About

Youth Achievement of America, Inc. is a youth program founded in 1992 in Kalamazoo, Michigan (then it was originally known as Great Lakes Youth Achievement). In 1996 Youth Achievement of America expanded to the Columbus, Ohio area where our corporate office is now located.

Youth Achievement of America offers teens an opportunity to do something positive while learning important skills that will help them as they enter adulthood. Our program is structured in such a way to help keep teens out of trouble and away from drugs, gangs, alcohol and other negative influences. This teaches the teens, among other things, the importance of being responsible, hard work equals great rewards, improved self-worth, and good work skills. These skills will “help teens help themselves” by teaching them skills and abilities that they will need later in adult life and allow them to become a productive part of society.

Youth Achievement of America, Inc. is incorporated as a non profit corporation in the State of Ohio.  As such we are not a 501(c)(3) company and cannot except donations of any kind.  All funding for our program comes from the fundraising sales (see Fundraising) of our candy bars.  We feel this information should be made available as we believe in keeping our program as transparent as possible.  The focus of our program is to help teach teens hard work through the sales of the candy bars and accepting donations or “handouts” would only detract from our main mission.

Y.A.A. is now in it’s 24th year (20 years in Ohio) of Helping Teens Help Themselves and is still going strong. We will continue to update and improve our program and expand to other areas including Cleveland and Toledo. Thank you for your interest and support.