Partners in Health

For the next three years, Nemours Children’s Health System and the YMCA of Delaware are pleased to partner to enhance the health of children and families across the state of Delaware. Nemours will provide a variety of value-added services for Y members and the community. Some of these services include literacy assessments for children, trainings on sports injury prevention, workshops for new moms, and education around safety and nutrition. These initiatives will take place in various areas throughout the Y including before and after school programs, summer camp, Kids Zone, on sports fields and at community events. 

“We feel this partnership makes a lot of sense because our missions are closely aligned and have a common focus on the health and wellness of youth,” said Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, CEO of the YMCA of Delaware. “With Nemours’ breadth of knowledge, expertise, and resources in the area of pediatric health and the Y’s community impact of serving over 100,000 Delawareans, this is a natural and very exciting collaboration.”  

“We are excited to enter this partnership with the YMCA of Delaware,” said Michelle Shorter, Nemours Director of Community Engagement. “We share the common goal of helping children grow up healthy. By combining our efforts and resources, we have the opportunity to reach even more children and support them in achieving their fullest potential. This type of a partnership is a great example of how organizations can align similar goals to increase impact in our communities.”

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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