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Legacy Class XXXVI - Project Team 6

Empowering Youth through Higher Education

Name of Team Captain: Cristy Andrews

Team Member Names: Cristy Andrews, Lynn Bius, Nick Hamilton, Dee Jones, Gena Richardson, Benjamin Schlemmer, Denise Vaughn

Agency Assisted: YMCA

Project’s Thematic Area: Empowering Youth through Higher Education

Project Location: Bell Road YMCA & Baptist Resource Center Auditorium

Date(s) of Implementation: October 10, 2019 to April 23, 2020

Duration of Project: 7 months

Who was served by the project?

High school youth with a special focus on first-generation college attendees

How many people benefited from this project?

The Y-Achievers program serves over 150 low income, minority high school students.  The marketing for the above mentioned event will target a diverse population of students. The team hosted 24 participants for the event scheduled on January 23, 2020. 

Final Project Description:

Delivered a college preparation seminar for high school students with diverse backgrounds.  The targeted population was first-generation college students who were interested in attending college.

Special focus of session 1: Career Planning, Paying for College, FAFSA 10, and Personal Brand Awareness.

  • 8:30am-9am Registration and snacks
  • 9am-9:20am: Welcome from Leadership Montgomery Team Member
  • 9:30am-10:30am Group Session One: “Paying for College” FAFSA 101 – Alabama State University Financial Aid Representative
  • 10:40am-11:30am Group Session Two: “The Admissions Process and Choosing a Major” Alabama State University Admissions Office Representative
  • 11:30am-12:30pm Lunch
  • 12pm- Keynote Speaker, Sharleen Smith “Personal Brand Awareness”
  • Closing remarks

What is the vision for the future of the project:

This project will expose parents and students located within the YMCA Montgomery County region, who have a desire to pursue continued education at the collegiate level, to resources that increase awareness of college financial support, career opportunities and academic testing preparation.  The project team and our YMCA partner originally planned to attend one to two monthly Y-Achiever Sessions.  Our objective was to educate/expose the Y-Achievers to several career opportunities, as well as, ACT Preparation. After our original proposal, we encountered several challenges with the below plan:

1.      Conflicting school priorities/schedules amongst the Y-Achievers participants
2.      Lack of transportation for Y-Achievers to attend each event
3.      Limitation with YMCA location capacity
4.      Scheduling conflicts between YMCA and Project Team
5.      Montgomery school closures to mitigate COVID challenges

Our team’s vision for the future of the project would include additional collaboration and participation with all parties involved (YMCA Director, Y-Achievers and the Project Team).  Our original proposal would have ultimately accomplished this vision. 

Original Proposed Action Plan (October – April)






Tuskegee Open House

Project Team


One-hour Q&A with AUM

Project Team


Career Day - Finance Career Discussion

Project Team


ACT Review (Math)

Speaker/Project Team


ACT Review (Science)

Speaker/Project Team


Career Day - Nurse/Doctor Career Discussion

Speaker/Project Team


ACT Review-Reading/English

Speaker/Project Team


Career Day – Engineering Career Discussion

Speaker/Project Team


ACT Review – Reading/English

Speaker/Project Team


Career Day- Banking/Legal Career Discussion

Speaker/Project Team


Career Day – Military Recruiter

Speaker/Project Team


YMCA Achievers Banquet

Speaker/Project Team

Describe exactly how your project was implemented.

After careful consideration and deliberation, the team along with YMCA Representatives decided to revamp the abovementioned project plan.  The project team decided to organize two separate events scheduled for January 25, 2020(9:00am-2:00pm) and March 28, 2020 (8:00am-3:00pm):

Session 1

  • Understanding College Financial Guidelines
  • Review of the Admission’s Process
  • Understanding the importance of choosing the right Major
  • Personal Brand Awareness

Session 2 – Cancelled to limit exposure to COVID

  • ACT Science Preparation (2 hours)
  • ACT Math Preparation (2 hours) 
  • ACT English/Reading Preparation (2 hours)

Implementation Action Plan (Session 1)




Solidify Event(s) Location

Project Team

Determine time and dates

YMCA/ Project

Identify speakers 

Project Team

Create communication literature


Promote participation of scheduled events  (Media & YMCA Website) WAKA on Wednesday 22, 2020 at noon and WSFA on Thursday 23, 2020 at 11:00


Provide materials and resources for day of events

Project Team

Measure project success through parent/student  participation rate


Create list of volunteers and speakers for future events

Project Team

How many volunteer hours were devoted to this project?

Approximately 40 hours total

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