YMCA of Delaware Blog


30th Annual Black Achievers Event

Celebrating Opportunity “Black Achievers is not just a Saturday college prep program,” said Anesha Truesdale, Program Director for Black Achievers and Teen Programs at the Walnut Street YMCA. “It’s a movement, a community, and a village of people who pour their hearts into making sure that young people have the resources and opportunities they need…

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Summer Black’s Experience with the Diabetes Prevention Program

I’ve never been a healthy eater or systematically exercised. When I was younger, I was the person that was always thin and energetic and could eat anything and everything in sight without gaining an ounce…you know, THAT PERSON. I turned 30, and my metabolism started to change. My husband and I also started a family,…

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Bette Francis named HR Person of the year

Congratulations to our VP of Human Resources and Talent Management, Bette Francis. Bette was recently recognized as the HR Person of the Year by Delaware Business Times. Bette began working at the YMCA of Delaware earlier this year and she brings more than 20 years of experience in HR. Her most recent role was with…

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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

Preventing Diabetes In November, the YMCA of Delaware hosted a press conference at the Bear-Glasgow Y to announce the launch of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program. The Y of Delaware is one of the first organizations in this country certified to offer the Diabetes Prevention Program as a covered benefit for eligible Medicare recipients. During…

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Dover YMCA Partners with the Capital School District

Collaborating for Change Over the last year, the Dover YMCA began a partnership with the Capital School District for their Century 21 Community Learning grant. Specifically, the Dover Y has provided staffing for the After School Program at the William Henry Middle School and has worked collectively with the School District and other partners in…

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Youth in Government Middle School Conference

Building Future Leaders Youth In Government is a YMCA program that allows middle school and high school students to serve in model governments at the local, state, and national levels. Students are encouraged to learn by doing, and have the opportunity to gain leadership skills in an open and receptive environment. In November, Youth In…

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80 Years of Adventures

We celebrated 80 years of adventures at YMCA Camp Tockwogh with 200+ camp alumni and friends earlier this month. Alumni and friends participated in traditional activities and explored the campgrounds. Activities included archery, arts & crafts, wall climbing, high ropes, games, a silent auction and an opportunity to look at camp over the years with…

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Ways to Stay Healthy During The Holidays

Are you ready to gobble down turkey with all the trimmings and enjoy all of those sweet treats this holiday season? Here are some tips inspired by Nemours Promise Blog about portion control. Don’t skip meals leading up to your holiday feast – breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. Try overnight…

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In a World Filled with Hate, How Does our YMCA Build Bridges?

On Saturday, October 27th,  11 people were murdered in what can only be described as the deadliest attack on Jews in our nation’s history. In the same week, over a dozen bombs were sent to prominent political figures across the country, including Delaware’s very own former Vice President, Joe Biden. Lost in the headlines was another…

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Mission Moment: Kasper

Last summer, Kasper participated in summer camp at the Dover YMCA’s Kent Outdoor Complex, and he loved it. At camp, Kasper learned to swim, played sports and created fun memories with new friends. “For the first time, Kasper got to spend all day playing outdoors. Each day, he came home exhausted from having so much…

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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.

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