Walnut St. YMCA Teen & Community Programs

A fundraiser for YMCA of Delaware

$6,220 raised from 48 donors

$7,500 goal

The YMCA of Delaware strives to foster the principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice, and peace into the lives of all individuals, families and communities. Continuing this mission, the Y has placed a special emphasis on teen development in Delaware’s communities. In order to develop the social, emotional, academic, and physical wellbeing of the youth and cultivate the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement, the YMCA of Delaware offers a host of teen programs. 

 The Essence Legacy Drill Team gives teens the opportunity to learn the art of music and drill, while developing life-long friendships and character. This program will be competing in nationals, for the second time in two years. The Y’s Workforce Development Program focuses on providing teens with the skills they need to enter a competitive work market through a hands-on internship at the YMCA or community business partner. The New Castle County-based Black Achiever’s Program provides career awareness for African American teens through the help of nominated mentors from diverse career fields. The YMCA’s Youth in Government Program offers model legislative and judicial experiences for the leaders of tomorrow, youth in grades 6-12. This program develops debate and public speaking skills and creates solutions to problems affecting Delawareans. In order to spread its mission of teen development, the YMCA of Delaware has sponsored the global teens program, which exposes teens to the world through service, learning and cultural exchange as they spread the YMCA of Delaware’s mission of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice, and peace. 

 The YMCA of Delaware’s teen programs could not continue without your support, so we are kindly asking you for a donation of any size today, so that we can continue to support these important teen programs that build better leaders for our community tomorrow. 

About YMCA of Delaware

Mission: The YMCA of Delaware’s mission is to empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities. Our vision is a healthy, inclusive community where all people reach their full potential.

Established in 1889, the YMCA of Delaware serves more than 100,000 individuals annually at 7 full-facility locations, one urban youth development center, two outdoor complexes, one overnight resident camp and at over 40 statewide school partnership sites. We believe that we are stronger when our doors are open to all, allowing everyone the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. 
 
 
Our YMCA has served, and will continue to serve, on the front lines in responding to the pandemic’s health and economic impact in Delaware. Through partnerships and generous donor support, we have been able to provide hundreds of essential workers with emergency childcare, distribute over 250,000 free meals to families in need, and serve thousands of school-aged children in camps, virtual learning centers and after school programs throughout the pandemic. 
 
For over 125 years, our YMCA has worked to empower youth, foster healthy living and promote strong communities. Our work prevents chronic diseases like diabetes, combats educational equity by serving more than 30,000 young people, and enables all Delawareans access to life changing programs. Last year we served over 100,000 Delawareans and provided over $6.3 million in financial support to ensure everyone had access to critical YMCA services.