West Rehoboth Children and Youth Program Celebrates 20 Years

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West Side New Beginnings was formed in 1990 and incorporated in April 1992. An executive committee was chosen to focus on TSNB’s goal of making the community a better and safer place for young people and families to the region.

Our mission is to establish a cohesive network to address community needs and concerns regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as housing, nutrition, education, recreation and self-esteem.

The West Rehoboth Children and Youth Program under the auspices of WSNB Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, began in 2002 with after-school mentorship classes held at the community center of WSNB.

Brenda Milbourne, co-founder and CEO, and Diaz J. Bonville, co-founder and president of WSNB Inc., are the original organizers of the program. They have been recognized locally and nationally for their community service.

A summer program was added in 2003, with additional funding in the form of grants and contributions. In 2005, the summer program was enhanced to place more emphasis on literacy. The primary mission of the West Rehoboth Children and Youth Program is to promote literacy, learning and health by providing after-school and summertime enrichment activities to children in the community. The program aims to give them a chance to succeed in the busy world outside of West Rehoboth.

We tell our children that where they live doesn’t dictate what they will become, and others don’t decide their future. They decide their own habits; then their habits decide what the future holds for them. The WRCYP team strives to “make the impossible possible by expanding young minds”.

Since the inception of the program, several former students and student volunteers attended and graduated from colleges/universities in subjects such as art, music, law, criminal justice, business administration, accounting, education, information technology, sociology, cosmetology, culinary arts, marketing and more. They graduated from the Delaware State Police Academy and went on to pursue careers in public health and public policy, recording and visual arts, computer science, and web design. Colleges and universities attended include Delaware Technical Community College, University of Delaware and Delaware State University, Drexel, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Goldey-Beacom College, Grambling State, Hampton, Howard, Keystone, Loyola, North Carolina A&T, Philadelphia Arts School, Tennessee State, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of South Carolina, Johnson & Wales and Wilmington University.

Students received the Mountaire Better Delmarva Award for community service, participated in Pathways to Success fair housing training, and were recognized as Cape Henlopen School District Distinguished Students in Math and Reading based on outstanding test scores. Two of our youth are recipients of the WBOC-TV Jefferson Awards, three are recipients of the Better Delmarva Awards, two have been featured in Delaware Beach Life magazine for raising money to help the homeless, and one has received the Ellendale Community Civic Improvement Association Award for Community Service.

Two students were selected to represent West Rehoboth and Delaware State University in the National 4-H Youth Development Program, and seven won awards at the State University Summer Enrichment Program of Delaware for their superior academic achievement, outstanding youth leadership, and community service. Several students have been selected into the acclaimed Regional Minority Engineering Incentive Training Program for academically gifted and talented minority youth.

WRCYP children volunteer in their community by delivering meals to seniors, picking up trash, planting and caring for flower gardens, and setting up and cleaning tables at the community center.

The West Rehoboth Children and Youth Program is a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Youth Volunteer Service for a variety of community service projects totaling over 1,000 hours. He received proclamations acknowledging his dedication to enriching the youth of Sussex County through academic and recreational activities, and recognizing July 22 as West Rehoboth Children and Youth Program Day.

The West Rehoboth Children and Youth Program is now 20 years old since July 23, serving children, youth and their families in the community.

We could not have done and continue to do all of this without the support of so many people, organizations, businesses, sponsors, churches and other caring people. We are eternally grateful.

Thank you to all of our loyal, caring and concerned supporters for your continued support. We are all in the same boat to save our children, because they are our future.

For more information or to donate, contact Diaz Bonville at 302-528-2265 or [email protected], or Brenda Milbourne at 302-362-0353. Send written communications/donations to WRCYP, 19801 Norwood St., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Please make checks payable to WRCYP.

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