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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Sip. Sample. Support.

March 27, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
The Delaware Contemporary

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at the Central  YMCA or online.

$60 per person or $100 per couple and include wine, beer and food tastings along with music, dancing, a silent auction and fun!

All proceeds support the Downtown YMCA Annual campaign and directly impact the lives of youth, adults, and families in our community.

For more information and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, call the Central YMCA at 302-254-9622.

Family Snow Tubing Trip

  • Who: Parents & their children (Children MUST be 36 inches or taller to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)
  • When: TBD pending weather conditions (Depart Walnut Street YMCA at 8 am)
  • Where: Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania
  • Cost: $30 per adult and $25 per child for 3 hours of snow tubing 10 am – 1 pm. Food is available at the lodge for an additional cost.

Space is limited! Contact Jackie Anderson for more information, jackieanderson@ymcade.org or 302-778-9009.


Join us for games, movies, field trips, open gym, workshops, swimming, free pizza & more!!!

Monday – Thursday, 6 – 7 pm
Friday, 6 – 9 pm
Saturday, 12 – 9 pm
Sunday, 12 – 4 pm


Participants will commit to 5 weeks of training and a 10 week paid internship.  Must be at least 15 years old. Training topics include communication and interviewing skills, teamwork, professionalism, job shadowing, and resume building. Apply today at https://ymcade.formstack.com/forms/workforce_program

For more information, contact Gau-Wan Smith at 302-472-9622 or GSmith@ymcade.org.


For more information on Youth in Government, visit our website at DEYIG.ORG, or contact Anesha Truesdale 302-472-9622 atruesdale@ymcade.org.

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

Take a Tour
Click here to take a video tour of our facility!



Youth In Government
Over the last years, we have continued to see growth in our Youth in Government program. Our staff’s goals are to develop life-long responsible citizenship in middle school students and teens 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.

Back on Track
In cooperation with the Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, our Back on Track program serves youth adjudicated to Level II probation. While in the program, youth participate in life skills and education sessions to understand the nature of their offense, recognize the impact it has on the community, and learn skills to prevent reoccurrence.

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 atruesdale@ymcade.org

Juvenile Civil Citation
The primary purpose of Juvenile Civil Citation is to prevent further delinquency through appropriately addressing participating youth offenses without creating a delinquency record. This program offers law enforcement the option of issuing the youth a civil citation in lieu of arrest.


Facility Hours

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

12-4 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.

Program Session Dates:

Winter 2020:  January 6 – February 23
Member Registration Begins:  December 16
Community Registration Begins: December 23

Spring 1: February 24 – April 9
Member Registration: February 10 – 23
Community Registration: February 17 – 23

Spring 2:  April 20 – June 14
Member Registration: April 6 – 19
Community Registration: April 13 – 19

Summer: June 15 – September 6
Member Registration: June 1 – 14
Community Registration: June 8 – 14

Jesus De LasSalasweb

Jesus De Las Salas

Executive Director, Downtown YMCAs
(302) 778-9001

Kristina Woznicki

Kristina Woznicki

Associate Executive Director
(302) 778-9002

Jackie Anderson

Jackie Anderson

Child Development Director
(302) 778-9009


Carl Bailey

Facilities Supervisor
(302) 254-9622 ext. 150


Chase Darden

Aquatics Director
(302) 254-9622

Andy Foy

Andy Foy

Facilities Manager
(302) 778-9003


Maria Gillette

Swim Lesson Coordinator


Malinda Leonard

Membership Coordinator
(302) 472-9622 ext. 0212

Brenda Overton

Brenda Overton

Program Director - Back on Track
(302) 302-778-9004


Eric Patton

Teen Program Coordinator
(302) 472-9622 ext. 0229


Shandy Perez

Program Director
(302) 472-9622 ext. 215

Jill Quinn

Jill Quinn

Assistant Child Development Director
(302) 472-9622 ext. 2244


Sara Richmond

Camp Director


Gau-Wan Smith

Workforce and Drill Team Program Coordinator


Anesha Truesdale

Black Achievers Program Director
(302) 472-9622 ext.219


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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.