While there a lot of difficulties plaguing teens in the city of Wilmington, The Warehouse was started to address the root cause of these problems by providing a space for teens, and coordination of the teen-service provider network across the most vulnerable zip codes in northern Delaware.
So far, the Warehouse has hired ten teens and launched a pilot with two middle schools in Wilmington. The teens are trained in design thinking and leadership and are paid to run an after school program for middle school students. The program incorporates near peer mentorship, relationship-building and skill development.
A few weeks ago, the teens were invited to Dover, Delaware to present this program to the Governor as a model that could scale to employ more teens, and help middle school students through a complicated time in their lives.
I took this video to document their trip and I’m excited to share it here! I’ve been playing around with taking and editing video, and I think this is my favorite one yet.