What is the Achiever Program?
This program was founded in 1981 with the vision and the dream that through an ever increasing number of accomplished and motivated young men, the Black family unit can be maintained and strengthened. The goal is accomplished through the workshops and mentoring. More than one-thousand young men have gone through the program and more than 2.8 million dollars in scholarships have been awarded.
- Provide scholarships for college-bound high school males.
- Develop a program of recognition for outstanding males.
- Develop leadership ability in the young men selected for the program.
- Involve the community in the development of the young men by organizing a group of business and professional men to serve as mentors/confreres.
- Produce a corps of young men bound by common experiences who are dedicated to the improvement of our society.
- Expose participants to STEM careers.
What exactly is an Achiever? At the young age of 16 or 17, I surely had no clue. In hindsight, I don’t think I was supposed to understand at the time. However, as I entered adulthood, the lessons instilled in me by way of the Achiever Program came into fruition; lessons that I still carry to this very minute.
When I thought about being an Achiever, I automatically correlated that to wealth – in a way I was right. I am wealthy…however, real wealth doesn’t necessarily have to have a monetary connotation attached to it. Due to this program, I learned that I am wealthy. I am wealthy in spirit, I am wealthy in knowledge, I am wealthy in not compromising my integrity and values, I am wealthy in knowing my self worth and not letting anything stop me from attaining my goals in life. I am wealthy. I am an Achiever.
Besides…I don’t think I’ve been late to a single thing since completing the Achiever Program.
My experience in the Achiever Program was one that ultimately changed my outlook on my future both personally and academically. Though being from and living in the Bay Area hindered my full participation in the program I was still able to utilize the tools I was given from the Achiever Program in almost every aspect of my everyday life. I had to fly down nearly every other week to attend a little more than half the seminars and meetings but those alone have given me necessary tools to not just be successful in my future but to thrive in any situation I’m in.
Without the Achiever Program I could definitely say I would be lacking in key parts of my game. I thank the Achievement Trust, all the Angel City Links and every one of my past and future Achiever brothers for giving me more than I could ever ask for out of this program.
The Achiever Program has had a dramatic impact on my life as its helped me transition from a boy to a young man. The pairing of consistently meeting with successful men in my community (confreres) and being around peers with the same focus, drive and desires in life helped me form a sense of responsibility, accountability and overall maturity that has stayed with me to this day.
I found our group sessions especially helpful. Speaking and receiving advice from those who had previously completed their college experience gave me a leg up on the competition. I learned how to stand out with my professors and guidance counsellors as well how to handle myself with new experiences. This is a wonderful program which I feel proud to have been a part of.