YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s Y Achievers Program Gets Major Boost from Wells Fargo Investment

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The Y's college and career program for teens will receive $200,000 from Wells Fargo to create positive change in Charlotte's West Boulevard community.

Wells Fargo Day of Caring

Wells Fargo recognizes that an investment in today’s youth develops Charlotte’s future workforce.

Wells Fargo & Company announced Saturday that it is investing $4.6 million in philanthropic giving to Greater Charlotte nonprofits including $200,000 to expand the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s Y Achievers program at West Mecklenburg High School.

Placing a special focus on developing the West Boulevard corridor, the Wells Fargo investment will support the Y and fellow nonprofits in efforts related to education, community development, arts and culture, and health and human services.

“We are grateful to Wells Fargo for this investment in Y Achievers,” said Glenn Thomas, YMCA Community Development executive director. “Wells Fargo recognizes that an investment in today’s youth develops Charlotte’s future workforce. This contribution will allow Y Achievers to serve many more students and the bank’s generosity also sends a powerful message to the West Boulevard community that these students are worth encouraging, coaching and supporting.”

“We are pleased to support the YMCA and the Y Achievers program at West Mecklenburg High School,” said Kendall Alley, Community Banking regional president in Charlotte for Wells Fargo. “This effort connects directly with our vision and values. At Wells Fargo, we believe that we’re responsible for being leaders to promote the long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for everyone in our communities. If they prosper, so do we.”

Y Achievers is a leadership and academic enrichment program that helps teens set and achieve post-secondary education and future career goals. Students participate in a workforce readiness program in conjunction with the academic year and internships during the summer. Y Achievers operates in partnership with three Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) including West Mecklenburg High School.

“The donation from Wells Fargo will allow us to triple the number of students at West Mecklenburg High School over the next four years,” explained Thomas. “It also helps the Y provide a more intensive, robust program for the students by increasing the number of program days, adding the support of CMS teachers and engaging students in global service learning opportunities. It will also provide summer internship stipends and college scholarships for seniors.”

The announcement was made at a kickoff event at the Stratford Richardson YMCA for the bank’s third annual Wells Fargo ‘Day of Caring.’ More than 1,700 Wells Fargo team members volunteered at 100 locations across the Greater Charlotte region including the Stratford Richardson YMCA which serves as a key program site for Y Achievers.

About the YMCA of Greater Charlotte
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, comprised of 19 membership locations and two resident camps, engages approximately 292,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for 138 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. http://www.ymcacharlotte.org

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