Water wise program continues to make big splashes

The YMCA of Delaware’s Water Wise program started in 2008 as a way to help kids in Wilmington learn about water safety. Since that time, the program has expanded to not only include safety around water education, but also swim lessons that run throughout the year for students at several of the Wilmington schools. Over the last few years, the program has continued to grow and 2015 was another impactful year. Here is a snapshot that showcases our growth over the last four years.

Water Wise Impact

2012: 1,088 Youth Served

2013: 2,504 Youth Served

2014: 2,719 Youth Served

2015: 3,952 Youth Served

Photos above courtesy of Hello Javy (hellojavy.com):
Kids from Our Future’s Childcare, PAL Center of Wilmington Pre-School and Bernice Education Center learn critical life-skills at the Walnut Street Y as they participate in the Water Wise Program.


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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.