The YMCA of Delaware hosted a press conference to announce new initiatives for its TAKE ON SUMMER program. The program offers youth, ages 12 – 18, who live in the State of Delaware, free summer memberships to access the Y’s fitness facilities/ swimming pools, and other activities at several YMCA locations.

“We launched TAKE ON SUMMER in 2015 as a pilot program at two of our locations and we are now expanding the program to all of our branches so more young people have the opportunity to be engaged with the Y,” said Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Delaware. “Keeping young people engaged in a positive environment is critical for many reasons including preventing violence and influencing school success. We are very grateful to Attorney General Denn and Mayor Purzycki for their support and partnership with our TAKE ON SUMMER initiative.”

“A big part of addressing crime in our state is preventing it from occurring in the first place, and giving young people an alternative to going down the wrong path. That’s why I have been committed to get summer and after-school programs up and running, especially in Wilmington,” said Attorney General Denn.

“Many thanks to the YMCA of Delaware, its Board, its volunteers and staff for this generous extension of programming for our young people in Wilmington,” said Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki.

Previous TAKE ON SUMMER participant, Kemuel Harding, was the star of the show as he shared his personal experiences at the Y.

Attorney General Matt Denn, Mayor of Wilmington Mike Purzycki, TAKE ON SUMMER participants Kemuel Harding and his brother Kassel, and the Y of Delaware CEO Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, stop to pose for a photo after the press conference.

Central YMCA participants practicing their improv skills during Theater.
Central YMCA participants painting in Rodney Square.
Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA participants and Troop 2 officers pose for a picture.
Bear Glasgow Family YMCA participants playing a friendly game with Troop 2 officers.

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.