Activating Greatness


High-quality education helps create quality cities by developing skills required for the best-paying and fastest-growing jobs, attracting and retaining families and residents and encouraging an engaged citizenry.

Higher Quality Education

A skilled and educated workforce is increasingly important to a community’s economic vitality. Actions that support K-12 schools and promote advanced training or college access and completion enhances youth and adult academic achievement.


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Education Initiatives

"We’re focused on social return so, for us, what’s important is training people and putting them to work. Everything we do is centered around that."

– Patrick Callihan, Executive Director of Tech Impact

Zip Code and Year Up's Partnership

Zip Code will support Year Up by delivering JAVA content to our students to prepare them for internships. Year Up will support Zip Code by paying a fee for this service. Additionally, our organizations will increase our collective (positive) impact on Wilmington by referring students to the organization that best fits the needs of the student thereby increasing each organization’s pipeline of candidates. This collaboration will maximize each organization’s resources and enhance the student experience, all for the betterment of Wilmington. We continue to have conversations with others in the WLA and are excited to building an ecosystem that “moves the needle”. It would not have happened without WLA—thank you.” -Joe Coyle, Year Up Executive Director

WLA and its members are advocates for meaningful and equitable opportunities for education at all levels in our City.

WLA Members Connecting for Education:

  • WSFS’ Education Foundation, support of workforce development programs
  • Longwood – Community Education Building support
  • McConnell Johnson / 1313 Innovation – Dual School Program for Education and Leadership
  • Members represent the business sector on the boards of educational institutions

Impact & Innovation

Universal Banker Program: Creating Pathways to a Positive Future

March 15, 2019
Catching up with Justice, Cohort 1 graduate   Justice graduated from the first cohort of the WLA and Generation Universal Banker Program in October 2018. Since then, he’s been gainfully employed by WLA member, Capital One as a Customer Service Solutions Technician. WLA caught up with Justice last month to check in and hear about...

Warehouse to Change Lives of Wilmington Youth

February 28, 2019
The 2017 recipient of The Pete duPont Freedom Foundation Reinventing Delaware award is making waves in the local community. WLA Executive Member Joe Westcott of Capital One joined Mayor Mike Purzycki, and City Councilmen and women at the official unveiling of The Warehouse, Inc. on January 17th, 2019.   The Warehouse is a collaborative effort...

WLA Member TAPP Network Collaborating With GIFT Global To Promote Delaware Changing Lives Initiative

February 28, 2019
WLA member TAPP Network recently announced their collaboration with GIFT Global and their coalition, Delaware Changing Lives. This initiative was designed to help make mindful practices easily accessible to Delawareans. Along with a website and social media campaign, TAPP is supporting a live event at Kingswood Community Center. Joining the company and international nonprofit are...

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