From the CEO


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Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, YMCA of Delaware Chief Executive Officer

Dear Friends,

We continue to be committed to reducing summer learning loss and closing the Achievement Gap. The YMCA of Delaware ensures that all children, regardless of their ability to pay, have access to summer day camp programs and quality after school care that provides homework help and academic enrichment including literacy, math and science exploration. At the Walnut Street YMCA, we hosted youth from 62 different schools who spent time in various workshops designed to enhance literacy while working together on team projects or goals. Our work with the Summer Learning Collaborative at our Walnut location has demonstrated significant gains in learning over the summer months.

At the Western Family YMCA, the new Reading Is Fundamental program was a main focus. Students in grades K – 3 spent time reading aloud, participating in learning games, and engaging in small reading groups. Older students in grades 4 – 9 spent time researching and discussing books as well as reporting on camp activities and field trips.

At Camp Tockwogh, we installed a giant new water slide. We call it “Wet Willie,” and it is 150 feet long
and has the capacity to host up to 250 riders an hour. This new feature at camp created quite a splash with our campers.

Across the association, at all of our branches, we were able to enhance our facilities through deep cleaning, painting, and renovating during the branch shutdown periods.

We are looking forward to the school year ahead and more exciting work to come – nearly 2000 children a day join us in our after school programs.

As always, I thank you for your continued support of the YMCA of Delaware.

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.