Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sedro-Woolley announces Youth of the Year

Jazzelle Elias (2015 Youth of the Year) poses with Pat Grenfell (recipient of the Mike & Dianne Crawford Award) and Melanie Banda (2015 Junior Youth of the Year)

Jazzelle Elias (2015 Youth of the Year) poses with Pat Grenfell (recipient of the Mike & Dianne Crawford Award) and Melanie Banda (2015 Junior Youth of the Year)

Dinner with Friends was recently hosted by Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club Members at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center on Thursday, November 12th. Approximately 100 community members gathered to hear Club youth present a program that recognizes their fellow Club Members with awards in several key programs, most notably, Youth of the Year. 

The process for the Youth of the Year program began at the Club level with Club Members Hallie Simpson, Paula Banda, and Jazzelle Elias preparing their speeches and then presenting to a panel of judges from the community, Christine Johnson (SW School Board), Mike Anderson (SW Mayor), Keith Wagoner (SW City Council/Mayor Elect), and Lin Tucker (SW Police Chief). Each candidate went on to share their speech at their Club’s Dinner with Friends event, where the winners were announced. This year’s crop of candidates presented strong, moving speeches. Ultimately Jazzelle Elias was selected as Youth of the Year. Jazzelle has earned $250 in scholarship money and will go on to speak at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Youth of the Year event on January 27th, 2016. Additionally Melanie Banda was named Junior Youth of the Year. The Junior candidate will continue on in the program as well, gathering experience and knowledge for their future run for Youth of the Year. All participants of the program gain valuable experience in public speaking and the opportunity to be awarded for their growth as Club Members.

Club Members were also given recognition in the following categories; Artist of the Year went to Lance Hilton, the Spark Award went to Shaely Spilker, the Sportmanship Award went to Riley Newman, the Academic All Star Award went to Ryan Olson, and the Boy & Girl of the Year went to Connor Davis and Hayley Myrick. 

The Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club took this opportunity to award the Staff of the Year to Desni Clay. This award was voted on with secret ballots by Club Kids. Desni joined the Boys & Girls Club this summer as a seasonal staff and quickly worked her way into the hearts of Club members. She now works as an OJP coordinator, focusing on programs like Project Learn and mentoring Club members.

Mike & Diane Crawford Service Award was presented to Pat Grenfell. Pat is a long-time supporter of our Clubs and advocates for youth in all of Skagit County. She is an active volunteer, and often provides food for family nights, secures donations, and gives monetary support as well. 

We’d like to thank all those that supported our Club Members by attending this event. We hope to see you all at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Youth of the Year event to be held on January 27th, 2016, where we will announce the County-wide candidate that will win $500 in scholarship money and go on to the State Competition.

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Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

Paul Godfrey (recipient of the Dean Maxwell Service Award), Claire Severin (2015 Youth of the Year), Taylor Bannister (Anacortes Club Director)

Paul Godfrey (recipient of the Dean Maxwell Service Award), Claire Severin (2015 Youth of the Year), Taylor Bannister (Anacortes Club Director)

Dinner with Friends was recently hosted by Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Members at the Seafarers’ Memorial Building on Wednesday, November 18th. Approximately 80 community members gathered to hear Club youth present a program that recognizes their fellow Club Members with awards in several key programs, most notably, Youth of the Year. 

The process for the Youth of the Year program began at the Club level with Club members preparing their speeches and then presenting to a panel of judges selected from the community. Candidates, Karen Gallardo and Claire Severin went on to share their speech at their Club’s Dinner with Friends event, where the winners were announced. Anacortes Boys & Girls Club is thrilled to announce Claire Severin as their Youth of the Year. Claire has earned $250 in scholarship money and will go on to speak at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Youth of the Year event in January. 

Club Members were also given recognition in the following categories; Artist of the Year went to Hannah Stewart, the Sportsmanship Award went to Nick King, Academic All-Star went to Madison Johnson, and the Boy & Girl of the Year went to Travis Follett and Ella Cervantes. 

Voted on by Club kids with secret ballots, the Staff of the Year award went to Andrew Worcester. Andrew was hired as the new Program Director this last September. In his short time at the Club, Andrew has become a kid favorite with his new games, ideas, and ridiculous “fun facts” for the white board each day.  

