Monthly Archives: June 2015

20th Annual Golf Tournament

20th Annual Golf Tournament

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Sierra-Pacific donates to Healthy Lifestyles Programs for Boys & Girls Clubs youth

Sierra Pacific Giving CheckSarah Nevares, from Sierra-Pacific Industries visited the Mount Vernon Clubhouse on June 11th to present Club members with a grant to enhance Healthy Lifestyle programs this summer for youth in Skagit County. The $2,500 investment will be utilized to support Positive Sprouts, a program that focuses on combating the growing obesity crisis among America’s youth by educating youth on the importance of eating nutritious foods, and living healthy by building and maintaining community gardens. As a community partner, this reinforces Sierra-Pacific Industries commitment in growing healthy communities. The funds will also allow all Clubhouses in Skagit County an opportunity to add an educational field trip centered around conservation and stewardship.

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Leadership Skagit Benefits the Sedro-Woolley Club with Building Upgrades

SW Front Desk UnveilingAs their annual project, “Helping Hands” one of the 2015 Leadership Skagit Teams, decided to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Sedro-Woolley by updating their entrance space in the Club. Working with members of the community, Leadership Skagit team members built a new front desk for parents, new members, and game checkout which will help with the flow of the Club and brighten up the entrance space. The previous desk did not fit the needs of the Club as it had not been updated since the Club’s inception in 2001. As an added benefit, the team added a project to bring in new cubbies for the kids’ backpacks.

The team, Roland King, Rebecca Shotton, Cameron Bigge, Dorothy Elsner, Carol Anderson, and Anthony Esposito, formed last September and at the beginning of the year followed some leads to look at various projects. Many of the initial projects turned out to be too large in scope. Rebecca Shotton, long-time Club supporter, recommended the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County as a potential sight. Another component, they wanted youth participation and were thrilled when the construction class at Cascade Job Corps came onto the project to design and build the new cubbies. In addition, Roland’s son and Burlington-Edison high school student, Bowen King plans to produce a short video, capturing the transformation.

For this project, Leadership Skagit worked with several local businesses to procure supplies and draft construction plans, most of which were donated for the project. Frontier Lumber provided the materials, like paint, wood and hardware, Banner Bank and NorthCoast Credit Union, and Sue Krienen provided financial backing for the construction and laminate.

At an unveiling attended by Skagit Leadership members and Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County staff & board members, Carol Anderson addressed the group, saying she is “continually impressed with how Skagit County takes care of their own”.  Club Director John Garman expressed that he wished that they all could have been there to see the looks of wonder and excitement on the kids faces when they arrived to see the brand new desk & cubbies. “Now all the kids want to volunteer to help behind the new desk,” said Garman, adding, “and it’s so nice to not have backpacks on the floor anymore”.

The Sedro-Woolley Club has a longstanding relationship with Leadership Skagit and has worked on team building and leadership skills with the Club teens in the past.  “Since the Sedro-Woolley Club expanded its building and returned to full time programming for its members, attendance at the Club has doubled, making it necessary to improve the facility,” said Club Director John Garman. “These upgrades will help the Club better serve its 135 kids that we see daily. Thank you to the team at Leadership Skagit for thinking of us and helping to improve the Club for all of the kids and families that are impacted here in Sedro-Woolley.”

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Keystone Club teaches the value of community service

Samantha Busadre (left) and Jazzelle Elias (right) cook hot dogs at the True Value hot dog fundraiser

Samantha Busadre (left) and Jazzelle Elias (right) cook hot dogs at the True Value hot dog fundraiser

Teenage members of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Clubs get the opportunity to do more than just hang out after school. Taking ownership of their Club, and effecting positive change, members engage in Keystone Club. This national program of Boys & Girls Clubs focuses on service and leadership, and provides the opportunity to get involved throughout the community.

Every Friday afternoon President Shaely Spilker, Vice President Jazzelle Elias, Treasurer Hallie Simpson and any Club member who wants to be involved meet and discuss upcoming service projects, fundraisers and ways to improve the Teen Center. A staff advisor participates in meetings but it is the members who ultimately decide what projects to focus on. Recently they rose over $600 for the Boys & Girls Club between two fundraisers, the True Value anniversary and Blast from the Past, both held in Sedro-Woolley. Coming up, they will be participating in a hamburger fundraiser at the Sedro-Woolley Eagles on the 4th of July. Earlier in the school year they also had the opportunity to sell programs at Century Link field during the Seahawks vs. Cowboys game as part of the Spirit of 12 program, which allows non-profits to raise funds through program sales.

Beyond just fundraisers, the Sedro-Woolley Keystone Club also does community service projects. This year they have done several projects with the Skagit Land Trust pulling ivy and helping to plant trees, including participating in their Earth Day event. They are currently planning on having a book drive during summer vacation and hope to do a food drive during the next school year.

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Simplified Summer Food Program for Children

The Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County announces the sponsorship of the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children.  Meals will be made available at no charge to attending children 18 years of age and younger

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Meals will be served at the following location(s):

Anacortes Boys & Girls Club
City Hall Basement, 904 6th Street, Anacortes, WA 98221
M-F 6/15/15-9/4/15
Breakfast & Lunch
8:00-9:00 AM // 12:30PM-1:30PM
Taylor Bannister, Club Director
360.419.3723 x13

Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club
1100 North LaVenture Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
M-F 6/15/15-9/4/15
Snack AM & PM
11:00 AM-12:00 PM // 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Angela Freeberg, Club Director
360.419.3723 x33

Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club
915 McGarigle Road, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
M-F 6/15/15-9/4/15
Snack AM & PM
11:00 AM-12:00 PM // 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
John Garman, Club Director
360.419.3723 x43

Learning & Lunches @ Storvik Park
32nd St, Anacortes, WA 98221
6/22/15 – 8/21/15 (Mon-Thur)
Lunch
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Warren Tessler
360.588.9045

Learning & Lunches @ Whitney
1200 M Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221
6/22/15 – 8/21/15 (Mon-Thur)
Lunch
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Warren Tessler
360.588.9045

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#skagitpride

You may have noticed this on some of our banners, in emails, on social media – #skagitpride. It’s our celebration tag, and have we had a lot to celebrate this year. Much of it has been covered in our newsletters, in the paper, in our Annual Report, and other publications. There are now two more reasons to have #skagitpride.

