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Latino Achievers Slide Show!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lipscomb & Belmont Visits, Two Tours in One! Join Us - Saturday 9/6!

We are thrilled to launch our YLA weekend activities with a college tour double-header! Join us to visit two great schools - Lipscomb University & Belmont University - both in the same day!

WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 8:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

WHERE: Meet at 8:00am at the YMCA Latino Achievers Office @
The Harding Place YMCA
411 Metroplex Drive, Nashville, TN 37211
Bus will leave from and return to this location

WHAT TO BRING: YLA Permission Slip - Available Here
All of your questions about Lipscomb & Belmont Universities
Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather - Lunch will be provided

Come tour Lipscomb and Belmont’s campuses and meet current students!
Learn about the admissions process, scholarships, and more – We’ll be learning together!
To register for this event, please Sign Up Here!
Sign up will close on Friday 9/5 at noon - plan ahead!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

George Lopez Visits Latino Achievers

#LatinoAchieversNeedGeorge - George Lopez that is! On June 25, 2014, George Lopez spoke to a group of YMCA Latino Achievers, FUTURO, and La Escalera students at John Overton High School. Lopez joined the students in response to their twitter campaign and youth-created YouTube video. After a six-day social media campaign, Lopez happily agreed to join a group of 60 student leaders in the auditorium at John Overton High School. Cesar Molina, the student creator of the YouTube video, shares his experience with us here.


"Alli viene el chingón"
By Cesar Molina
John Overton High School Class of 2014,
YMCA Latino Achievers Club Co-President 2013-2014
Seeing George Lopez step out of his SUV and walk my way was a major life moment for me. He said “it’s a pleasure to finally put a full body to the face that started this video”. He was referring to the YouTube video I made that launched our #LatinoAchieversneedGeorge campaign on Twitter. I was completely blown away.
Meeting my role model and a huge celebrity was shocking. Being asked to walk him to the stage and introduce him to my fellow YMCA Latino Achievers was even more amazing. I was lucky enough to have him hug me as I walked across the stage, and then he asked everyone to give me a round of applause for the video I had created - breathtaking! George shared his life story in a serious, but also funny way. It was so impactful to everybody in those seats. He showed his weaknesses and showed that his life hasn’t always been fun and games and the spotlight, helping us realize that he is also still a human being who has and does face struggles in life. One major point he proved was that to be someone great you have to go through some difficult things to get to the top. I believe that everyone received inspiration or even a blessing from the great George.
George Lopez coming to Nashville was not only significant for me and my fellow Latino Achievers. It was a huge moment for the Latin community here. Having the privilege of making the launch video and getting George hooked was a major blessing to me. He has always been a huge role model to me and I’ve always looked up to him for being a major Latin inspiration and leader.
During his visit, George Lopez started a new flame in me that tells me that I to can be someone great like he is. It doesn’t mean that it will be easy to get there, but I have set a goal for my life once again and it’s a goal I shall never give up on. I am looking forward to the great things God has in store for me in life, and I cannot thank George Lopez enough for his visit and the lives he touched.
Mil gracias Latino Achievers Y Mil gracias George Lopez!

-Cesar Molina

Check out the YouTube video Cesar created that brought George Lopez to Overton High School on June 25!

 Cesar presents George Lopez with the Class of 2014 Latino Achievers graduation medal to honor and thank him.

Hasta luego, George! Mil gracias por venir.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome Back, Achievers!

Happy new (school) year! We are thrilled to announce the first YMCA Latino Achievers club meetings at your high schools.

Please help spread the word about these upcoming YLA club dates. See you after school this week at:
McGavock - Tuesday 8/19

      Ms. Proffitt's Room 231 A
Overton - Wednesday 8/20

Cane Ridge - Thursday 8/21
      Ms. Ottinger's Room 1403

Next Week:
Glencliff - Tuesday 8/26

      The Clubs Loft (upstairs, back of school)
Antioch - Wednesday 8/27

      Ms. Zakhary's Room E200
Hunters Lane - Thursday 8/28 (during one lunch)

      Ms. Selby's Room 131
Cane Ridge - Thursday 8/28

      Ms. Ottinger's Room 1403

Karla Roman, Club President at McGavock High School,
wants to see YOU at Latino Achievers this week!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Technical Programs & Certificates: TCAT & NSCC @ Harding Place YMCA - This Saturday, 4/26

If you don’t have a plan for after high school, come see
us this Saturday!

We will have information about technical degrees and
certifications that can prepare you for your future. 
Tennessee College of Applied Technology & Nashville 
State Community College will be here at the YMCA to 
share information with you!      

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:00pm – 4:00 pm

Where:  Harding Place Family YMCA- Gym

              411 Metroplex Drive Nashville, TN 37211

Please bring your families and friends!
RSVP:    Please let us know if you are coming,
Detalles: Si no tienes un plan para después de que te gradúes de la preparatoria, ven a vernos! Tendremos una exhibición de programa técnicos y certificaciones que te podrán ayudar a prepárate para tu futuro inmediato! 
Trae a tus amigos y familia!          

Monday, April 14, 2014

How do YOU use Technology?

Hi Achievers -

We would LOVE your help on this - We want to know how YOU use technology and how you receive information best. Please give us your advice and feeback by filling out this quick survey.


Mil gracias, Triunfadores!

Music & Architecture World of Work Tours - This Friday 4/18

Take advantage of your long weekend!

Sign up for these exciting "on-site" visits to explore careers in architecture and engineering in the morning, and music and arts in the afternoon THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014.

Architecture & Engineering World of Work Tour
R.C. Mathews Contractor Visit - Construction Site at Belmont University

Arrive at the Harding Place YMCA @ 9am
Return @ 12:30pm

Check out some of R.C. Mathews Contractor's Project here: http://rcmathews.com/index.php?page=projects

Music World of Work Tour
Camp Wooten Woods - Musician & Songwriters Camp

Arrive at Harding Place YMCA @ 12pm
Return @ 5:00pm

Check out the Wooten Woods Camp's website here: http://www.wootenwoods.com/

You can attend both events! We will be back at the YMCA in time for the bus to leave for the Music Trip.

Space is limited for these events, so please Sign up for both events HERE!