ILYA Helps Celebrate Passing of Bill to Support Foster Care Youth in College

On October 21st, at the Freedom Plaza outside the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington, Governor Carney signed into law H.B. 123, which will provide a waiver of tuition, room and board and food for youth who have been in Delaware’s foster care system at the University of Delaware, Delaware...

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Reminder: Upcoming ILYA Student Care Package Volunteer Orientations

Just a reminder for those volunteers who have signed up to participate in this year’s ILYA Student Care Package Project. There are two options for the required Volunteer Orientation Zoom Sessions: Sunday, October 17th from 1:00-2:30 pm. Wednesday, October 20th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Please contact ILYA Student Care Package Project...

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TEENAGERS IN FOSTER CARE

When foster care is mentioned, what often comes to mind for many is an image of an innocent baby or toddler, or a sad-looking school-age child. Yet fewer people are aware that teens account for a significant number of those who enter foster care every year. On average, approximately 40%...

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Reminder: There’s Still Time to Support ILYA College Students with Care Packages This School Year

Thank you to those who attended the recent Zoom Info Sessions to learn more about how ILYA’s (Independent Living for Young Adults) Student Care Package project supports young adults while they are pursuing their college/secondary education career. Even if you did not attend the info sessions, there’s still time to...

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The New School Year is Here! Support ILYA College Students with Care Packages

Thank you to those who attended the recent Zoom Information Sessions to learn more about how ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) Student Care Package project supports young adults while they are pursuing their college/secondary education career. Even if you did not attend the info sessions, you can still get...

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New Church Partnerships Expand Support for ILYA

We are excited about the recent development of a new partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek! Their congregation has recently chosen to include ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) as one of their social justice projects that they support during the year. The conversation first started between...

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New ILYA Mission and Vision Statements!

We are excited to share that the ILYA program has new Mission and Vision statements! A small working group was busy over the summer tweaking and refining the words that best capture ILYA’s purpose and goals. The focus of our work remains the same, but now we have official statements...

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ILYA Graduation Party Celebrates Classes of 2020 and 2021

A festive evening on the Wilmington Riverfront on July 22nd was a long-awaited, in-person celebration to honor ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) graduates from 2020 and 2021. The Docklands Restaurant on the Riverfront provided a beautiful outdoor setting for the over 30 attendees who came together to celebrate and...

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