PYA (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 afterschool program that helps children from low-to-moderate income neighborhoods by providing homework help and academic enrichment.

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 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 GREATER SOMERSET COUNTY YMCA and indicate that your gift is earmarked for Princeton Young Achievers.

Gifts may be mailed to:
Princeton YMCA
c/o PYA
59 Paul Robeson Place
Princeton NJ 08540


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



Have questions about participating or volunteering? Click below to connect with the people who can help!


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?