October 18, 2017

WHAT: Members of the press are invited to join the YMCA of Delaware for the “Pre Show” and “Main Event” at the 29th Annual Black Achievers Dinner and Awards Ceremony. A college readiness and career awareness program, the Black Achievers program encourages young people to develop and pursue educational and career goals with the assistance and guidance of African-American mentors from diverse career fields.

Keynote Speaker Jermaine J. Jones will make an appearance prior to the dinner at the Walnut Street YMCA to deliver an inspirational speech to local Wilmington children and teenagers, who use the Y for after school programming.

Mr. Jones, the Founder and CEO of Brothers Making a Difference (B.M.A.D), a nonprofit organization aimed at enriching the lives of youth academically, culturally and professionally. Growing up in Irvington, NJ Jermaine witnessed his parents’ physical, mental and financial turmoil, as is the case with many of the youth he serves today. Struggling to find his purpose, Jermaine accepted an opportunity to work as a mentor with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Organization, which he did for thirteen years. Jermaine’s mentoring catalyzed using his challenges and life lessons as a tool to motivate his mentees. It was then that his gift to motivate, inspire and uplift was discovered, giving birth to the formation of Brothers Making a Difference.

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, October 19th, 2017

  • “Pre-Show”- Opportunities to interview Jermaine Jones will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Walnut Street YMCA (1000 North Walnut Street – Wilmington, Delaware 19801) 
  • “Main Event” – The Black Achievers Dinner and Recognition Program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the speaking portion of the program will be at 7:00 p.m. Chase Center on the Riverfront (815 Justison Street – Wilmington, Delaware 19801)                                  



Additional information about Jermaine Jones can be found here:



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The YMCA of Delaware is Delaware’s largest non-profit organization committed to strengthening the citizens of Delaware through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With seven branches statewide and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed long-standing relationships and a physical presence in Delaware so it can 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 neighbors.



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