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YMCA of Greater Boston to expand college prep program with Raytheon donation

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 28, 2013 11:16 AM

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David Wilkins, vice president of Raytheon and YMCA General Board member; Hailey Sanchez; Raphael Castillo; Bryan Sanchez; Josue Hernandez; Armani Acevedo; Kevin Washington, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston; and Will Morales, executive director of YMCA Achievers and the Egleston Square Youth Center.

The YMCA of Greater Boston will use a $50,000 donation from the Raytheon Company to expand its Achievers program.

For the past 38-years, the initiative has worked to help low-income Boston teenagers prepare for college with SAT prep, seminars, mentors, and networking.

“For many of our Y Achievers, they will be the first in their family to attend college so the task of navigating college applications and filling out financial aid forms seems insurmountable,” said Kevin Washington, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston, said in a statement. “For our non-English speaking families, these challenges are even greater. This program removes many of those barriers and helps our students beyond applying for and receiving their acceptance letter, carrying them into their freshman year.”

The funds will help expand the course's 15-week College Path curriculum to more than 200 students in three Boston public high schools. Currently, the program serves 50 youths, according to the YMCA.

“Students are faced with many difficult decisions during their first year of college, and we know that being successful in college remains a challenge,” David Wilkins, vice president of Contracts and Supply Chain for Raytheon, said in a statement. “We’ve seen first-hand the power of this program and its successes with Raytheon’s mentees, and we want to ensure that the Y can reach as many students as possible. It’s an honor to help the Y Achievers Program grow and, with it, our Boston youth.”

In addition to the College Path program, the money from the Waltham-based company will help support the Young Achievers Summer Institute and The YMCA Achievers Annual College and Career Fair.

For more information about enrolling a student in an upcoming session, click here or contact Michele Wendling, YMCA youth program coordinator, at (617) 522-0946.

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