HAGERSTOWN -- This year, the Black Achievers program at the Hagerstown YMCA will introduce minority youths to careers in business, medicine, arts and culture, law, government and engineering, program director Deborah Phillips announced Sunday at a kickoff picnic at Fairgrounds Park.
The youth mentoring program meets every other Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. and is open to students in grades six through 12, Phillips said. Students in this year's program will take field trips to the U.S. Capitol building and an underground railroad site in Lancaster, Pa., and will participate in Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month celebrations and an awards gala, she said.
About 30 people attended Sunday's picnic, where new and former program participants and mentors got to know each other through ice-breaker games such as "two truths and a lie," and a survey scavenger hunt. Participants also tested their knowledge of famous black achievers such as Colin Powell, Halle Berry and Muhammad Ali with a game in which they asked questions to guess which name was written on a sticker on their back.