Shrewsbury, NJ (August 24, 2017) – Teenagers interested in a YMCA college readiness program are invited to attend an information session at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, at The Community YMCA administration offices, 170 Patterson Avenue in Shrewsbury.

Jo Ann Rountree, Senior Director of Community Outreach, will discuss the Y Achievers initiative, which is open to high school students, ages 14 to 18. Since its founding 11 years ago, 82% of the more than 1,100 participating students have gone on to college.

The program helps prepare teens for college and career with a focus on five pillars: Academic Prep, College Knowledge, Life Skills, Caring Adult Relationship, and Identity Development. Students enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to work closely with mentors and a diverse array of professionals. The program will include an SAT prep class, assistance with college applications, college fairs, a college tour, seminars, community service projects and special events.

The yearlong program will take place bi-weekly from 6- 8 p.m., Wednesdays, starting Sept. 20 in Shrewsbury. The annual fee is $50. Junior and seniors at Poseidon Early College High School in Neptune and Academy Charter School in Lake Como will also participate in the program as part of their school day through a partnership with the Y. The Achievers program is largely funded by grants and generous donations from the community.

For more information, contact Ms. Rountree at 732.671.5505, ext. 116, or

About The Community YMCA
The Y is a leading nonprofit charity that strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Community YMCA serves more than 20,000 residents in greater Monmouth County, NJ through programs such as: preschool, before and after school care, summer day camp, teen leadership, arts enrichment, health and wellness and personal and family counseling. In 2015-16, the Y provided more than $404,000 in financial assistance and program subsidies to strengthen over 1,115 children and families. For more information, visit