YMCA 175th Anniversary Recognized with a Tribute from Delaware State Senate

On Wednesday, June 5th, Senator Tizzy Lockman recognized the YMCA 175th anniversary with a tribute from the Delaware State Senate. Those present to accept the tribute were Jesus De Las Salas, Senior Executive Director of the Central and Walnut Street YMCAs, Gail Seitz, Chairwoman of the Central and Walnut Street YMCA, Ria Swaminathan, YMCA Youth Governor, Nicole Freedman, Director of Grants and Advocacy and Anesha Truesdale, Walnut Street YMCA Teen Director.

175 years ago, the YMCA began in London. Founded by Sir George Williams, the YMCA arouse out of the need for young people to have a place to belong, contribute and thrive.

Founded in 1891, the YMCA of Delaware is the state’s largest non-profit organization committed to strengthening local citizens through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With six branches statewide, a youth resource center in downtown Wilmington, and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed long-standing relationships and a physical presence in Delaware to deliver lasting personal and social change. We are committed to serving everyone – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve Delaware’s health and wellbeing and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.

To celebrate the 175th anniversary, the YMCA of Delaware is sending 16 teens and four adults to a world conference in London this August. This has sparked the new Global Teens program, which pulls from various YMCA of Delaware teen programs including Black Achievers, Youth in Government, Teen Workforce Development, Back on Track, and Summer Camp Counselors in Training.


Our Mission

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


4th of July

All branches are closed on Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Outdoor pools are open!

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.