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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