Programs

Black Achievers

The Black Achievers program provides college readiness and career awareness to African American teens in Wilmington. African American mentors from diverse career fields are nominated by the local business community to serve as role models, preparing participants for future success. The Achievers meet weekly for one year at the Walnut Street YMCA. The year culminates with an Annual Awards Dinner to honor the Adult Achievers and recognize Teen Achievers who are eligible for scholarships.

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Youth in Government

Youth in Government offers model legislative and judicial experiences for youth in grades 6-12. Students have an opportunity to learn about the legislative process, debate parliamentary procedure, and work with peers to develop solutions to problems affecting Delawareans. Participants can assume the role of Legislator, Lobbyist, Journalist, Speaker, Youth Governor, Attorney, Justice, and more.

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Youth Leadership

Leadership clubs and programming are available to youth as young as 8 years old, and the opportunities continue through their teenage years. Students learn important leadership skills and how to model the core YMCA values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility while engaging in service learning projects, planning fundraisers, serving as mentors, and participating in other club activities.

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Our Mission


The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.