Strengthening Families - Middle School

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

  • 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.


To participate in ANY Strengthening Families middle school activities, every parent/guardian needs to fill out our Teen Participant Permission Form.



Every Wednesday YEAR ROUND from 3:00pm-6:00pm

Sixth through eighth grade students are invited to spend their afternoon in the Teen Room for games, open study, and special activities. Don't forget to fill out our permission form before attending an open Teen Room.  Click here for the permission form!



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.  Email Brande Urban for the schedule and how to join. 



Every Tuesday during the school year from 3:00pm - 5:00pm

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 County.


D&D ADVENTURER'S LEAGUE (6th through 8th grade students)

Next session occurs January 22nd through March 19 EVERY TUESDAY (registration required, limited number of students)

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.    This session is limited to 12 students.  2019 session registration will post in January. 


GIRLS ON THE RUN (6th through 8th graders)

Next session occurs March 4th through May 18th EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY from 3:00pm - 4:30pm (registration required, limited number of students) 

Sixth through eighth grade girls are invited to be a part of the Girls on the Run Heart & Sole program ( at the Strengthening Families Hub in the Willis Education Center Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm – 4:30pm. As a team, we’ll run, laugh and connect! Registration is a lottery process.  *The LOTTERY Application Window for this site will open on Wednesday, January 24th. 

GROUP SIZE IS LIMITED! Girls must attend both days of programming and be picked up on time from each meeting.  Program Fees sponsored by United Way of Delaware County.



The first Wednesday of every month 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.   REGISTER FOR JANUARY 9TH, 2019


Syntero Counseling

Please visit the Strengthening Families Calendar for up-to-date times.

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 A CLINICIAN from Syntero Counseling. 


Supplies for Scholars

5 locations over the summer (please visit Supplies for Scholars page for up-to-date information)

Free school supplies to provide Delaware County children with the resources they need to feel confident and ready to learn in the upcoming school year. For additional information on dates and locations, please visit the Supplies for Scholars webpage.



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