Monthly Archives: December 2014

La Conner Boys & Girls Club begins Recycling Project

Group Shot ResizedA new program has sprung up at the La Conner Boys & Girls Club.  Project: Recycle is a way to encourage youth to think about why and how they recycle and to provide an opportunity for youth to get involved in the recycling process at the Club level. Recycling is an important value to instill in youth to save energy, save resources, and protect our environment and falls in line with the Boys & Girls Club’s Priority Outcomes of Good Character & Leadership and Academic Success. 

Beginning this winter, each room of the La Conner Club has three different colored waste bins. These bins are to help members separate their waste according to the categories of garbage, mixed paper, and bottles/cans. To track how well the Club is doing at sorting their waste, a dedicated group has formed known as the Sorting Squad. At the end of every day, the Sorting Squad gathers all of the waste bins from the Club. Using the proper safety equipment, this group checks each bin to ensure that the proper items are in the proper bins.

After all of the bins have been checked, the Sorting Squad records the data onto a bar graph to track the Club’s progress.  At the end of each week, the Squad presents the graph to the rest of the Club members during the All-Club Meetings to show the week’s progress and to demonstrate how each member is responsible for taking care of their waste correctly to help the whole group succeed. This act is helping the youth develop a culture of teaching & stewardship for the Club & community.

In early December, the Sorting Squad took a field trip to the Skagit Transfer Station to see what happens to waste after it is put into trash bins. Members were amazed to learn that all of the garbage created in Western Washington is packed into metal shipping containers, then loaded onto a train and transported to Eastern Washington where it is added to a huge landfill. Sorting Squad members learned that by recycling, they can help lessen the amount of trash sent to the landfill and that by recycling properly, taking care to sort correctly, they can help reduce the amount of energy that is needed to make recyclable materials into something new.

Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon is very excited to see kids step up. “We’ve got some incredible young people at the Club. The fact that they’ve completely bought into the responsibility of educating and leading the way towards environmental stewardship is inspiring. These kids are our future teachers, business owners, and civic leaders. And who wouldn’t want to live in a community that is run by people who have this value within themselves?”

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Youth of the Year Sponsorship Opportunities

Dinner with Friends, AnacortesYouth of the Year Sponsorship Opportunities:

The intention of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is to put into place benchmarked and researched best practices for the development of a strong Youth of the Year Program that increases the number of participants and quality of experience. Each Clubhouse will have the opportunity to have a local dinner event to celebrate youth awards and highlight the Youth of the Year program, more focused developmental activities, a retreat with other Boys & Girls Club organizations, and a deeper experience while attending the State event.

As an organization, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County recognizes the significant development our youth and teens go through as a part of this process. We are reaching out to our donor-investors in Skagit County who may want to collaborate and partner to help us realize our dream.

DINNER WITH FRIENDS SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Annual Dinner with Friends of Skagit County is the culmination of the Youth of the Year program. At the Dinner, the representative chosen to be the Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is announced. All Clubhouse winners and select runners-up deliver their speeches one last time, and it’s the prime opportunity to educate the public about the important work the Clubs do year round. The Dinner is considered a friendraiser, and there is no auction or request for individual donations at the event.

Dinner with Friends Keystone Sponsor (1) – $5,000

Your sponsorship goes toward underwriting the cost of the meal and program. For your investment at this level, you will receive two tables of prime seating for 8 guests and the opportunity to deliver either original or prepared remarks to introduce the keynote speaker.

Your sponsorship will also include:

  • Logo recognition on printed materials including invitations and programs
  • VIP Meet & Greet with Youth of the Year Candidates Prior to Dinner
  • Inside cover and back cover advertising for your business
  • Opportunity for one representative to serve as Youth of the Year Judge
  • Custom banner that will hang at the event and then be provided to your company as a Thank You
  • Verbal recognition from the dais
  • Logo will featured throughout the A/V package
  • Website Recognition
  • Social Media Recognition
  • Half-page Spread in Annual Report
  • Logo recognition in Thank You ad announcing Youth of the Year
  • Tickets for four representatives of your company to the State Gala in Seattle on Wednesday, March 25th at Bell Harbor Conference Center.

Dinner with Friends Torch Sponsor (4) – $2,500

Your sponsorship goes toward underwriting the cost of the meal and program. For your investment at this level, you will receive one table of prime seating for 8 guests.

