Young Health Program: Partners Announced!

October 18, 2012

United Way of Delaware (UWD) is proud to announce the selection of four community organizations that will help implement the Young Health Program, known as YHP:IM40, throughout Delaware. YHP:IM40 is an initiative, supported by AstraZeneca, that will promote positive youth development by encouraging healthy behaviors that help at-risk young people achieve academic success. 

By county, the following agencies have been selected, by RFP process, to drive YHP:IM40:

  • New Castle County (specifically targeting the East Side of Wilmington): Children & Families First
    • Kent County (specifically targeting North Dover): The Delaware 4-H Foundation
    • Sussex County (specifically targeting Seaford): Sussex County Health Promotion Coalition

These organizations are responsible for advancing YHP:IM40 through community resource mapping, youth engagement, partnership and capacity building and adolescent health promotion.

In addition, UWD is proud to announce that the YMCA of Delaware will be a statewide partner. Select YMCA staff will be working with the organizations listed above, ensuring the youth voice is at the root of the work and engaging parents, school officials and community leaders, as well as monitoring the initiative’s progress. 

The organizations that secure the bids for these positions will receive $75,000 to $100,000 for one year. Each grant is renewable for an additional two years, based on results and availability of funding replica handbags.

These partners were all present at the YMCA’s 24th annual Youth Empowerment Conference on Thursday, October 18. This conference, held at the Dover Sheraton, focused on empowering youth to become the agents of change within their schools and communities. The featured speaker was Aaron Davis from Chaos Theory, who spoke about rising above bad influences that are prevalent in today’s culture.

“With the selection of these four organizations, the YHP: IM40 initiative begins to implement a range of activities that will engage and unify community leaders, educators, parents, youth and others across the state toward a common purpose – to help young Delawareans become healthier and be successful in school and in life,” said Tyrone Jones, Director, Delaware External Affairs, AstraZeneca.    

“As a community, by helping our adolescents acquire essential assets, ranging from high self-esteem to positive adult role models to safe neighborhoods, we will increase the likelihood that they will lead healthier, more fulfilled lives,” said Michelle A. Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Delaware.

About the AstraZeneca Young Health Program: IM40
The AstraZeneca Young Health Program is AstraZeneca’s global community investment initiative that is about helping young people in need around the world to deal with the health problems they face and improve their chances for a better life in the future. The program is a partnership between AstraZeneca, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Plan International, a leading global children’s charity.  For more information, please visit:

The AstraZeneca Young Health Program: IM40, which is intended to be a movement (rather than a defined program) to support adolescent health, is based on the Search Institute’s Developmental Assets framework, a well known, evidence -based approach for positive youth development. “IM40” stands for the 40 developmental experiences that children should have, in order to live healthy lives and perform well in school. To learn more, visit

About United Way of Delaware
United Way of Delaware’s mission is to maximize the community’s resources to improve the quality of life for all Delawareans. UWD is implementing Live United 2015, a five-year strategy to achieve long-lasting, measurable improvements throughout the state in the areas of Education, Income and Health. UWD works collaboratively with business, labor, government, nonprofit organizations, academic groups, faith groups, community organizations, concerned citizens and others to affect positive, long-lasting solutions.