Monthly Archives: March 2013

Future Chess Masters

Chess Club

Alex and Elijah doing battle on the chess board.

Do you spend your free time plotting battle strategies in your mind? Then you are exactly who we are looking for.

Chess Club has begun at the La Conner Club, and every day during Power Hour, Members can practice and hone their planning and strategic thinking skills while earning Power Points that can be spent at the Club Store. 

If you are interested in volunteering during Chess Club, please visit our Volunteer page, or contact Volunteer Coordinator Lacey Stuart at (360) 419-3723 x 4 or lstuart@bgcskagit.org.

Chess Club and other Project Learn activities take place at the La Conner Club every day from 3:30pm – 5:30pm.

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Youth of the Month – March 2013

Josie, age 7

Josie attends Fidalgo Elementary. She has been a Club member since September. She is always polite and respectful to staff and her peers. Josie loves to participate in the Club’s Fine Arts program.

 
Josie

Josie

     

CJ, age 10

CJ attends Island View Elementary.  He has been a Club member since 2008. CJ is a great role model for younger members, always showing great sportsmanship in games and activities as well as participating in the Junior Staff program.

 
CJ

CJ

     

Blake, Age 15

Blake is a 9th grade student at Anacortes High School. He has been a Club member since 2007. Blake is always willing to help out around the Club and help with activities in the teen center.

   
Blake

Blake

     
     

Homework All Star

Alberto, age 11

Alberto is a student at Fidalgo Elementary. He has been a member since early 2012. Alberto makes sure to go to Power Hour every day to complete his homework and is always polite and respectful to staff and volunteers.

 
Alberto

Alberto

     
     

 

 

 

 

 

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Images in the Media

SMART Girls at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club learned an important lesson about images in the media and how they affect our self-image. Each girl was given a magazine targeted at women. Then, they were asked to find an advertisement featuring a woman that they found interesting. One by one, SMART Girls showed their ad, said why they chose it, and explained what standards for girls and women they thought the ad was trying to convey. Through this exercise, SMART Girls discussed many difficult questions about how our society portrays women.

SMART Girls is held every Friday from 4:30pm – 5:00pm.

 

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Youth of the Month – March 2013

Jacob, age 11

Jacob is a student at Elementary and has been attending the Sedro-Woolley Club since 2008. He enjoys helping the staff and playing soccer at the Club.

Jacob

Jacob

Paula, age 10

Paula is a student at Mary Purcell Elementary and has been attending the Sedro-Woolley Club since 2011. Paula enjoys participating in Torch Club and SMART Girls and helping out in Power Hour.

Paula

Paula

Ian, age 14

Ian Burton is the Teen to recognize this month in the Teen Center. He is an exemplar of what the Sedro-Woolley Club Teen Center is all about. Ian is a first year Member at the Club who is diligent about doing his homework and being a great friend to fellow Members.

Ian

Ian

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Youth of the Month – March 2013

Ole, age 12

Ole is a student at Jefferson Elementary School and he has been a Member of the Mount Vernon Club for three and half years. Ole likes to participate in some of the activities at the Club however he absolutely loves the Passport to Manhood program. Ole brings a great positive energy to the Club and just enjoys building constructs with Lego’s.

 
Ole

Ole

     

Zoie, age 10

Zoie is a student at Little Mountain Elementary School. She has been a Member for five months. She participates in a variety of activities such as Power Hour, Torch Club, Youth for Unity, and Healthy Habits. Zoie is always excited when she walks into the club and is a pleasure to be around.

 
Zoie

Zoie

     

Makella, age 13

Makella is a student at Cascade Middle School. She has been involved with the Boys & Girls Club for the past six months and is now our March Teen of the Month. Makella comes to the Club every day and actively participates in all the activities made available. Sometimes she just likes to kick back and read some books in the teen room. Makella’s favorite programs are: Teen Nights, Keystone Club, Fine Arts Exhibit Program, and especially the Teen Outdoor Expedition (TOE) Club.

 
Makella

Makella

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Career Launch: Mission Statements

Career Launch participants put themselves in business owners' shoes.

Career Launch participants put themselves in business owners’ shoes.

During Career Launch at the Sedro-Woolly Club, Teens were asked to write a mission statement for fictional companies. Activities like this allow members to think beyond just the sort of job they want – they allow Members to picture themselves already doing that job. Even better, it encourages them to imagine being their own boss. By creating a mission statement, they get to decide what would be most important to their  business. Here are some examples of their mission statements: “Bliss Engineering will strive to make the best building you can create for the cheapest price,” and “Moore Acrobatics wants to give you the most amazing show on Earth. We are happy to present you with the cultural wonders of the world before your very eyes in the comfort of your home.”

Career Launch happens on Tuesdays at 4:00 PM. It is run by Colton Staker, Teen Center Program Assistant. 

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Project Learn

Project Learn is a collection of Targeted Programs and High Yield Activities that reinforce the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club.

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Dream College

Teen Members creating a fun search engine to find the perfect college to further their academic success.

Teen Members create the perfect college.

During the final spring Diplomas to Degrees (d2D) workshop last week at the Mount Vernon Club, Teen Members concluded the program by creating their dream college. They thought about all the activities and programs that would be available to them at their college, and described the perfect campus location. Teens then had to conduct a search on the internet to see if they could find a college that met at least 80% of their criteria. While d2D is not in session, Teen Members are still encouraged to turn in bi-weekly grade reports and keep the Teen Coordinator updated on their progress.

Diplomas to Degrees takes place every other Friday from 5:30pm – 6:00pm and there are four workshops throughout the school year

 

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Hieroglyphs at the Club

Teen Members learn about ancient cultures to become even more divers.

Teen Members learn about the diversity of ancient cultures.

During Youth for Unity at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club, Teen Members learned about ancient Egyptian culture. They learned about deities of the time as well as the writing system known as hieroglyphs. Members learned about the Rosetta Stone and how it helped linguists decipher this ancient language. Finally, Members used stamps imprinted with hieroglyphs to write their own names.

Teen Youth for Unity takes place every other Friday from 7:00pm – 7:30pm.

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Keeping Track of Accounts

Teen Members learning how to keep track of their money to become gain financial freedom.

Teen Members learn how to keep track of their money to gain financial freedom.

During Money Matters at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club, Teen Members learned how to write a check and balance a checkbook; read and understand a bank statement; and manage a checking account online. Teen Members learned how having a checking account is helpful, and why keep accurate records for accounts is important.

Money Matters takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30pm – 4:00pm.

Money Matters is made possible by the the support of Dale & Susan Ragan. It takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30pm – 4:00pm.

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