Social Responsibility - Strong Communities Agenda

The Racine Family YMCA Strong Communities Agenda provides a range of programs designed to increase the strength and effectiveness of community life and improving local conditions, especially for youth in disadvantaged situations.

The African philosophy, "It takes a village to raise a child" explains the critical role parents, teachers, volunteers, donors, community members, and YLA members play in helping achieve our mission. There is not another program in Racine like the YLA. We are a member program with the goal of changing the attitudes of youth toward and empowering them to achieve success in school and life.

Members embark on the three components of the Young Leaders Academy between a two to six-year period, depending on when they start the program.

Component 1:
School Achievers
Component 2:
Young Achievers
Component 3:
Teen Achievers



The Personal Responsibility Education Program is focused on preventing unintended teen pregnancies and STI’s while also incorporating important adult preparation subjects such as building healthy relationships, learning about financial literacy, and focusing on educational attainment.


Although the program is open to all, P.R.E.P. targets African American and Latino youth because of the discrepancies in their rates of unintended pregnancies and contractions of STI’s compared to their white counterparts. During the 2014-15 school year, 1112 students received P.R.E.P. programming at Horlick H.S., Case H.S., Park H.S., PEPS Program and McKinley Middle School. P.R.E.P. continues to grow annually and is focused on reaching as many youth between the ages of 10-19 as possible. For more information please contact Sarah Martin, P.R.E.P. Program Administrator at (262) 898-4764.

The first national program of its kind designed by the National Latino Children’s Institute(NLCI) to encourage healthy lifestyles among Latino families. The eight-session program assists Hispanic families with children 12 and under to make healthy eating choices and incorporating activities involving the whole family into their daily lives.

First Choice is a 6 week program focusing on Tools for Success as a prerequisite for construction concepts, road building and safety. In the Tools for Success curriculum emphasis is placed within the curriculum personal growth and development assets. Our experience is that employers value a candidate who brings time, stress, anger management and other employability skills to them while the prospective employer provides other skills in the building trades for successful careers


The YMCA College Readiness Center supports local youth
involved in the Teen Achiever Program by providing them with a safe, supervised and social environment which promotes skills for a healthy lifestyle, academic excellence, and career exploration. This spacious atmosphere allows 7th-12th graders to attend Teen Achiever meetings, work on homework, research colleges/scholarships and freely choose their activities.

The College Readiness Center will be open from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Monday-Thursday. It is located in the lower level of the Lakefront Y Branch building, and is complete with a computer lab, pool tables, ping pong table, foosball table, video game consoles and cable television.

Focus on Fathers Is a multi-faceted fatherhood initiative that enhances the capacity of fathers to be positively involved in the lives of their children and their communities. There are afternoon and weekday sessions, young father mentoring, support groups, as well as workshops to interested organizations. 

Through evidence based fatherhood, relationship, and early childhood development programming fathers learn principles of effective parenting and communication.