From the CEO

Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, YMCA of DE CEO
YMCA of DE CEO, Deborah Bagatta-Bowles

Dear Friends,

When most people hear “YMCA” they typically think of gyms, pools and that song by the Village People, but we are so much more. Many don’t realize that the YMCA of Delaware is a nonprofit organization that serves thousands of local children and teens, prevents chronic diseases, and creates a community for all. In fact, this year we celebrate 175 years of impact across the globe.

The first YMCA was founded in London in 1844 by young people who were determined to address the social challenges impacting their community. Today, as one of the largest nonprofits in the world serving 58 million people in 119 countries, the Y continues to bring people from all walks of like together to create a better community and a better world for all.

On the heels of our first Global Teens experience in London and Paris, I am proud to see our very own young people representing our YMCA on a global stage, investigating some of the key issues facing our society today and beginning to take action in their own communities. The YMCA’s global impact would not be possible without the hard work, dedication and commitment we see in local communities and around the world. I want to thank you for being a part of this global movement and for helping build a stronger community.


Yours in service,

Deborah Bagatta-Bowles Chief Executive Officer  |  302.571.6907

Our Mission

The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.


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