The 2016 Achievers Program National College Signing Day

June 14 11:33 2016 Print This Article


The 2016 Achievers Program National College Signing Day is modeled after the popularized televised press conferences covering high school athletes announcing their selected college to attend and play sports. Our “Signing Day” is a similar concept – however, most of the Achievers that will be celebrated in our program have been admitted into their college/university purely on their academic merit.  Most of these “Achievers” being recognized attend high schools in New Castle County—thus the2016 Achievers Program National College Signing Day is an opportunity to celebrate academic achievement amongst young people here in our local community.  College/University commitments for this year’s program include University of Delaware, Boston University, Delaware State University, George Washington University, and Howard University.


About The Achievers Program, Inc.

In 1987, the Wilmington Achievers Program was founded on the vision that a group of exceptional and dedicated young men could be bonded together in pride and commitment.  Participants in the program were young men ages 16 to 19 recommended by their schools, faith based organizations, community organizations, family and friends. This vital program would be designed to develop and encourage excellence in young African-American men, while assisting in creating positive images of these males in the total community. _MG_7539

With this purpose in mind, the Wilmington Chapter of Links, Incorporated and the Wilmington Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, the founders of the program, created the program theme –“Promoting Excellence in African-American Young Men”. The overall goal of the program would be to provide a comprehensive enriching experience for African-American male youth that would assist them in developing:


♦       self-confidence and self-esteem
♦       understanding their importance to our culture and family values
♦       racial pride
♦       appreciation of their values and how to succeed
♦       pride in self
♦       confidence to achieve their potential
♦       respect and tolerance for others


To accomplish program goals and objectives, workshops and activities were planned that would give the young men an opportunity to experience the positive aspects of African-American culture. The opportunity receive scholarships for post-secondary education would be available, and as importantly, the program participants would meet and work with local role models who encourage them to develop skills necessary for successful living and strengthen qualities that reflect responsible manhood.

_MG_7546 During the entire period of preparation, the young men receive the support and teachings of African-American entrepreneurs, executives, educators and professionals. Workshops and activities focus on such areas as goal setting, leadership, community involvement, family values, sexual responsibility, financial responsibility, career planning, business and social etiquette – all serving to promote the personal and intellectual growth and development of African-American male youth.


The Wilmington Achievers Program has grown considerably since its inception. The growth and popularity within the community not only reinforces the need for such a program, but more importantly, the desire for such a program by young African-American men. Since 1987, over $650,000 is scholarships have been distributed to deserving young men.

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