April Post

Breathing Techniques From Our GEM Curriculum

Get in an upright seated position with your back straight, feet flat on the floor and roll
your shoulders back, making sure you can breathe easily.

INHALE through your nose for a count of 4
HOLD for 7 seconds
EXHALE through your mouth, making a whoosh sound for 8 seconds

This type of breathing helps our nervous system relax and find peace.

Did You Know?
Did you know that 86% of youth believe that they risk harming themselves by smoking one to five cigarettes per day? However, only 72% believe they’re risking themselves by vaping one to five times per day.

Call out for youth volunteers for

Saturday, April 27th at Townsend Hall Campus at 531 South College Avenue

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Walk+Roll Community-Based Physical Activity Clubs Spring 2024

Want to give physical activity a try? Don’t want to do it alone? We have what you need!

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, in partnership with community organizations throughout the state, will be hosting Walk+Roll community-based physical activity clubs. Led by Walk+Roll Leaders who are CPR-certified, sessions will consist of a warm-up, light stretching, a walking/rolling session and a cool down. Join us to walk and roll into better health! 

Session 2 Registration Deadline: April 9, 2024

Walk+Roll Club Site Information:

Seaford – Seaford Sports Complex walking path

SESSION 2: Wednesdays, April 17 – May 22, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Georgetown – Sandhill Fields

SESSION 2: Fridays, April 19 – May 24, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Note: This site has a bilingual Spanish Walk+Roll Leader.

Camden – Brecknock County Park

SESSION 2: Wednesdays, April 17 – May 22, 2024, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

NEWARK – Glasgow Park

SESSION 2: Tuesdays, April 16 – May 21, 2024, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Note: This site has a bilingual Spanish Walk+Roll Leader.

NEW CASTLE – Surratte Park

SESSION 2: Tuesdays, April 16 – May 21, 2024, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Note: This site has a bilingual Spanish Walk+Roll Leader.

Detailed site information is available on our registration page.

All sites are wheelchair and stroller accessible. 

Please contact Nancy Mears: Mears@udel.edu  with any questions.

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Walk with Ease

Say Yes to Your Health!

Taking part in the Walk With Ease (WWE) evidence-based fitness program helps reduce your pain and improve your overall health. Created by the experts at the Arthritis Foundation, this introductory level program provides techniques to begin and maintain a successful walking program. Program topics will include exercising safely and comfortably, improving flexibility and building strength and reducing pain.

The 6-week program is available in two formats:

Weekly email series


45-minute, live weekly group educational sessions via Zoom, Tuesdays, 12 noon.

Both formats include:

  • Walk With Ease Participant Guidebook (available in English or Spanish)
  • Weekly support, resources and videos via email and/or phone
  • Self-guided walking sessions (a minimum of three days per week for at least 10-40 minutes per day is recommended)
  • Certificate of completion (post-program survey must be completed to receive a certificate)

Adults of any age and physical fitness level* can participate!

*If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can have success with Walk With Ease.


SPRING SESSION 2: April 16- May 21, 2024


Cost: $20

Financial scholarships are available. Please indicate your eligibility during registration

Please contact Nancy Mears:  Mears@udel.edu with any questions.

Register Here: Walk with Ease

HAWA info

Questions about joining Contact Karen Johnston at krjohn@udel.edu

Over the winter, the Dover Youth Committee (DYC) worked on planning an “unboxing”
video of mental health accessories in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Dover
and Network Connect. Filming is planned for early April.

In mid-March, leadership from DYC attended an AI symposium about using artificial intelligence to
further the connect within our communities.

Kimi Moore presented a poster with her findings about the increasing collaboration of youth organizations in Dover and Kent County through the development and implementation of Dover Youth Committee.

⏺ Our next DYC full committee meeting is Thursday, March 21st at Noon on Zoom. Contact
doveryouthde@gmail.com to be added to the email list.
⏺ Community-wide free dinner April 30th at 6-7:30, Solid Rock Community Center in Dover. Come join us for dinner!
⏺ Watch for our exciting social media posts regarding the “unboxing” videos!

For more information about Dover Youth Committee or to see how you can be involved, please
visit Dover Youth Committee.

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The STEAM Team is here to provide lessons, activities, curriculum support for Delaware teachers, leaders, afterschool programs and 4-H communities. Our overall goal is to teach youth leadership skills and STEAM-themed topics to bring back to their communities. 


Joining the STEAM Team means you are a youth interested in becoming a STEAM Ambassador—learning STEAM-themed lessons to take back to your youth group, school or community. You, the “STEAM Ambassador,” will lead by teaching a STEAM-based lesson/activity to others!

Twila is your point of contact. She will guide you through becoming a STEAM Ambassador. Get you set up with lesson topics and materials and guide you through the process of taking on the role of a leader in STEAM education. 

STEAM Ambassadors will meet on Zoom with Twila, learn a STEAM topic and bring it back to their youth groups, schools and communities!


Parents, grandparents, college students, high school seniors — We need you!

This STEAM Team is developed to get our Delaware youth thinking innovatively, we need youth to use their talents, and develop their intelligence working collaboratively. Are you someone who is interested in positively impacting our youth and community?

Volunteers are crucial to this program. You do not need a background in STEAM to be part of this experience. On the STEAM TEAM, youth drive their learning while volunteers offer support and guidance. If you are interested please fill in the Form linked below and we will be in touch with you shortly!

Volunteers are still needed for the same reason: Adults wanting to interact with youth and share their love for STEAM education. Volunteers will attend the same STEAM Team Ambassadors Zoom and learn a STEAM topic to take back and teach to their schools and communities.

March’s $100 Amazon Plogging Gift Card Goes to…

OH MY…No winners in March 🌧️☔

But that means we’ll have 2 winners in April!! ☀️🌻

Please send your pictures and trash pounds to Karen at krjohns@udel.edu before then end of April to be eligible for April’s raffle.

Dates to Remember:

April 9th: Enrollment Deadline for both Walk with Ease and Walk & Roll: Spring Session 2.

April 27th: AG Day at Townsend Hall

April 30th: Community free dinner in Dover at Solid Rock Community Center.