Achievers in Industry (bai)

In 1971, Dr. Leo B. Marsh initiated the Black Achievers in Industry program we know today as bai. This event gathers hundreds of industry leaders, dignitaries, politicians, and activists who represent the many champions of the Harlem YMCA. Our corporate sponsors aid our mission of Celebrating Success, Developing Leaders and Cultivating Communities through our four youth initiatives: our Corporate Scholarship Program, Historical Black College Tour, Professional Mentor Program, and Corporate Internship Program. bai provides opportunities that foster hope and determination for young people in our community. We rely on the generosity of our partners, supporters and our community to maintain our ability to provide our young people with access to purposeful education, character building, and constructive recreation.

Our Vision

The Achievers in Industry (bai) serves as a vehicle for the Harlem YMCA, corporations, and local organizations to partner and provide mentoring programs, scholarships and other opportunities that collectively create a future-leader incubator for the youth and teens of the Harlem Community.

Our Mission

  • Partners with corporations, local businesses and charitable individuals to provide college scholarships, summer day camp, literacy-based afterschool programs, youth swim lessons and teen programs to deserving children in the Harlem Community, who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate due to an inability to pay.

  • Educates and exposes and exposes community youth about the opportunities that exists for them as the future talent pool for corporations and local businesses.

  • Publicly recognizes and raises awareness and raises awareness about the significant contributions of successful associates within partnering organizations by honoring them at the bai annual event.

  • Acknowledges and salutes partnering organizations that are committed to enhancing the quality of life for youth and families in the communities where they do business.