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About Duffy’s Hope – Duffy's Hope



Duffy’s Hope, Inc., founded in 1998 by Allen “Duffy” Samuels, is a nonprofit service provider for at-risk and hard-to-reach youth ages 12-17 with DOCUMENTED proof of success. Located in the heart of Wilmington, Delaware, Duffy’s Hope has helped improve the quality of life for over 4,500 youth. Duffy’s Hope uses a HOLISTIC approach that includes 10 Core Components that not only determine the root causes of problems in the lives of at-risk youth but also address – and more importantly – help to rectify those issues.

10 Core Components to Duffy’s Hope Programming:

  1. One-on-One Mentoring
  2. Parent & Family Participation
  3. School & Home Visits
  4. “Reality Check” Day Trips
  5. Tutoring
  6. Educational & Enrichment Trips
  7. Guest Speakers
  8. Financial Literacy
  9. Group Discussions
  10. Etiquette Training

Our Mission Statement: “Duffy’s Hope, Inc. provides intellectual, emotional and interpersonal growth opportunities for youth and their families through advocacy, education, mentoring and community outreach.”

Our Vision Statement: “Duffy’s Hope, Inc. envisions a world where youth take control of their lives by empowering themselves through positive thoughts and goal setting, making good choices and a perpetual desire to make the world a better place for everyone.”

Our Values Statement: “Duffy’s Hope, Inc. envisions communities that engage school-aged youth with out-of-school activities providing academic help, hands-on community service, and well roundedness through athletic involvement and health education enrichment. Duffy’s Hope, Inc. fills the gaps between home and school for youth at-promise and motivates youth to develop to their full potential.

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At Duffy’s Hope, Inc. (DHI), we provide intellectual, emotional and interpersonal growth opportunities for youth and their families. Our after-school and summer programs are free-of-charge and have a proven track record of addressing risk behaviors and increasing protective factors among youth living in the Greater Wilmington area of New Castle County, Delaware. The overall focus of our programs can be summed up in one word: PREVENTION.

Since 1998, Duffy’s Hope has served youth in our community and was recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2002. In that time we have reached more than 4,500 at-risk and hard-to-reach youth though direct program and mentoring services. Our office is located in the Community Service Building at 100 W. 10th Street, Suite #9 in Wilmington, Delaware, but the programs take place in the community setting, where they are needed most.

We use evidence-based programs that are designed to meet the needs of at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 17, their families, and their communities to promote well-rounded success. Duffy’s Hope staff and mentors work with each young person to improve academic performance and attendance, increase community and prosocial involvement, promote positive peer relations, improve protective factors related to youth violence and suicide, decrease risk factors related to youth engagement in violence and suicide, and reduce youth involvement in maladaptive behaviors and criminal activity.

Parental involvement is the key to our success and what makes Duffy’s Hope’s programs unique. We encourage family involvement in our after school and summer prevention programs. We also promote parental involvement in school, sports, and community activities in which the youth is engaged. In addition, a parent advisory committee meets once per month. Parents are exposed to guest speakers that address relevant topics related to parenting and household management. Not only are the students impacted through the program, but the parents are as well.

We are proud to say that students who have successfully completed our programs have a plan for their future and a path to achieve it. This is a great accomplishment in a world where crime, violence, gangs, substance abuse, suicide, teen pregnancy and school dropouts are some of the many issues young people face. Our programs focus on positive opportunities and experiences for youth to combat the risk factors they encounter every day. Duffy’s Hope envisions a world where young adults take control of their lives by proactively seeking and rising to achievements beyond their perceived potential, so they can improve their – and their community’s – quality of life.

To learn about the backstory of the Duffy’s Hope, Inc. “Helping Our young People Excel” (H.O.P.E.) Programming, see our About Allen “Duffy” Samuels page.

Want to learn more? Call us at 302-652-3532 or email info@duffyshopeinc.org.




