Princeton YMCA

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Empowering children in their education so that they can go on to have successful lives!

Princeton Young Achievers (PYA) is a unique after-school program that helps children from low- and moderate-income neighborhoods improve their school performance and English language skills.

The program provides homework assistance and educational support on a daily basis, from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm, to children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. In the spring of 2011, the Princeton Family YMCA, with a focus on youth development, "adopted" Princeton Young Achievers to ensure the program's viability and sustain it into the future. Click here to read more.

IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A CHARITABLE GIFT PLEASE MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO PRINCETON FAMILY YMCA and indicate that your gift is earmarked for Princeton Young Achievers. Gifts may be mailed to: Princeton Family YMCA in care of PYA, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton NJ 08540

Program Contact
Leigh Zink, Youth Development and Outreach Director
609-497-9622 x201


To participate in the program children must be eligible for free and reduced lunch and/or reside in one of Princeton's affordable housing communities. PYA operates three learning centers that are easily accessible to participating students - at the Henry Pannell Center, the Littlebrook School and the Crimmins Learning Center at Princeton Community Village.

Daily Program

Every Monday through Friday, Princeton K-5th graders meet at three neighborhood centers for:

Homework support
Enrichment activities such as science and art projects
One-on-one tutoring
Literacy support

To register for the program, please download and complete registration forms. For additional assistance, please contact Leigh Zink at 609-497-9622 x201. She will be glad to assist you.

Volunteers Needed!

PYA needs volunteers Monday through Friday from 3:00pm to 5:30pm to:

Assist children with homework and general tutoring
Lead Science experiments and art projects
Lead cultural activities and share hobbies
"Literacy for Life" Volunteer Program

Do you like reading stories to children? Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child?

This is a rewarding opportunity for you! Volunteers are needed to read books to children one-to-one, and inspire of lifelong love of reading. For more information, click here.

Special Projects at PYA

CREATIVE FRIDAYS... From 3:00pm to 5:30pm each Friday, PYA Centers turn into art studios where instructors from the Arts Council of Princeton encourage children to express themselves through art.

PYA BOOK ANGEL PROGRAM.... in collaboration with Chicklets and Labyrinth Books, PYA students receive a book of their choice each holiday.