All kids have great potential. At the Y, we help them set and achieve their personal and educational goals. They gain confidence as they recognize the Y as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable exploring new interests and passions. Through leadership and academic enrichment programs such as mentoring, youth government and college preparation, we make sure that every child has an opportunity to envision a positive future, and to take an active role in strengthening the community.


Career awareness and mentoring programming for area Freshmen and Sophomores. The program includes weekly leadership meetings, recreational activities, volunteer opportunities, and college tours.
Program Objectives
  • Exposure to a wide range of career opportunities
  • Develop career goals
  • Instill self-esteem, self-respect, and social moral character
  • Provide role models from diverse backgrounds
  • Enhance leadership and life skills

For more information, contact:
Youth Achievement YMCA


Elevate GED

Elevate is a free high school (GED) program, offered in partnership with Rock Valley College, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois, and The Work Force Connection, for young adults ages 17 – 24. The program includes academic tutoring, career readiness, life skills training and paid work experiences. Benefits for participants include a free YMCA membership and free child care while attending on-site classes.
The program is funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
For more information, contact:
Youth Achievement at 815-489-1194


Impact 505

Impact 505 provides free service-based memberships to local teens in exchange for their commitment to volunteer four hours a month at an organization of their choosing. We inspire and develop teens into maturity and motivate them to give back to their community. Impact 505 provides a place to belong, purpose and mentorship.

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