Five Key Elements for Positive Youth Development

Our programs are focused on helping our Members achieve our Priority Outcomes.

Through extensive research, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America identified Five Key Elements that make it possible for Clubs to assure positive developmental experiences for our Members.

The Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County concentrates on these five elements, assisting our community’s youth to succeed in reaching their goals.

A safe, positive environment.

A Safe, Positive Environment
Our Clubs are a safe haven where Members feel physically and emotionally secure at all times. Club Staff, facilities, program offerings and age-appropriate settings create stability, consistency and a sense of safety for members.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County provide structure and clearly define acceptable behaviors.

A Club Experience is rooted in Fun.

Fun
Our Clubs generates fun for our Members.

Each child develops a strong sense of belonging through connections they establish with Staff and peers.

Staff make our four Clubs feel like home, fostering a family atmosphere and creating a sense of ownership for our Members.

Members develop meaningful relationships with peers and adults.

Supportive Relationships
Youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County develop meaningful relationships with peers and adults.

Staff members actively cultivate such relationships to ensure that every member feels connected to one or more adults and peers.

Staff members demonstrate warmth, caring, appreciation, acceptance and proper guidance in their interactions with Members.

Clear expectations help our Members do well in school.

Opportunities and Expectations
Our Club Members acquire physical, social, technological, artistic and life skills.

We encourages our Members to develop moral character and behave ethically.

Staff members establish and reinforce high expectations and help our young people to do well in school and to pursue a post-secondary education.

Our Clubs recognized Members for their successes.

Recognition
We recognize and affirm our young people’s self-worth and accomplishments. Staff members encourage our youth and provide positive reinforcement as they make improvements and experience successes.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County showcase young people’s achievements through our Youth of the Month and Youth of the Year programs.

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