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

Generation Pre-Apprentice Construction Course featured on 6 ABC

August 16, 2019
On July 17th, students in the Generation and ABC of Delaware Pre-Apprentice Construction program had an opportunity to experience their very own “Journey Day.” Thanks to the partnership with Williamson College of the Trades, students gained insight on the various trades in the construction industry and learned about the benefits of working in construction. The...

Wilmington Leaders Alliance Announces Partnership with Wilmington Renaissance Corp to Create the Wilmington Alliance

August 06, 2019
In June of 2019, at the Board of Directors meeting, the leadership of the Wilmington Leaders Alliance (WLA) approved a motion to partner with the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC) to create the Wilmington Alliance. A New Strategy for Ongoing Goals The newly created Wilmington Alliance will work with the business community and local nonprofits in...

Youth Opportunity Fair to Feature Workforce Development Programs.

July 29, 2019
The City of Wilmington will be holding a youth opportunity fair on July 30th. Many local companies and organizations will be participating including Wilmington Leaders Alliance partner, Generation USA.    At the fair, there will be 2-3 vendors per classroom with some organizations conducting on-site interviews. There will also be a quiet space available for...

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