BE GREAT: Graduate

BE GREAT: Graduate focuses on keeping students in school through to high school graduation and beyond.

The BE GREAT: Graduate initiative uses the early warning signals — attendance, behavior and course failure — to identify youth at risk of dropping out of school.

The strategy behind BE GREAT: Graduate consists of three components:

  • Mentor – Youth Relationship – A long-term mentoring relationship that is built on trust and open communication, with the goal of building the Member’s belief that “they can, they want to and they belong.”
  • Intentional Tracking – Clubs regularly check the warning signs of withdrawal from school (attendance, behavior and course failure) and work with the youth to develop a timely intervention that focuses on decreasing the negative risks while increasing the protective factors (i.e., strengths) through the mentor relationship, problem solving and persistence. 
  • Enhancing Club-School-Home Partnership and Communication – Clubs and schools work together to share information and resources, and Clubs work to engage parents in their child’s education.

This initiative is designed to enhance each Club Member’s engagement with learning by providing consistent support from caring and trusted adults in developing the academic, emotional and social skills needed to achieve academic success. Club staff and volunteer Mentors are trained to use strength-based strategies and problem-solving techniques through strong relationships to support young people at risk for future school failure.

We are currently seeking volunteer Mentors for Members at each of our clubs. If you are interested, we encourage you to stop by during club hours where you will have the chance to take a tour, and meet the kids and staff. Please view the application. You may submit it online or drop off at the club where you would like to mentor.

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Director of Operations, Noah Bannister at nbannister@skagitclubs.org.

BE GREAT: Graduate – Fact Sheet


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Volunteer Orientation – April 25

Chess Club

Our Chief Professional Officer gets schooled in checkers… again.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and want to learn more about it, or if you are already a volunteer and want to brush up on tutoring skills, we invite you to join us for our next Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, April 25 at 1:00pm. We will cover the material in the Volunteer Handbook, a brief history of the Boys & Girls Clubs, how a volunteer fits into our Formula for Impact, and smart tutoring practices, in addition to other topics. Please come with questions as the session will be attended by staff from our Clubs to answer any questions you may have about a specific Club and the day-to-day volunteer experience. 

The next volunteer training session will be held Thursday, April 25th at 1:00pm at the Mount Vernon Club located at 1100 LaVenture Road. RSVPs appreciated but not required. 

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please see our Volunteer page, or contact Volunteer Coordinator Lacey Stuart at (360) 417-3723 x 4 or lstuart@bgcskagit.org

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New Look Learning Center

LaC New Look Learning Center

From top right: Education Coordinator Taylor Baker working with members, members playing Bingo, the brand new Red Reading Rug, and brothers Mason and Tommy playing Outburst.

The La Conner Learning Center has a new look and feel. Power Hour has been extended to 5pm to provide additional assistance to members who need need help completing their schoolwork. These extended hours also provide more high-yield learning activities that run in conjunction with Power Hour to reinforce math, reading, and critical thinking skills in our youth. 

Our new extended Power Hour program runs Monday – Thursday from 3:30 – 5:00pm

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January Family PLUS Event

Members and their families spend time together.

Family PLUS Night is here again to ring in the new year. Every month we host Family PLUS Night open houses to bring our Members’ families and friends to the Club to showcase what the Club kids have been up to in addition to participating in some fun Club activities. Dinner is provided and activities are run by Club staff and volunteers.

January’s theme is “A New Year, A New You.” On the agenda is BE GREAT: Graduate, a county-wide initiative to get all Club Members on track to graduate high school on time. We will also be announcing our January Youth of the Month. 

January Family PLUS Night is Thursday, January 24th from 6:00-7:30p.m. at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club. If you have any questions about the event, please contact us at (360) 856-1830.

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BE GREAT Training

Please join the BE GREAT: Graduate staff, and leaders of the Anacortes Club for a training and information session about the program, Friday 1/18 from 12:00-1:30p.m. If you are interested in learning more, or know you want to be a mentor or tutor, please join us. We will cover the workings of the Anacortes Club, the mission of the program, academic standards, and best practices for effective mentoring. Snacks will be provided. This session is pertinent to volunteering at all clubs. Call (360) 419-3723 x 4 or email lstuart@bgcskagit.org for more information.

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Congratulations Middle Schoolers

Members celebrate their academic achievement.

Congratulations to the Cascade Middle School Students who achieved Honor Roll for the first quarter in the Sedro-Woolley School District. Pictured here are 12 Boys & Girls Club Teens who attend the Teen Center regularly, where they complete their homework every day during Power Hour, the dedicated homework program. These Club Members understand that they serve as role models for upcoming sixth graders by exemplifying Academic Success at the Club. This same group of teens can often be found participating in our Reading Buddies program, where teens help elementary-aged Members with their reading skills and homework. 

We look forward to seeing the many more accomplishments of our Teens as the year progresses. If you have any questions about this or other programs that emphasize the Priority Outcome of Academic Success, please contact Program Director John Garman at (360) 856-1830.

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Recruiting Volunteer Tutors and Mentors

Be Great and Volunteer to support the Academic Success of our Members.

We are currently recruiting volunteer tutors and mentors as part of our BE GREAT: Graduate initiative.  Volunteers will support Academic Success during our daily Power Hour study time and various Project Learn activities. 

To learn more about volunteer requirements and becoming involved – please contact Lacey Stuart at lstuart@bgcskagit.org.

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SW Kids Read to Succeed

Sedro-Woolley Club Members start Power Hour with 20 minutes of reading each day.

If kids can read, they can succeed! This year reading comprehension is a big focus at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club. Power Hour participants at the Sedro-Woolley Club start their homework time with 20 minutes of reading every day. Kathy Brewer from the Sedro-Woolley Public Library visits the Club every Wednesday at 4 pm to read chapter books to Club Members. During Power Hour you’ll find several elementary students reading one-on-one to teen Club Members and high school volunteers. Education Coordinator Sundarah Hammontree is currently testing the reading comprehension level of all the elementary students’ attending the Boys & Girls Club. Members will be retested in December to assess any changes needed for our tutoring program, which will help to ensure members progress in their reading comprehension level.

If you’re interested in becoming a Reading Tutor for our elementary-age homework program, please contact Program Director John Garman at johng@bgcskagit.org or at 360-856-1830.

 

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