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The Delaware State Bar Association Joins ILYA Celebration of 2024 Graduates

The Delaware State Bar Association, (DSBA), was looking for a meaningful community outreach project. They heard about Independent Living for Young Adults (ILYA). The collaboration began last fall, when ILYA was contacted by LaTonya Tucker, Director of Bar Services and Membership. DSBA staff, members and the DSBA are contributing the backpacks to ILYA for the 2024 high school and college Graduation Celebration.

This annual event honors graduates who have been in foster care and have successfully completed a major chapter of their high school or post-secondary education. The ILYA Leadership Team will again host the celebration at the Crooked Hammock in Middletown, with food, beverages, decorations and entertainment, including a DJ, a photo booth and games. Independent Living staff from ILYA’s partner agencies will join in celebrating the 2024 graduates on May 30.

Thanks to the Delaware State Bar Association, each 2024 graduate will receive a backpack filled with an array of gifts, including a gift card. A highlight of each year’s Graduation Party has been a raffle. This year, the ever-popular raffle will feature four themed gift baskets and four Amazon Tablets, donated by DSBA. Adding to the festivity, baskets for the raffle are also provided by ILYA’s partner agencies which provide services for youth aging out of foster care, as well as by generous ILYA members.

The ILYA funds for the annual graduation celebration and its gifts — including backpacks — have traditionally been provided by ILYA, thanks to the donations from members and friends of the First Unitarian Church and other Unitarian Universalist congregations in Delaware. Because of the generosity of DSBA, funds previously allocated to backpacks and gifts can now be used for multiple other projects benefitting young adults who are aging out of foster care.

This collaboration between ILYA and the DSBA will provide benefits beyond backpacks and raffle items. Thanks to the generosity of the DSBA and Unitarian Universalists throughout Delaware, ILYA’s 2024 Graduation Celebration will be an especially memorable and fun event for all involved. ILYA is paying for the celebration including the food, beverages, decorations, entertainment (a DJ, a Photo Booth, and games).