Your sponsorship will also include:

  • Logo recognition on printed materials including invitations and programs
  • VIP Meet & Greet with Youth of the Year Candidates Prior to Dinner
  • 1/2 Page ad in Program
  • Opportunity for one representative to serve as Youth of the Year Judge
  • Custom banner that will hang at the event and then be provided to your company as a Thank You
  • Website Recognition
  • Social Media Recognition
  • Quarter-page Spread in Annual Report
  • Bold name recognition in Thank You ad announcing Youth of the Year
  • Tickets for two representatives of your company to the State Gala in Seattle on Wednesday, March 25th at Bell Harbor Conference Center.

Dinner with Friends Leadership Sponsor (10) – $1,000

Your sponsorship goes toward underwriting the cost of the meal and program. For your investment at this level, you will receive one table for 8 guests.

Your sponsorship will also include:

  • 1/4 Page ad in Program
  • Banner that will hang at the event and then be provided to your company as a Thank You
  • Website Recognition
  • Social Media Recognition
  • Name recognition in Thank You ad announcing Youth of the Year

DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES

Youth of the Year Retreat Sponsor (1) – $2,000

We will take Clubhouse winners and their staff advisor to an annual Youth of the Year Retreat with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties and Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County. The intense three-day/two-night experience provides youth with the ability to finely tune their speeches, receive peer and staff feedback, go through multiple interview scenarios and bond with other youth from around the state that share their background and circumstances. Funding will allow for transportation, lodging and meals at the Lazy F Camp & Retreat Center in Ellensburg, WA. A custom sweatshirt will be designed for this event and given to participants for recognition of their efforts and marketing opportunities.

Your sponsorship will include:

  • Website Recognition
  • Social Media Recognition
  • Opportunity for one representative to serve as Youth of the Year Judge
  • Bold name recognition in Thank You ad announcing Youth of the Year
  • Quarter-page Spread in Annual Report
  • Exclusive Logo placement on Sweatshirt
  • Two Sweatshirts
  • One hour Corporate Team Building event led by Youth of the Year finalists

State Youth of the Year Event Sponsor (1) – $1,500

Funding will be used to not only take the Organizational Youth of the Year, but bring Clubhouse winners for select portions of the event. This serves not only as a reward for their hard work, but since most youth can participate in the program in subsequent years, it gives them the ability to see first-hand what the process is like, and receive the same training that state participants receive.

Your sponsorship will include:

  • Website Recognition
  • Social Media Recognition
  • Name recognition in Thank You ad announcing Youth of the Year
  • Quarter-page Spread in Annual Report
  • Tickets for two representatives of your company to the State Gala in Seattle on Wednesday, March 25th at Bell Harbor Conference Center.

Youth of the Year Program Sponsor (8) – $500

The Youth of the Year Program requires the most individual staff time of any of our programs. Your support allows the extra attention required by supplementing resources to provide additional staff to work with our teens and give them the support they need for success.

Your sponsorship will include:

  • Website Recognition
  • Social Media Recognition
  • Name recognition in Thank You ad announcing Youth of the Year

For more information on the Youth of the Year Program or sponsorship opportunities available, please reach out to our office at 360-419-3723.

On behalf of the more than 1,200 Skagit County youth who participate in Boys & Girls Club programs we appreciate your leadership in working to secure a better future through your charitable endeavors.

Thank you for considering an investment that will significantly enhance this special program for our worthy members. A sponsorship investment in this area by your business will have a lasting impact on the families and children served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County.

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Youth of the Month – December 2014

O’Riley B., age 9

O’Riley attends Fidalgo Elementary and became a Club member this past summer. He is a great addition to the Anacortes Club with his friendly attitude and great imagination! O’Riley also loves to help out whenever needed, whether its setting up games, or cleaning up around the Club. 

 

O’Riley

     

Rakaela F., age 6

Rakaela attends Mount Erie Elementary and became a Club member this summer.  Rakaela loves to participate in every aspect of the Club, be it Healthy Habits on Monday, Power Hour, Art, or playing games in the gym. She makes sure to show her Club pride every Tuesday for Club Shirt Day and is always a great help to staff and volunteers. 

