The Junior League of Wilmington’s Community Impact efforts are currently focused on empowering young women and their families to achieve their potential and positively impact their community.
One of our current community partners is The Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. (DAPI), which the Junior League of Wilmington helped found in 1969. DAPI affords pregnant teenagers a means by which to continue their education and receive vital prenatal care.
It is the only statewide comprehensive school-based program serving pregnant and parenting teens and their families. The League’s recent work with DAPI includes renovations to its common areas, the donation of critical baby and personal care items, and a Mother’s Day family portrait event.
The League has also conducted life skills workshops at Bayard House, which is the only licensed residential program serving homeless or transitional pregnant minors in Delaware. Bayard House serves homeless, pregnant teens and young women and their families, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Its programs help them become nurturing parents and independent, contributing members of society. In addition to facilitating life skills workshops, the League hosted a Mother’s Day family portrait event at Bayard House, and routinely collects baby and personal care items as well.
The League also frequently host events for granddaughters of the families served by the Wilmington Senior Center. Recent events have included an African dance workshop, springtime flower pot painting and decorating, a painting party, and a variety of holiday parties. The Wilmington Senior Center was founded by the Junior League of Wilmington and is located next door to our headquarters in the city’s historic Old Brandywine Village. The Center is the premier local resource for adults age 50-plus, their families, and the community.
In 2017, we held our inaugural Teen Empowerment Summit with young women served by the Choir School of Delaware. Additional Teen Empowerment events are in the works.
In 2016, the League spearheaded the passage of Erin’s Law in Delaware, which requires publicly-funded schools to implement age-appropriate, prevention-oriented sexual abuse education. It was through the tireless efforts of Sustaining member and lead bill sponsor Senator Margaret Rose Henry and a special task force of League members that this statewide, bipartisan measure succeeded. Click here for details about this legislation.
For more information on past projects and the Junior League of Wilmington’s additional accomplishments, please click here.