“Black Achievers is not just a Saturday college prep program,” said Anesha Truesdale, Program Director for Black Achievers and Teen Programs at the Walnut Street YMCA. “It’s a movement, a community, and a village of people that pour their heart into making sure that young people have the resources and opportunities they need to be successful.”

Members of the press are invited to join the YMCA of Delaware for the “Pre Show” and “Main Event” for the 30th 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 Yvonne Harvey Williams 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.

For over 20 years, Yvonne has used her life experiences having to “overcome tremendous adversity” as a platform to encourage individuals to always be and do their best. She’s the author of 5 books, the CEO and Founder of Speak2Inspire LLC a consulting business, “i-inspire” clothing and product line, and she launched the “i-inspire…stop bullying” campaign to help end bullying in various age groups.

Her motto is…”It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish…so finish BIG.”

WHEN/WHERE: Friday, October 12th, 2018

  • “Pre-Show” at 4:45 pm / Walnut Street YMCA: Opportunities to interview and see Black Achievers youth spending time with this year’s keynote speaker, Yvonne Harvey Williams.

(Walnut Street YMCA 1000 North Walnut Street – Wilmington, Delaware 19801)


  • “Main Event” at 6:30 pm / Chase Center on the Riverfront: The Black Achievers Dinner and Gala — the presentation portion of the program will take place at 7:30 p.m.

(815 Justison Street – Wilmington, Delaware 19801)     




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 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. www.ymcade.org.



Our Mission

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


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