Por y Para la Comunidad

YMCA Latino Achievers (YLA) inspires and empowers Latinx students to discover their strengths, shape their futures and transform the world. YLA seeks to close the opportunity gap for Latinx and immigrant-identifying Metro Nashville Public School students by using evidence-based practices to increase college application, enrollment rates and positive identity.

Program Components


YLA leads after-school programming using a college readiness curriculum and culturally-responsive teaching.

Schools Served

  • Hume-Fogg Academic High School
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School
  • McGavock High School
  • Hunters Lane High School
  • Cane Ridge High School
  • Antioch High School
  • John Overton High School
  • Glencliff High School
  • Hillwood High School


YLA encourages mentorship by providing one-on-one academic and social-emotional support. This includes, but is not limited to, preparing for higher education through financial planning and submitting college applications. Each year, we award scholarships to deserving high school seniors and alumni actively involved in our program.

Success after High School

YLA increases exposure to higher education through college tours, fairs and conversations with college admissions representatives and staff. Scholarships are awarded each year to deserving high school seniors and alumni actively involved in our program.


  • Intro to Senior Year
  • College Application Workshop
  • FAFSA Workshop
  • Scholarship Application Workshop

World of Work

YLA introduces professions and professionals of color through “World of Work” tours where students can see their dreams achieved by people who share their backgrounds.

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