Walnut Street Summer Camp

Day camps at the Y share one thing: they’re about discovery and having the best summer of your life!


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Teen Leadership

Leadership clubs and programming are available to youth as young as 8 years old, and the opportunities continue through their teenage years. Click here for more information!

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Child Care

Check out our childcare options including Preschool, Before and After School Care, School is Out care and more!

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Walnut Teen Center (ages 13-17)

Our Walnut Teen Center is a free program which provides teens with a safe space before and after school. Students are exposed to various growth opportunities through our impactful workshops that share themes of S.T.E.A.M, Arts and Crafts, Culinary Arts, and Health and Wellness. In addition to daily activities, teen students have ample time to socialize with peers, complete academic responsibilities, engage is several forms of gaming, and relax with their favorite devices or watch their favorite movies. Involvement in Walnut’s Teen Center will prepare students for a successful transition into high school as well as upholding some of life’s most important values – Leadership, Positivity, Teamwork, and Enthusiasm.

These programs are made possible through the generosity of

Youth In Government

Several months each year, teens meet in their local delegations to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of Delaware. At delegation meetings, teens create and write proposed legislation to address Delaware issues, learn about the democratic system, are trained in parliamentary procedure, bill development, the legislative committee process and debate. Our goals are to develop life-long responsible citizenship in middle school and high school students by helping them become more knowledgeable and active in determining the future of our democracy.

Summer Learning Loss Prevention

In collaboration with Teach for America, over the summer months, we continue to engage children academically to help prevent knowledge loss over the summer months. We offer actives embedded in learning skills to help children engage in constant learning.

Teen Workforce Development

The Walnut Street Teen Workforce Development program provides job readiness and life skills for teens ages 15 and up while addressing a dire need for positive opportunities available to adolescents within the City of Wilmington.

Cohorts of up to 20 teens are matched with a professional career mentor. Teens participate in workshops focusing on life skills and job readiness. Topics include resume writing, financial literacy, stress management, conflict resolution, etiquette, public speaking, presentations, career guidance, interviewing techniques, job searching and placement. Each participant will be placed within a partnering agency and/or welcomed in at least one of the following departments within the YMCA: Youth Sports, Aquatics and Lifeguarding, Childcare, Membership, Maintenance, and Community Outreach.

These programs are made possible through the generosity of

Black Achievers

The Black Achievers’ goal is to encourage youth to develop educational and career awareness with the assistance and guidance of mentors from diverse career backgrounds. This program helps youth raise their academic standards, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options, and learn from role models who inspire them to greater heights. For more information, contact Anesha Truesdale at [email protected]

Black History Month Wax Museum

February 29th
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Join us and explore a phenomenal exhibit featuring the remarkable contributions of black inventors, trailblazers for change, and amazing artwork.

The Walnut Street YMCA is located in the heart of the city of Wilmington and has a large focus on developing youth and teens while helping them become leaders of the future.

  • Preschool
  • School-Age Child Care
  • Youth Development Programs
  • Teen Leadership Programs
  • Summer Day Camp with Learning Loss Prevention
  • Swim Lessons
  • Lifeguard training
  • Pre-competitive Swim Team



Facility Hours

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Program Specific Hours

Child Care Hours
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Teen Afterschool Leadership Program 
Monday – Friday:
End of the school day – 7 p.m.

Black Achievers Hours
Saturday 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
*Children must attend 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thomas Wallace

Thomas Wallace

Community VP/Sr. Executive Director, Downtown YMCAs
(302) 709-9622

Anesha K. Law

Community Executive
(302) 472-9622 ext.219

Dione Allen

Sr. Child Development Director
(302) 472-9622

Rhonda Childress

Membership Experience Director
(302) 472-9622

[email protected]

Mike Jumps

Aquatics Director
(302) 478-7834

Tiffany Lockridge

Teen Program Coordinator
(302) 472-9622

Samuel Meck

Sr. Facilities Director
(302) 510-1235

Gau-Wan Smith

Teen Director
(302) 472-9622 ext. 0219

[email protected]

Shakiyla Smith

(302) 472-9622

[email protected]

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Our Mission

To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.