Around the Y

At the Y, we strive to strengthen Delaware by promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility throughout the community. A crucial part of our mission is keeping the public up to date on our progress and letting them know how they can help.


Senator Tom Carper Visits the Y

During the fall, Senator Tom Carper made a few special visits to different YMCA branches throughout the Association. Dover YMCA In October, Senator Carper spent some time with staff and members at the Dover Y. In addition to going on a tour to see the latest renovations at the branch, he spent time learning about…

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28th Annual Black Achievers Celebration

The 28th Annual Black Achievers Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held in October at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. This year’s event recognized 17 volunteers who work year-round mentoring student achievers one-on-one and in small group settings. Black Achievers is a national signature program of Y-USA with the goal of encouraging young people to…

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Youth In Government Launches Middle School Conference

In November, the YMCA of Delaware’s Youth in Government (YIG) program hosted its first annual fall middle school conference for 6th – 8th graders. The conference was held at Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware, and current YIG high school delegates and alumni were responsible for organizing the event. Over the course of the day, the…

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2017 Annual Campaign Is In Full Swing

The YMCA of Delaware recently launched its annual campaign by hosting an association-wide kickoff event at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. The purpose of the Annual Campaign is to help ensure people throughout the state of Delaware have access to the YMCA, its community programs and valuable resources. This year, the Y of…

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Brandywine YMCA Announces Building Expansion Plans

In November, the YMCA of Delaware hosted a press conference to announce a building expansion project for its Brandywine YMCA located at 3 Mount Lebanon Road in Wilmington, Delaware. “The Brandywine Y has been a part of our local community since 1965,” said Jim Ryan, Executive Director of the Brandywine YMCA. “We’ve done a great…

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Middletown Family YMCA Opens Its Doors

During the fall, the YMCA of Delaware officially announced plans to expand services in Middletown, Delaware. Roughly six weeks later, the doors on the new 6,400 square foot facility, located at 404 North Cass Street, were open and it has been busy with new staff, families and individuals enjoying the Y. To date, this Y…

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Governor Markell Visits Western Family YMCA

Over the summer, Governor Jack Markell visited the Western Family YMCA on Kirkwood Highway in Newark to get a personal tour of Camp Wassaqui. During his visit, he met some of the campers and staff and saw first-hand the many activities that take place every day including: sports, art, music, literacy, STEM, teen leadership and…

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YMCA of Delaware Hosts Volunteer from Lagos, Nigeria

For roughly two weeks this summer, Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, President and CEO for the YMCA of Delaware, hosted Oluremi Olujare, a volunteer from a YMCA in Lagos, Nigeria. Many people do not realize that the YMCA is a global organization that serves more than 45 million people in 119 countries.  In the United States alone, there…

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Youth In Government Middle School Conference

A new school year means a fresh start for kids—a chance to begin new routines and habits, build new friendships, and discover endless possibilities and interests. Starting this fall, the YMCA of Delaware‘s Youth in Government (YIG) program will begin a new initiative to introduce Delaware’s Middle School students to the democratic process. The YMCA…

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Camp Tockwogh changes lives!

Camp Tockwogh changes lives! It has helped my children and me. My children, Michael and Melissa, beg me every summer to let them go back to Camp Tockwogh because they have “a blast” and make nice friends. Raising my children as a single mother has been difficult. We live in a neighborhood where crime is…

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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.