Junior League of Wilmington’s Community Impact

The Junior League of Wilmington is focused on improving the lives of girls age 12-18 in Greater Wilmington.

The League will be making improvements to facilities at the Delaware Adolescent Program. The Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. (DAPI) was founded in 1969 in New Castle County in order to afford pregnant teenagers a means by which to continue their education and receive pre-natal care. The Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. is the only statewide comprehensive school based program serving pregnant and parenting teens and their families. DAPI serves the community with the following programs: Academic Instruction, Social Services, Child Care, On site therapeutic counseling and Health Services.

The League will be conducting life skill workshops at Bayard House which is the only fully licensed residential program serving homeless or transitional pregnant minors in Delaware. The House serves homeless, pregnant teens and young women and their families, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, helping them become nurturing parents and independent, contributing members of society.

We are also developing a mentoring program for granddaughters of the families served by the Wilmington Senior Center. The Wilmington Senior Center was founded by the Junior League of Delaware.  Located in the city’s historic Brandywine ­Village, the Center is the premiere local resource for people 50+, their families and communities. The Center helps support a balanced and independent lifestyle by offering programs to stretch the mind, energize the body and lift the spirits. Life lived to the fullest. That’s the goal of the Wilmington Senior Center.

We also assisted with the passage of Erin's Law in Delaware. In June 2016, The First State became the 28th state to pass Erin’s Law which requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program which teaches:

  1. Students in grades preK – 12th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult
  2. School personnel all about child sexual abuse
  3. Parents & guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse, plus needed assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families

The League’s Erin’s Law Task Force worked with Senator Margaret Rose Henry, a JLW Sustainer and the bill’s lead sponsor, for countless hours on this bipartisan/upstate-downstate measure. Click here for details about this legislation.

For more information on past projects and accomplishments by the Junior League of Wilmington please click here.