Monthly Archives: October 2016

Youth of the Month – October 2016

Boy of the Month

Tristen J. Age 8

Tristen started attending the club when he was just 6 years old back in october of 2014. He is really outgoing with both staff and members and is always on the look out for which of his friends have arrived to invite them to join him in whichever program he’s attending at the moment, like Power hour or Smart Games room.

Tristen J.

Tristen J.

Girl of the Month

Makayla 

Makayla is a bright young girl who is always asking staff is there is anything she could do to help out the club. When a program she wants to participate she also always asks if she could help with that program. She is also part of our satellite program The Grizzly Hangout which she really enjoys attending.

 

Homework All-Star

Joselyn V. Age 7 

Joselyn started attending the club in the summer of 2015, She is now currently a 2nd grader attending Centennial Elementary School.  She has really grown to love doing homework during Power hour. If you ever walk into the Learning Center right after school you could see her in there doing her homework with a smile on her face.

 
Joselyn V.

Joselyn V.

Artist of the Month

Jakelyn B. Age 6

Jakelyn is a first grader attending Madison Elementary School. She really is growing as a member at the club, she really likes the art room. Anytime there is an art project that is the first thing she does, she also like to just stay there and continue doing art even after her craft is finished.

 
Jakelyn B.

Jakelyn B.

Triple Play MVP  (Sportsmanship Award)

Jackie C. Age 9 

Jackie is a 3rd grader attending Little Mountain elementary school. She started attending the club in january 2014. Jackie is always coming to the club when our triple play program starts. She really loves playing football, any time she knows a football activity she brings along her own football to share with other members.

Jackie C.

Jackie C.

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Helping Hands Food Bank offers Free Farmer’s Share at the Clubs

Sedro-Woolley City Councilwoman Germaine Kornegay and Nolan Thompson, an avid member of the Sedro-Woolley Boys and Girls Club’s gardening group, share a discussion about the fruits and vegetables in Nolan’s bag. Photo by Cookson Beecher.

Sedro-Woolley City Councilwoman Germaine Kornegay and Nolan Thompson, an avid member of the Sedro-Woolley Boys and Girls Club’s gardening group, share a discussion about the fruits and vegetables in Nolan’s bag. Photo by Cookson Beecher.

Both the Sedro-Woolley and Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Clubs lucked out with perfect weather for two consecutive weeks in September for an outdoor Farmer’s Share orchestrated by Helping Hands Food Bank, where Club youth and their families were able to stock up on free fresh vegetables and fruits. 

To celebrate Hunger Action Month, Helping Hands Food Bank gathered fresh produce from local farms & grocery stores, such as Viva Farms, Hayton Farms, Ralphs Green house, and more. A bounty of colorful boxes filled with potatoes, carrots, squash, apples, plums, peaches, and broccoli, just to name a few, were arrayed out for kids to select from. 

Two WSU Extension staff were on hand representing the Farmers Market Flash program, to talk about nutrition and farmers markets with the kids while making it fun, with prizes, temporary tattoos, and stickers. WSU Extension’s brand new program, Farmer’s Market Flash, is focused on spreading the good news about the Double Up Bucks Program, where SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) dollars are stretched at farmers markets so that families can buy more fruits and vegetables, at no cost extra cost to them. By simply swiping their EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card at the information booth, farmers markets will give an additional $2 in Douple Up Bucks for every $2 spent in EBT, to purchase fresh and healthy food. “We believe good, healthy fresh food should be available for everyone, regardless of their economic situation.” said WSU Extension’s Farmers Market Flash Coordinator, Shannon Bachtel.

Club youth were certainly thrilled about the selection to choose from, and especially loved seeing the rows of raspberries at the end. Although, one kid did exclaim “broccoli!” heartily as he added it too his bag. As Club member Michael Worley was busy helping to unload and set up boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables at the Sedro-Woolley Boys and Girls Club, he said he really liked seeing everyone joining together and working toward the same goal. When asked what that shared goal was, he said “Helping get healthy food into people’s homes.”

Rebecca Schlaht, Operations Manager of the Food Bank hopes that these Farmer’s Share events can be expanded and plans to reach more Clubs, more often. “Our goal is to showcase the amazing produce that is available at local food banks,” says Schlaht. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County would like to thank Helping Hands Food Bank and the WSU Extension for putting these Farmer’s Share events together.

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Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Hires New Teen Director

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Tori Grace (middle), poses with Teen members of the Anacortes Club, Kyle Thomas, Geoffrey Hamilton, Kendall Denman and Mason Blackburn (in front). Photo by Foxlight

The start of the school year also brings with it a new Teen Coordinator for the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club. With longtime coordinator Noah Richards leaving to fulfill other interests, Tori Grace has been hired to move into the role. 

“The Anacortes Teen Program needed a candidate that could connect with teens while also encouraging them to reach their full potential. We are excited to have Tori step into this role and bring her past experience to the Club and really help grow this program into something great.” said Club Director Taylor Bannister. 

Tori has worked for the Anacortes Club since January of 2016 as a Youth Development Professional, with an emphasis in Teen Programming. A graduate of Anacortes High School, she attended both Skagit Valley and Whatcom Community College. Tori has 5 years of experience working with youth, namely as a Leader with Young Life here in Anacortes. 

“Tori has the unique advantage of having had time to build relationships with current Club teens as well as other teens in the Anacortes Community through her work with Young Life” said Bannister, “we feel that that experience will lend itself extremely well to this position with the Anacortes Club.”