At Duffy's Hope, Inc. we believe that involvement in organized team sports provides meaningful, healthy and safe activities for youth as well as it fosters team-building and prosocial behaviors. Astonishing incentives for academic achievement and character building are developed through team supports. Using basketball as an educational medium has proven effective in reaching youth through the sport in order to improve academic functioning. We continue to yield desired outcomes year after year as sports programs are proven to aid in positive social interaction among peers. As a result of our commitment to the organized team sports model, for 14 consecutive summer seasons DHI has organized and facilitated a Boy's Basketball League. A successful Girls Basketball League followed with its origin in the Summer of 2009. These free basketball leagues are designed to provide intellectual, emotional and interpersonal growth opportunities for at-risk adolescents between the ages of 15 and 17 years old. The program provides a safe haven to its participants and emphasizes the value of sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership skills. Overall, DHI uses basketball as a prevention platform through which we teach young people the importance of healthy lifestyles, literacy, self-esteem, conflict resolution and leadership skills - all of which foster appropriate decision-making. The organized venue also introduces youth to positive role models and opportunities for mentorship through observing, learning and modeling positive behaviors from team coaches. The typical summer day in the league includes a workshop and a basketball game. The teenagers end their day having been both athletically and emotionally satisfied, and therefore better equipped to cope with the challenges presented by their neighborhoods and homes.

2018 Duffy's Hope Youth Boys Basketball League Sponsors:


The Honorable Joseph Farnan

Wilmington University

Nemours Foundation


Bud Freel, Wilmington City Councilman

Daniel D. Martin, Attorney at Law

Proves Powell, Jr., Allstate Insurance

Delaware Stadium Corporation

Norman Oliver, Our Youth, Inc.

Diver Chevrolet

Samuel L. Guy, Attorney at Law

Dr. Nista Orthodontic

Congo Funeral Home

Samuel Pratcher, Attorney at Law

LeRoy A. Tice, Esquire

This program is funded through the Delaware Criminal Justice Council by the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health.



Duffy's Hope, Inc. provides prevention programming that teaches youth to recognize high-risk people, places, things and situations while building self-confidence to handle these risk factors through effective utilization of a newly acquired skill set. Many youth are in need of someone to guide them into positive choices that will lead toward a productive future. Did someone along the way make you feel capable? Make you feel cared about? Help you see your talents? Children today need the same gifts that helped you become who you are now! Servicing youth between the ages of 12 and 17 years, the Ambassador Mentoring and Prevention Program utilizes evidence based practices from the Phoenix Curriculum. The Ambassador Mentoring and Prevention Program also incorporates the Trauma Awareness Suicide Prevention Program curriculum. What is a Traditional One-to-One Mentor? Like other mentors, Traditional Mentors provide caring and guidance to their Mentees through an on-going relationship. These Mentors and Mentees meet one-on-one at times and places that fit their schedules.

    Typical Example Activities:
    • Passing a football and playing hoops
    • Baking cookies
    • Talking about school, friends and life
    • Planning a project and executing it together
    • Exercising, crafts, playing computer games
    • Attending a festival or sporting event



The Duffy's Hope, Inc. youth-led community garden and market initiative is designed to provide hands-on experiences for at-risk youth and their adult mentors, family members, and other community members to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables within the Wilmington Eastside Community - an area of the city where residents may oftentimes lack access to healthy, fresh produce. Overall, the project will encourage youth to live healthier lives through the proactive benefits of gardening while focusing on their strengths and assets. Our initiative has unlimited opportunities for youth to experience and develop a sense of community. By cultivating a strong sense of appreciation for developing a vacant urban lot into a productive urban garden site, participants gain pride through a program that provides nourishment throughout the neighborhood and instills the importance of giving back to one's community. The program encourages youth to work as teams and learn socialization skills while working together in the garden. Youth also have the opportunity to forge healthy relationships with adult volunteers. Children as young as 8-years-old will participate in this beautification and wellness project. Phase I of the project is complete and the community garden is operational. Preparation included: site acquisition, soil testing, site excavation/construction/maintenance, equipment purchases, and crop production/harvesting supplies. Phase II will add a market component which will teach youth the concepts of entrepreneurship and allow for eligibility for scholarship opportunities. This initiative provides extensive exposure to S.T.E.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career-building opportunities. Youth will learn aspects of marketing, packaging and small business management through the support of existing farmers markets as an income generation component of the garden and a way to further improve access to local and fresh produce. The garden and market project will mobilize at least 25 youth for summer and fall programming reinforcing the IM40 principles of engagement, leadership and empowerment through the gardening process (IM40 is a statewide partnership between United Way of Delaware and AstraZeneca; IM40 can help youth make better decisions, lead healthier lives and achieve academic success.) This program initiative is a one-of-a-kind operation. While there are other community initiatives that have created gardens in their neighborhoods, Duffy's Hope, Inc. is the only youth-led initiative in the local area.