The YMCA of Delaware is starting the New Year by offering free youth 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, workout 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 and 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 kids 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 avoid exposure to counter-productive behaviors.

For more information about the YMCA of Delaware’s Seventh Grade initiative, visit our website.

About the YMCA of Delaware

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, a youth resource center, 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.

Our Mission

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