Tori has expressed her excitement to work with the Anacortes Teen Program as it has seen impressive growth over the last few years. The Club sees about twenty teens on a daily basis and around forty teens during their After-Hour Program on Friday nights.

“I’m looking forward this,” said Tori. “The Club is a fun, safe place for teens to come to and I’m excited to be a part of something like this. I really enjoy building relationships with the teens and being involved in the community with them.”

Her first task will be helping mentor youth through the Club’s annual Youth of the Year Program. Youth of the Year is the premier recognition program for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Youth ages 14-18 are invited to compete in this prestigious competition, earning scholarships and accolades through each step of the process. For more information on this great program and ways to participate, call the Anacortes Club at 360.419.5526. 

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Youth of the Month – October 2016

Boy of the Month

Braedyn P., age 7

Braedyn has been a daily attendee of the Club since September 2015 and attends Fidalgo Elementary. He enjoys playing Triple Play games such as dodgeball, Three Pin Soccer, and Rainbow Tag. Braedyn also spends time in the games room and learning center and always has a positive attitude with whatever he does. 

Braedyn P.

Girl of the Month

Shelly E., age 11

Shelly attends Fidalgo Elementary and has been a Club member since July 2015. Shelly is an excellent role model for all of our Club members and is eager to help staff whenever she can. She spends most of her time in the art room but also enjoys gym games and Power Hour.

 

Shelly E.

Teen of the Month

Jayden B., age 15

Jayden has been a Club member since 2014 and attends Anacortes High School. Jayden is a fun and lively presence in the teen center. He is eager to help staff with their activities and is always up for whatever programming is ongoing. Jayden has also shown himself to be pretty good at ping pong too. 

 

Jayden

Homework All-Star

Emri V., age 8

Emri is a daily presence in the learning center, always working on her homework and Khan Academy. She currently has earned more Power Hour points than any other Club member. Way to go Emri!

 

Emri

Artist of the Month

Ada L., age 9

Ada spends much of her time at the Club in the art room. She enjoys painting, coloring, chalk pastels, and other craft projects. Ada does much to help staff in the art room including cleaning and helping younger members with their projects. 

Ada

Triple Play MVP

Makhi O., age 9

Makhi is a constant presence in the gym during Triple Play. He loves participating in everything from bump to backboard dodgeball, chaos ball to chair soccer, keys to the castle to battleship. Makhi knows that positive sportsmanship and physical fitness are good traits to have.

 

Makhi

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Cargill Animal Nutrition Recommits to support Clubs

cargillBoys & Girls Club members recently made a visit to Cargill Animal Nutrition, in Burlington, to thank the staff team there for the renewed $3,500 investment on behalf of the 1,600+ youth members who attend the after-school & summer programs at the Clubs. Meeting with the manager, Andrew St. Lawrence, and many others from the mill team, Club members were able to talk about their favorite programs, what brought them to the Clubs, and the impact that they saw through the Club opportunities. “We share a common, and central passion—healthy lifestyles, and a grounded understanding of nutrition, and its effect on our wellbeing. Cargill has been a great partner,” John Garman, the Clubs’ Director of STEM Initiatives, remarked. “It’s great to work with companies who share our passion for youth, who focus on the healthy lifestyles of our communities, and who focus on nutritional science—from animals to people.”

Cargill Animal Nutrition, as an international leader in agriculture, nutrition, and feed products has been operating for more than 150 years. With a local mill operating in Burlington, and providing innovative animal nutrition solutions for most of the region, Cargill is one of the lead feed producers in Skagit County. The Boys & Girls Clubs’ partnership with Cargill is focused on Healthy Lifestyles programs, and reinforcing the habits & discussion of what leads to healthy lives, and healthy communities.”

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Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club teens visit Growing Veterans farm

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-47-16-amThe teens from the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club paid a visit to the Growing Veterans farm in Mount Vernon on Wednesday, July 27th.  While there, teens helped with weeding before getting a tour of the farm. They learned not only about growing produce but also how the Growing Veterans farms help veterans transition back into civilian life and engage in peer-support while building community. A great way to work with some of the unique partners throughout the Skagit Valley, the tour helped underscore some of the healthy habits & career readiness programs available at the Clubs.

“I liked helping the veterans at the farm because it made me feel good,” said Logan Thompson, age 12. The Club members spent an hour with their hands in the dirt weeding a bed of carrots, while visiting with some of the veterans who work and volunteer at the Mount Vernon farm. 

After they were done weeding, the teens were taken around the farm by Joel Swenson, Peer Support Coordinator for Growing Veterans. The teens learned about all the different crops grown at the farm, which include garlic, kale, cauliflower, and broccoli. They also stopped by the farm’s bee hives. “I really liked the bees,” said Gabbie Timblin, age 13. “I didn’t know that they circled the hive so they could find their way home before they left.” 

Growing Veterans is a nonprofit organization that combines veteran reintegration with sustainable agriculture—creating a holistic solution to fighting the multitude of issues the veteran population faces and simultaneously empowering them by providing opportunities for peer support, broader community engagement, and skills training. The program has seen hundreds of Veterans come through the farming projects, helping to ensure great community interaction, and demonstrating the importance of veteran support, and sustainable livelihood. And they make their produce available each week at the Farmer’s Market, in Mount Vernon.

Sedro-Woolley teens make time to visit and collaborate with many non-profits throughout Skagit County, gaining valuable knowledge and learning the importance of volunteering and giving back to their community. Exemplifying the qualities of Good Character & Citizenship, the teens work to hard to reach out, learn as much as they can, and mature.

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Under the Big Top, Dinner & Auction

Under the Big Top Dinner & Auction

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