Warehouse to Change Lives of Wilmington Youth
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 between REACH Riverside and over 50 local youth-serving nonprofits. The space will create a collaborative culture to revolutionize teen engagement in Wilmington. The Warehouse will foster confidence, competency, and courage in young adults ready to take the next step in their lives. Unlike a traditional community center though, the foundation of the center will be collaboration and connection, where teens will be able to leverage this network of youth-serving nonprofits and foster life-long relationships between each other.
Opening late summer 2019, the building will serve as an after-school programming site where teens can access a range of services, challenge their creativity, explore their passions, find support and develop skills they need to enhance academic achievement and employment opportunities for a 21st-century economy. The Warehouse will also create a physical safe space and network of support for Wilmington teens while nurturing a culture of opportunity that stands in opposition to a culture of poverty and violence. Zorah Rothwell, a sophomore at Mt. Pleasant High School told the crowd, “As part of the team of teens working to bring The Warehouse to life, we are excited for the opportunities it will provide for Wilmington teens whose current options after school are just hanging out.”
WLA and Welfare Foundation are proud to support the learning and development work of The Warehouse.
Summarized from the Press Release posted on WilmToday.