On Saturday, October 10, Savannah Tribune
Vice President Tanya Milton, and Managing Editor Marius Davis addressed members of the YMCA’s Teen Achievers and explained the fundamentals of putting together a newspaper.
The attentive group asked questions and even formed a “newspaper staff”. The “staff” included Reggie Demery, Nathaniel Butler, Janee Nealy, Elijah Jones, Chanelle Craig, and Christina Lundy.
The YMCA of Coastal Georgia’s Teen Achievers Program targets multi-cultural youth between the ages of 13 and 18.
The program relies on volunteer mentors, community leaders, guest speakers and sponsors to accomplish its mission of changing the lives of youth in the communities the YMCA of Coastal Georgia services. There are currently 40 local teens from Chatham, Liberty and Bryan counties participating in the program which includes fundraising activities, community service projects and career cluster workshops.
The Teen Achievers, originally know was YMCA Black Achievers, was founded in Houston, Texas in 1967 by Quentin Mease. The aim of the program was to motivate African-American teens to academic and career success.
Today the YMCA has added multi-cultural, academic and leadership programming to serve a broad range of youth and families. There are 200 active Teen Achievers program nationwide.