Now Offering Free Memberships for 7th Graders

The YMCA of Delaware is now offering free one-year memberships to students in the seventh grade who live or attend a school in the state of Delaware. To register, students need to bring a school ID, class roster, or recent report card along with a parent or guardian to a local YMCA branch. After registering, seventh-graders will have the opportunity to use the YMCA’s facilities to swim, play in the gym, work out in the fitness center, participate in a group exercise class, or enjoy teen activities. Additionally, students have the chance to participate in YMCA youth programs, classes and sports.

“Seventh grade is a transitional time for many youth. At the Y we think it’s crucial to set the foundation for a healthy lifestyle at a young age,” said Jim Kelly, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the YMCA of Delaware. “Around this age, kids are usually given more freedom to choose how they spend their free time and we want to encourage kids to make good decisions and form healthy habits.”

As young people become exposed to adolescent challenges, they are more likely to begin distancing themselves from formal organizations, friends and family to experiment with unhealthy behaviors. The Seventh Grade initiative offers an alternative, where they can make new friends while staying active and also avoiding exposure to counter-productive behaviors.


Our Mission


To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.

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4th of July

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Stronger Together

At the Y, we stand against all forms of racism, discrimination, and hatred. We have a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and compassion for all.  We share the grief and outrage felt by the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death.  As we watch and experience the unrest and violence that continues to erupt throughout our communities, we acknowledge that this reality is fueled by generations of injustice. Together through the Y, we can be a positive force for change in every community we serve. We must unite. We must be heard, and we must do better.

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