Recently, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County learned that it was in the top 10% of Clubs across the United States for growth – 26.7% for 2014. This is a tremendous achievement, especially when considering that we did not reach this status by opening a new site or adding programs. Instead, we’ve stretched the capacity of our facilities and reinvested in programs and staff development. Through this, a better Club experience results, and more kids start attending more often. We are already on a pace to break last year’s record of 1,479 youth served, and look to do even more through partnerships and collaboration.

Significant growth is also occurring in our summer programs. For the second year, we are open from the first day of summer vacation to the last. It puts a strain on our facilities and staff without a break between the vastly different types of programs, but our families need us, and we simply have had to find ways to resolve things outside of program times. Because of this, and kids simply voting with their feet, our summer enrollment is up, with Clubs reporting increases of 18-92% over last year. THAT makes us have #skagitpride.

Our Clubs would not have the opportunity to continue serving more and more kids if it were not for our hardworking Board of Directors, community partners, advocates, donor-investors, corporate and business sponsors. Thanks to all for empowering us to make a difference in the lives of youth in our communities. Because of you, #skagitpride is alive and well. 

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SMART Girls Program fosters a place of trust and friendship

smart girls crossfitSMART Girls is all about healthy attitudes & positive choices. Lead by longtime Club volunteer, Renee Buchanan, the SMART Girls program provides girls ages 9-16 a safe forum to discuss their unique needs. SMART, standing for Skills Mastery and Resistance Training, is the method to focus learning in a group environment to instill the skills and competencies related to making healthy choices, abstaining from drug use, and creating lasting relationships. Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides curriculum for SMART programs, helping to provoke reflection & discussion on various topics related to life choices. Each lesson has a badge to be earned that goes in their SMART Girls Journal, motivating the participants and providing them with a chronicle of what they’ve learned over the course of the year.

This year’s class of SMART Girls consisted of thirteen young women and the first session is always about getting to know your fellow SMART Girls and establishing an environment of trust and safety. “What happens in SMART Girls, stays in SMART Girls,” says fourth year SMART Girl Erin Davis. Fellow SMART Girl Paula Banda says, “Renee makes things really fun and I can trust her with anything.” Some of their favorite activities from this year include “Recipe for Friendship,” where they list all of the best qualities that make a good friend and how to be a good friend. During Nutrition Week, they learned how to make healthy smoothies. The Girls were also treated to field trips, visiting local Club supporters and their parents’ businesses, like Crossover Fitness, where CrossFit trainer Tammy Straub showed the girls fun and easy ways to stay fit.

Much like all things at the Boys & Girls Club, it would be difficult to do awesome stuff like this without community supporters. For the third year, SMART Girls at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club has been sponsored by the Soropotimist International of Sedro-Woolley, a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

To finish out the year, the SMART Girls who completed the program celebrated with a SMART Girls Night In. After dinner followed a favorite team building exercise where everyone writes one compliment, anonymously, and by the end each Girl has a compliment from everyone in the group. SMART Girls Certificates were awarded, followed by dessert and a craft project. The three 6th grade girls, Erin Davis, Paula Banda, and Gabbie Timblin, received a special name plaque because of their participation in Smart Girls over the past 3 years. They will be graduating to the Teen Program next year.

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ROSS In-store giving campaign generates funds for Boys & Girls Clubs

Ross 18Ross stores across the nation recently wrapped up their in-store giving campaign titled “Open the Door to GREAT Futures”. The local Ross store in Burlington, went above and beyond in their effort to outpace the other Ross stores in a friendly competition to raise the most funds for the Clubs. Club teens were invited to visit the store during the campaign and join in the effort to raise awareness about the Clubs. Ross employees made it a fun and lighthearted experience for the kids. “When we walked in they had picked out colorful costumes, and accessories for us to wear featuring our Club color, blue. The teens really picked up on the playful spirit of it,” said Sarah Arquitt, Club photographer for the event. As donations came in, an employee would make an announcement over the loud speaker, followed by cheers and applause. Club Teens also made the most of the opportunity and put in some volunteer service hours at the store, tidying up misplaced merchandise and greeting customers while sharing with them about the Clubs.

When the campaign wrapped up the Burlington store raised $4,253.44 to support youth programs at Boys & Girls Clubs. The Clubs would like to thank Ross for the funds, as well as for the delightful experience their employees provided for the Club teens.

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Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club hosts 21st Century Family Night

Family NightOn Thursday, May 28th the Mount Vernon Club hosted the Mount Vernon School District 21st Century Program Family Night for Mount Baker and LaVenture Middle School students. 21st Century students and their families enjoyed dinner, provided by Olive Garden, and made Family trees which highlighted their family and individual strengths and character. Mount Vernon Library participated in the event, sharing opportunities for teens to engage in their summer reading program and other fun activities over the summer months.  

The 21st Century program is focused on helping students be successful in school by providing after school tutoring and homework help, enrichment activities and dinner. Each Tuesday & Wednesday throughout the school year the Mount Vernon Club provides prevention and skill building activities for students at each of the middle schools.  All 21st Century students are provided free access to the Club.

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