The impact of this program is centered on support from our community. Adult Achievers are expected to be consistent and positive role models for students. Mentors motivate and aid students in building the character strengths, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behavior, smart life choices, and the pursuit of higher education and career goals. Our Adult Achievers are also professionals seeking to strengthen or learn a new skill set to further their careers in their industries. Professional development opportunities are provided to Adult Achievers to advance their careers, becoming more impactful in the communities they serve. Strong adult role models from the community make all the difference. 

Who should apply for Adult Achievers?

  • Emerging and mid-career professionals
  • Commitment to diversity in your organization
  • Self-motivated and mentoring spirit
  • African-American/Black, Latino, and other minority professionals but all are welcomed to apply
  • Capital Region based
  • All are encouraged to apply, even if you were a former Adult Achiever

Meet our 2023-2024 Adult Achiever Cohort

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Benefits of being an Adult Achiever

  • ​​​​​Professional headshot
  • Access to Black & Latino Alumni Association
  • Access to employment opportunities
  • Access to relationships with local successful Black and Brown professionals 
  • Life-long friendships with Adult Achievers across the nation
  • Professional development
  • Leadership opportunities and trainings
  • Certified community service hours
  • Letters of recommendation

Volunteer Opportunities

Becoming a career workshop presenter: Conduct a seminar in your area of professional expertise.

Becoming a personal development workshop presenter: Conduct a seminar on a topic such as interviewing skills, dressing for success, money management, college life, self-esteem and other such similar topics.

Becoming a Chaperone: Provide adult supervision at a special event. 

Hosting a job shadow day: Provide a young person with the opportunity to experience a typical workday in my profession. 

Becoming a tutor: Help a program participant improve his/her academic performance in an area that he/she is finding to be academically challenging.

Becoming a mentor: Provide an adult presence at meetings. 

Joining the scholarship team:  A) Identify at least three scholarships for college-bound juniors and seniors and B) Meet on a quarterly basis with a small group of college-bound juniors and seniors to assist them with the application process for various college scholarships. 

Hosting an Internship: Provide A 6–8-week internship experience to our Junior & Senior Achievers. 

Black & Latino Achievers Program Committee: Provide program/event planning support.

Volunteer today with Achievers
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Professional Development Series Topics

  • Leadership - Team Management
  • Leadership - Strategy Development/Planning
  • Leadership - Data Driven Decision-Making
  • Executive Leadership – NonProfit
  • Executive Leadership – Corporate
  • Communication (Internal, Social Media, etc.)
  • Technical (Microsoft Office, et al)
  • Organizational Development
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Board Participation/Management/Development
  • Conflict Management & Resolution in the Workplace
  • Public Speaking
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Networking Like A Boss
  • Program Management
  • Project Management