Director. When not spending time at the Y, you can find her at brunch, the gym or cleaning her sneakers.
Karina Teixeira is the Executive Director of Teen Development at the YMCA of Greater Boston. She also serves as the Executive Chair for the Latino Resource Network group and holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College. In addition to her nonprofit experience, Karina volunteers with the Big Sister program to give back to other companies that are supporting our future leaders.
Keith Vinson is a cause-driven senior executive leader that supports a culture of excellence, quality, and diversity. Keith currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. Additionally, he has been an executive leader in YMCA of Greater Charlotte, YMCA of South Hampton Roads and YMCA of Middle Tennessee. Keith is the co-host on the Causenectic podcast which seeks to amplify the voice of the Y in the community.