The Dean Maxwell Service Award was presented to Paul Godfrey for his many years of service and dedication to the Anacortes Club. Paul joined the Anacortes Community Council when it first formed in 2009, and has served as a member ever since. Paul has been a huge asset to the Anacortes Club and is well deserving of the honor.

The Anacortes Club would like to thank all those that supported Club members by attending this event. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Youth of the Year event will be held on January 27th, 2016, where the County-wide candidate will be announced, awarded $500 in scholarship money and continue on to the State Youth of the Year event.

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WA State Youth of the Year, Justice Lively honored in Congressional Record

Ron McHenry, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County looks on as Rep. Susan Delbene presents the Congressional Record entry to Karen Gallardo (Anacortes Youth of the Year) on behalf of Justice Lively. Photo by Azota Photography.

Ron McHenry, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County looks on as Rep. Susan Delbene presents the Congressional Record entry to Karen Gallardo (Anacortes Youth of the Year) on behalf of Justice Lively. Photo by Azota Photography.

Justice Lively, Boys & Girls Clubs Washington State Youth of the Year, has another achievement to add to his list. At the recent “We are the Champions” Gala & Auction for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene took center stage to present the Congressional Record entered on April 29, 2015 honoring Justice Lively. Justice could not be present to accept the award, as he is currently working on his Certification in Nursing Assistance at a JobCorps program in Moses Lake. Anacortes Youth of the Year, Karen Gallardo was there to accept the honor on his behalf. 

Justice experienced many trials in his youth. An excerpt of the the Congressional Record by Rep. Delbene reads,  “Justice’s upbringing was filled with far greater challenges than any child should face. As a young boy, with his father deployed in the U.S. Army and his mother frequently absent, Justice was cared for by his oldest brother. When his father returned, Justice was brought into a new home with an abusive stepmother. Just as his mother began to get her life back together, she was killed in a car accident when Justice was only seven years old.”

Yet, Justice was able to rise above to become an outstanding citizen and member of the Boys & Girls Club. DelBene continued, “When he was 10, Justice’s life finally took a turn for the better. He was adopted by his aunt and uncle and was brought to Mount Vernon, where he later joined the local Boys & Girls Club. Today, Justice is a leader at the Club, focused on helping children. He frequently reads books to the Club’s younger children as part of a class on early childhood development.”

When Justice went on to the Regional Youth of the Year event in Los Angeles last summer, some members sent him some hand drawn postcards to wish him luck. The group raved about their respect for him. “We all think he’s amazing!” said Sedro-Woolley Club member Hallie Simpson. The Youth of the Year Award is the highest achievement given to Boys & Girls Club members. Youth who participate in the program gain experience in public speaking, interviewing skills, and essay preparation, learning skills that they carry with them into trade schools, college, and employment—skills that cultivate them into exemplary citizens that give back to their community. Their peers see the positive changes and are inspired. 

After completing the JobCorps program. Justice plans to continue his education at Western Washington University in pursuit of his goal of becoming a pediatric nurse at Seattle Children’s hospital.

This week and next week, the Youth of the Year process begins anew with Club level Youth of the Year awardees named at their respective Dinner with Friends events. The Skagit County Youth of the Year event will be held on January 27. 

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Clubs closed for Winter Break

Attention Club Parents: All Clubs will be closed for Winter Break from Dec 21 to Jan 3. We will be back to regular hours starting on Jan 4, 2016. Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday.

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Thank you for Giving the Gift of a GREAT Future

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Youth of the Month – December 2015

Hollis B., age 9

Hollis has been a member since June 2012 and attends Mt. Erie Elementary. He is an extremely active Club member, participating in everything that is offered. Hollis has shown to be an excellent leader on his dodgeball team and always has a positive attitude around the club.

 
Hollis

Hollis

     

Chloe B., age 9

Chloe attends Island View Elementary and has been a member since April 2015. She is one of the sweetest members around the club and shows a particular willingness to help out the younger members. Chloe enjoys spending her time in the art room and playing all sorts of gym games. 

 
Chloe

Chloe

     

Aubrey S., age 14

A newer member, joining the club this past September, Aubrey attends Anacortes High School and she has quickly made a positive impact. She is extremely helpful around the club and diligent in her responsibilities. Aubrey is very well-mannered and a joy to be around. 

 
Aubrey

Aubrey

 

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