 

Rakaela

     

Alberto Y., age 13

Alberto attends Anacortes Middle School and has been a Club member since 2012! After a year long hiatus from the Club, we are so excited to have had Alberto return as he has been a huge help in our teen center. Alberto is often found helping out in the Teen Center and makes sure to keep the teen center clean, often leading the charge and getting other teens to join in on the cleaning each night.

 

Alberto

Artist of the Month
Aaliyah H.
, age 9

Aaliyah attends Island View Elementary and just recently joined the Club this October. In her short time at the Club, Aaliyah has been a constant participant in the Art program, enjoying each project that Monica has to offer daily. 

 

Aaliyah

     

Triple Play MVP
Adayla R.
, age 11

Adayla attends Island View Elementary and has been a Club member since 2010.  Adayla is a great role-model for younger members during our Triple Play activities, often modeling great sportsmanship and making sure to play by the rules of each game. She has also been a great help to staff, making sure that all kids are playing fairly and playing with good sportsmanship as well. 

 
Adayla

Adayla

     
     
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LC Youth of the Month – December

Jensen, age 9

Jensen has been a member for 3 years.  While at the club, she can be found taking part in a number of activities including Torch Club, SMART Girls, Power Hour, Art Club and Image Makers.  When asked what her favorite thing is about the Club, Jensen said that it is being with all of her friends and being able to do fun things.  Jensen would like to become a surgeon when she grows up.

 
Jensen

Jensen

     

Braxton, age 6

This is Braxton’s first year at the Club.  He enjoys taking part in Power Hour, art, Triple Play games, and playing Legos.  Braxton has a great attitude and shows wonderful sportsmanship.  When asked what is favorite thing is about the Club, he said that it is either playing air hockey or capture the flag.  Braxton hopes to join the Army when he gets older.

 
Braxton

Braxton

     

Jessica, age 18

Jessica recently moved to La Conner from Texas.  She has been enjoying the LC Teen Corner to hang out with her friends, and has recently began volunteering to help with other activities around the Club as well.  Jessica’s favorite thing about the Club is interacting with the younger members and helping them learn.  After high school, Jessica plans to go to college and hopes to study early childhood education.

 
Jessica

Jessica

Homework All-Star
Joshua
, age 7

Joshua has been a member for 3 years.  He is very active in the Club and loves Triple Play games, SMART Kids and tournaments.  His favorite things to do while he is at the Club are air hockey, foosball, Power Hour and reading.  Joshua’s goal for the future is to become a doctor so that he can save lives.

 
Joshua

Joshua

     

Triple Play MVP
Hayden
, age 10

Hayden is in his first year at the Club and is enjoying it so far.  He is the first to sign up for Club Stratego or Chess tournaments and also participates in Triple Play games and Power Hour.  Hayden is a great athlete and shows good sportsmanship on the field.  He also helps younger kids during more difficult games.  When asked what his favorite thing is about the Club, Hayden said that it is being able to hang out with kids his age and have fun.  When he grows up, Hayden hopes to be a wide receiver for the Huskies, then the Seahawks.

 
Hayden

Hayden

     

Artist of the Month 
Morgan
, age 7

Morgan has been a member for 3 years.  She is very active in the Art Room and does an excellent job following directions.  Morgan also participates in many Triple Play and Project Learn activities.  Morgan’s favorite thing about the Club is that she gets to do fun things, like art and games, with all of her best friends. Morgan has many goals for the future, including being a teacher, working at the Boys & Girls Club as a leader, and working at a grocery store.

   
Morgan

Morgan

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Youth of the Year

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Brave Heroes Host 3rd Annual Sleeping Bag & Pillow Drive

Brave Heroes Sleeping Bag Drive

This year’s drive will benefit the Oasis Teen Shelter located in Mount Vernon

The Brave Heroes Torch Club is gearing up for their 3rd annual Sleeping Bag & Pillow Drive that will benefit the Oasis Teen Shelter located in Mount Vernon, WA. 

From now until December 15th, the Brave Heroes will be collecting the following items:

  • Sleeping bags (new or gently used)
  • Pillows (new or gently used)
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping mats
  • Hats
  • Toiletries 

Items can be dropped off at the La Conner Boys & Girls Clubs, located at 305 North 6th Street. For more information about Brave Heroes Torch Club or any other programs that promote Good Character & Citizenship, please contact Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 466-3672.

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