• Facebook - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle
  • Twitter - Black Circle

© Copyright 2020 by United Way of Delaware County, Ohio. All Rights Reserved.

Looking for middle school student (6th-8th grade; sometimes 5th grade) opportunities throughout the year?  Programs include the following conditions:

  • MUST FILL OUT THE PERMISSION FORM!! To participate in ANY Strengthening Families middle school activities, every parent/guardian needs to fill out our Teen Participant Permission Form.

  • May have limited numbers – some programs are limited in the numbers of participants.  Once it fills up we won’t have any more room.  Please check to see if you need to register! See below for one-time, weekly, or monthly programming, which is subject to change.

  • All school rules apply!

  • No fees for programming.

after-school Teen Room Drop-in

Fifth through eighth grade students are invited to spend their afternoon in the Teen Room for games, open study, and special activities. Must follow rules from above and fill out PERMISSION FORM before attending an open Teen Room.   WEDNESDAY from 3pm - 6pm. 

cooking matters

Cooking Matters for Middle School students (6th-8th) provides hands-on instruction that will help teens develop a love of cooking and the skills to make healthy food choices wherever they go.  Ohio Wesleyan University students teach middle school teens kid-approved lunches which are healthy, budget-minded and easy to make. 

Look for classes in the spring 2020.  

D&D Adventurers League

For 6th to 8th graders, Dungeons & Dragons After School Adventures is part creative writing and part mystical journey through our own imaginations! This game combines the classic role-playing game developed in the 1970s with modern technology and creative learning opportunities. Develop a character, build a back story and then start a quest with your fellow adventurers. Sessions are limited to 12 students.

Summer Session TBD

girls on the run

Sixth through eighth grade girls are invited to be a part of the Girls on the Run Heart & Sole program (girlsontheruncentralohio.org) at the Strengthening Families Hub in the Willis Education Center. As a team, we’ll run, laugh and connect!  Girls must attend both days of programming and picked up on time from each meeting.  Program Fees sponsored by United Way of Delaware County.  SPRING 2020 Session starts March 3 and concludes May 14.  The 5k is on Sunday, May 17. 

stempossible CLUB

Sixth through Eighth graders will discover the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) around them in a fun club atmosphere.  STEMPossible club members will build robots, travel to different work sites to see STEM in action (to see how cars are built, hydraulics work) and celebrate in June with a trip to COSI!! Students are expected to attend as many Thursday clubs meetings as possible....as STEMPossible! This program is made STEMPossible by the Battelle Foundation!


To be put on the waitlist, email Brande Urban, burban@uwaydelaware.org.


Middle school students can experience simple yoga poses, breath work, and beginning meditation. This class encourages tweens and teens to cultivate a flexibility of the body, mind, and spirit, and see the positive in themselves and others. If you have your own yoga mat, feel free to bring it or a yoga mat will be supplied. 

June date TBD

anime club

Dempsey students have the opportunity to engage in all things Anime with an emphasis on Japanese language (written & spoken), food, and discussing anime.  Led by two sixth grade students, Delaware County Librarian and United Way staff, this unique club meets twice a month on Mondays. 

Spring Meetings are on hold until further notice.

Fill out a Permission Form and come join us!

book Club

A Genre Book Club facilitated by teens and librarians together on the FIRST MONDAY of the month.  Meetings include activities, discussions, genre-themed snacks, giveaways, and fun!  Locations alternate between Dempsey MS Library and Strengthening Families.

• March 2 at Willis—Science Fiction books
• April 6 at Dempsey—Mysteries/Contemporary books

Summer Middle School Book Club will occur at the Delaware County District Library Main Branch.

Register for the April ONLINE Book Club here!

big brothers big sisters at willis

Dempsey Middle School “Littles” and their Ohio Wesleyan University “Bigs” meet for foundation-building mentorship. To learn more about participating, visit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware CountyTUESDAYS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR FROM 3 TO 5 PM

syntero counseling

Free mental health drop-in services are available in the Wellness Room at the Willis Education Center  These services include prevention practices designed to inform, educate, demonstrate skills, and reduce risk behaviors in youth. Clinicians are available to assist in teaching social skills, healthy decision making, and refusal or “saying no” skills. Call (740) 417-4733 to talk with someone from Syntero Counseling. VISIT THE STRENGTHENING FAMILIES CALENDAR FOR UP-TO-DATE TIMES.


Held at 5 locations over the summer, free school supplies were provided to Delaware County children with the resources they needed to feel confident and ready to learn in the upcoming school year. For additional up-to-date information, visit Supplies for Scholars.


See our Calendar for the latest programs and events.

  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon
  • Black Twitter Icon