Princeton Young Achievers

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
c/o 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.