WLAGROWTH

Growth Done Smarter

Economic Development

A reasonable wage for youthful job seekers. Qualified, well-trained employees for the banking industry. The Universal Banker Program is an eloquent solution to those 2 needs that leaves 95% of supervisors ready to hire UBP graduates again.

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Changing Lives

Livability

A safe city will come with living wage jobs, revitalization of blighted areas, re-use of vacant properties, increased homeownership and financial stability, and available housing that is affordable to workers of all income levels.

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Activating Greatness

Education

88% graduation rate. 96% graduate placement rate. $30,000+ average salary increase. ZipCode Wilmington accelerates the education process for local students and increases their income potential for life.

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Connecting & Collaborating

Leadership

5 million young adults are disconnected from stable career pathways. 12 million jobs requiring post secondary education will go unfilled in the next year. Year Up takes their students from minimum wage to meaningful careers with a 90% placement rate into jobs or secondary education.

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Wilmington Leaders Alliance

A catalyst for meaningful change

WLA brings together public and private sector stakeholders to create and foster community growth initiatives.

One of the things I love about the WLA is, while it's mostly corporate leaders, one of our most important priorities are the neighborhoods in the city to ensure that everyone rises.

Universal Banker Program

The Universal Banker program trains young adults of 18-29 for a career in financial services and guarantees graduates an interview with one of Generation’s partners. The Universal Banker program is a 5-week, integrated work-readiness training anchored in customer satisfaction.

Graduates have the opportunity to interview with one of Generation’s three employer partners for positions in financial services such as customer service agent, bank teller, and retail banker.

ITWorks

ITWorks is an award winning 16-week job training program that changes lives. ITWorks offers free, immersive IT training to motivated high school graduates, 18-26 years old, who have not yet completed a Bachelor’s degree.

Students earn a professional certification in IT and a real-world internship inside leading corporations and nonprofits.

By strengthening young people, ITWorks is creating strong communities.

Members involved: Capital One, Tapp Network, WSFS

Year Up

Year Up Wilmington (Delaware) launched in 2017 in partnership with Peirce College. Year Up Wilmington offers an intensive, one-year program for college students, ages 18-24, combining professional coaching, hands-on skill development, and internships at some of America’s top companies.

As college students, our young adults have access to the library, tutoring resources, and other services offered by the college, in addition to the services offered by Year Up. As students work toward completing a degree at Peirce College, Year Up Wilmington provides them with professional development and work experience, preparing graduates to launch a meaningful career.

Zip Code Wilmington

Zip Code Wilmington coaches everyday, motivated people from diverse backgrounds into skilled, professional developers. This program provides students with the know-how and network to build a career they’re excited about all while doing meaningful work.

Technologists from our corporate partners network with our students throughout the 12-week program, act as mentors, and give bi-weekly tech talks. After graduation, our partners interview our students for direct hire jobs and 26-week apprenticeships.

Downtown Visions

The Downtown Visions mission is to create, manage and promote a quality environment for people who live, work and visit Downtown Wilmington. This is accomplished by collaborating with the public and private sector entities in neighborhood revitalization and stabilization, through clean and safe initiatives, small business development, retail recruitment and retention, job creation and economic development.

Members involved: Bank of America, Capital One, Longwood Foundation, WSFS

Philanthropy Delaware

Philanthropy Delaware exists to provide information, education, networking and collaboration opportunities to individuals, corporations, and foundations who make significant charitable contributions in Delaware, and to strengthen philanthropy through information and advocacy. It also works to increase the number of institutional donors supporting nonprofits in the state.

Members involved: Bank of America, Barclays, Capital One, Highmark, Longwood Foundation, M&T Bank, PNC Bank, Rodel Foundation, WSFS

Impact & Innovation

Member Spotlight: Buccini Pollin Group

February 06, 2019
The Buccini brothers have always had roots in Wilmington. That is one of the many reasons why they chose to start their business here. Through the ’90s, they saw New York City, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia experience a Renaissance. With Wilmington in the center of it all, it was clear that the economic boom would...

Wilmington Sees Significant Decrease In Crime

January 18, 2019
“Our state can’t be successful if the City of Wilmington is not successful.”   Governor John Carney frequently reminds others how vital Wilmington’s success is to the entirety of the state. So what would make Wilmington successful? For WLA members, it is the focus on Economic Development, Education, Leadership, and Livability. While we often share...

It Takes One Year To Change- YearUp Wilmington’s Success

January 15, 2019
125. That is the number of students enrolled at YearUp Wilmington currently, which is hosted by WLA member, Wilmington University. Providing year-long programs focusing on IT and business, Year Up changes the lives of students through six months of courses and an additional six months of a paid internship.   YearUp The program is free...