In loving memory of Harvey Heartley


Building for the

Lightner Y Achievers


"These teens are amazing. Through the robotics program, they improve written and verbal communication skills, time management and robotic design and development," says Kendall Harris, YMCA Director of Association Programs. "FLL robotics helps ensure teens compete, and deal with challenges in a positive manner."

The Builder BOTS won first place in the core values category for Gracious Professionalism  for "doing things that encourage high-quality work, emphasize

the value of others and respects individuals and the community."

Kendall Harris wasn't surprised that the team won. In fact, he's convinced that some of these teens- Coen, Dhruv, Rohan and Tyler will be leaders of the future. The team and coaches look forward to their next competition in 2017. They will compete in the FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC) geared toward students in grades 7 - 12. 


Y Achievers can participate in a STEM FIRST robotics program for grades 6 - 12. The program encourages kids to learn robotics through kits and Legos. Grade-based teams form to design, build and test their robots during the year. Competitions are held and participants may have the opportunity to travel to other competitions.  


The Clarence E. Lightner YMCA Achievers program introduces teens in grades 6 - 12 to minority adults who guide them through experiences that prepare them for life after high school. Through civic engagement, community service projects, and academic enhancement programs, students make new friends, learn healthy lifestyle choices and prepare for their future.

Raleigh Rescue Mission

Raleigh Rescue Mission began when local businessmen Charlie Morton and T.W. McDaniel began inviting the homeless to their revival meeting. Those who attended lacked the basics they needed to survive. The two founding visionaries rallied community leaders and others to fill the gap in services they had discovered.

Since officially opening the Mission’s doors in 1961, nearly 1 million men, women and children have passed through our doors!

We offer critical life-saving services like meals, emergency overnight shelter, coats and other warm clothing in the winter, plus medical care for our residents.

In everything we do, our goal is to help our clients restore their lives. Through recovery servicesadult educationhousing locator assistance, discipleship and more, lives are transformed profoundly.

CCGA Charities not only provides monetary relief to the organization, but they provide time as well.  The above photo shoes members of the charity organization passing out heaters to the homeless last Winter.


12/7/2015 - YMCA of the Triangle News

"Robotic Team Wins"

The Lightner Y Achievers Robotics team took first place with a Teamwork Award at an event held on December 5. 

The team is called Builder Bots and their entry was a part of the FIRST LEGO league (FLL) Trash Trek challenge. The team found solutions to keep ceramic materials out of a landfill by starting a business reusing and reselling ceramincs. One of the ideas is to create mosaic mirrors and vases out of chipped ceramic dinner ware that would have been thrown away. 


"By participating on the team, the teens gain and improve written and verbal communication skills, time management, topic research, and robotic design and development," says Kendall Harris, Director of Association Programs. "The basis of the FLL program helps ensure teens compete in a healthy manner and deal with setbacks and challenges in a positive manner."


In January, the team competes in State Finals held in Greensboro at North Carolina AT&T University.

12/19/2016 - YMCA of the Triangle News

"High Tech Learning"

The future has arrived - at least at Lightner Y Achievers!

On December 10, the Lightner Achiever's Middle School Robotics team, the Builder BOTS, participated in the FIRST Lego League  NC Qualifier event at Walkertown High School. The competition includes three components: the Robot Game, Core Values and a Project.

This year's theme was Animal Allies. Teams were tasked with identifying a problem when animals and humans interact and design a solution that makes the interaction better for all. 

2/17/2017 - Raleigh Rescue Mission News

"Raleigh Rescue Mission to Receive an Act of Kindness from Local Restaurant"

In celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 12-18, 2017), PDQ restaurant plans to provide lunch for over 100 residents at Raleigh Rescue Mission on Friday, February 17th.


According to Cameron Bergner, PDQ Raleigh Operating Director, “PDQ implements this amazing event every year to give back to our community and the people that help support us on a daily basis, by rewarding them with fresh food and a great surprise. We hope this initiative will encourage others to seek opportunities to give back and recognize those that are focused on making our community a better place.”


PDQ will be partnering with New Hope Church to provide several surprise “food drops” to various community organizations on Thursday, February 16th and Friday, February 17th.

© 2017 by Jessica Smith