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.


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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Annual Campaign Kickoff Events

Julie Nichols, School’s Out Director, and Liz Rothwell, Facilities Supervisor, are fancy in their Mardi Gras swag at the Brandywine YMCA kickoff. The YMCA of Delaware has officially launched its annual campaign to help ensure people in the state of Delaware have access to the YMCA, its community programs, and valuable resources. As we all…

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Student Spotlight: Keri Edwards

Seventeen year old Keri Edwards, a junior at Brandywine High School, knows that she wants to be a lawyer when she grows up and this career choice, among many others, is within Keri’s reach. Keri is involved with the YMCA of Delaware in numerous ways which includes enjoying fun activities at day camp, interning at…

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The Y supports Delaware Stars Funding

The YMCA of Delaware is very grateful to our State Legislators for their consideration toward continuing the Delaware STARS program and we are proud to be program participants. Did you know that the Y of Delaware provides Infant, Toddler and School Age care for more than 1,900 children each month?   During the school year, the children…

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Joint Finance Committee at Legislative Hall

YMCA of Delaware students recently testified before the Joint Finance Committee at Legislative Hall in Dover. Tina Monroe and Talley Ridgeway, students involved at the Dover Y’s Girls in Fitness Together program, advocated for continued funding for after school programs for Teens at the Sussex, Dover and Walnut Street YMCA’s. Helena McKnight, a student from the Walnut Street…

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Youth In Government at National Advocacy Day

YMCA Youth in Government is a leadership program which involves teens in state organized model government programs. Several months each year, teens meet in their local delegations to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of Delaware. The Youth in Government (YIG) program promotes personal growth and development through hands-on experience. Congratulations to two of…

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The YMCA at National Advocacy Day

Left to right: Matt Clements, Director of Philanthropy; Nicole Freedman, Director of Grants and Legislative Advocacy; Dakota Edwards, Youth in Government participant; Senator Tom Carper; Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, CEO; Vilas Annavarapu, 2016 Youth Governor. At National Advocacy Day, YMCA staff from every state gather in Washington, D.C. to meet with their Congressmen to discuss important issues…

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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.