News & Events

With four Clubs and two new 21st Century Sites that we offer direct services to—you can imagine how much good stuff is going on at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. Scroll down to read updates about the Targeted Programs being offered each and every day at our Clubs and visit the links on the right to learn more about upcoming events and how you can Invest in Our Kids.

#Discover Summer 2017

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Youth of the Month – March 2017

Boy of the Month

Cooper S. Age 7

Cooper joined the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club this summer and is currently a 1st grader at Washington Elementary School. Cooper is always carrying a smile on his face ready to join in on any activity the Club has to offer. Whether he is participating in an outdoor game, working on his homework in the Learning Center, or playing Bumper Pool, Cooper is always having fun with his friends, all while being respectful and demonstrating great character and citizenship.

 

Girl of the Month

Faith N. Age 10

Faith is a 4th grader at Madison Elementary School and joined the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club back in 2013, making this her fourth year attending. She is an amazing presence at the Boys & Girls Club by doing her homework in Power Hour, getting creative in the Art Room, and finding time to play outside. Faith has grown into a great leader and role model for other members by being a productive, caring and responsible youth through the various activities she has done at the Club!

 

 

Homework All-Star

Agustin C. Age 10

Agustin is a 4th grader attending Centennial Elementary School and has been coming to the Club for 3 years now. Agustin is always seen working on his homework before he does any other activity in the Club. Recently, he has been participating in the Power Hour Star Readers Challenge and in doing so has accumulated over 100 minutes of reading, the highest of all youth in the Club!

 

Artist of the Month

Ashley G. Age 9

Ashley has been attending the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club for 2 years and is currently a 3rd grader at Centennial Elementary School.  Ashley is always ready to work on any project the Art Room has to offer. Her imagination and creativity have helped her create amazing pieces of art, ranging from complex paper crafts, to drawings of cartoons. She loves participating in Drawing Club and is always willing to help other members, carrying a smile on her face!

 

Triple Play MVP  (Sportsmanship Award)

Karlin C. Age 9

Karlin is a 3rd grader attending Washington Elementary School and started coming to the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club back in January of 2015. Karlin can always be found playing his favorite activities outside which include soccer, dodgeball and shark shark attack. He doesn’t care about winning or losing, as long as he is out there having a blast with his peers, which makes him a great role model for other youth.

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Youth of the Month – March 2017

Boy of the Month

Austin M., age 6

Austin attends Fidalgo Elementary School and this is his first year attending the Club. He is a programming pro, spending his time in the learning center, Art Room, gamesroom, gym, and anything in between. Austin always has a positive attitude and trying new activities and games.

Austin

Girl of the Month

Jessica F., age 8

Jessica has been a Club member since 2015 and attends Fidalgo Elementary. She loves spending time with her friends in the Art Room and working on her homework in Power Hour. Jessica is always eager to help staff and makes sure to include everyone when playing.

 

Jessica

Teen of the Month

Olivia Y., age 15

Olivia is a diligent member of Keystone Club and is a constant presence in the teen center. Olivia has been a Club member since 2009 and attends Anacortes High School. She always brings her fun, bright, and witty attitude to the Club.

 

Olivia

Homework All-Star

Dylan G., age 12

Dylan is extremely diligent at getting his work done. He also spends time in the learning center reading whenever he can and on the computers playing educational games.

 

Dylan

Artist of the Month

Soleil R., age 12

Soleil is a daily presence in the Art Room and is always eager to help staff and other members. She recently had an art piece win in the Anacortes Art Contest and is currently competing in a regional contest. 

Soleil

Triple Play MVP

Taryn M., age 6

Taryn is always eager to spend some time in the gym playing Triple Play games. She is fearless when it comes to competing with the older Club members and always remembers to have fun.

 

Taryn

STEM Superstar

Marley B., age 10

Although she doesn’t normally spend time in the computer lab, Marley has been a regular attendee more recently. That is because she has been intrigued with the Clubs 3D design programs. Marley recently made herself a narwhal.  

 

Marley

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Open the Door, Take the Tour

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Now Hiring at all Clubs in Skagit County

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Youth of the Month – February 2017

Boy of the Month

Fletcher O., age 12

Fletcher joined the Club in 2015 and attends Fidalgo Elementary. He has grown into one of the Clubs best role models for positive sportsmanship and fair play. Fletchers favorite activities are STEM and Triple Play. He even helped his team win the Fall Dodgeball League.

Fletcher

Girl of the Month

Aniyah H., age 8

Aniyah attends Island View Elementary and has been a Club member since 2014. She spends lots of time in the Art Room working on wonderful projects and creations. Aniyah is great at getting her homework done during Power Hour and even fitting in some gym time.

 

Aniyah

Teen of the Month

Abby Y., age 13

Abby has been a huge influence within Keystone Club, helping with their weekly meetings, volunteering projects, and fundraising efforts. Abby has been a Club member since 2009 and attends Anacortes Middle School. This is her first year in the teen center and has even made it to a few teen nights.

 

Abby

Homework All-Star

Trevor L., age 12

Trevor attends Power Hour most days out of the week to get a head start on his homework. He is great a getting his work done and makes sure to have some fun while doing it too.

 

Trevor

Artist of the Month

Mason H., age 10

Mason spends lots of time in the Art Room with his friends making projects and working on his drawings. He enjoys coloring Pokemon and creating his own scenes. Mason always stays late to help clean the room at the end of the day. 

Mason

Triple Play MVP

Tyler M., age 8

When he is not in the learning center, Tyler is in the gym playing Triple Play games. He loves every game from tag to baseball, soccer to capture the flag. Tyler never takes the games too seriously, and to him, its all about the fun.

 

Tyler

STEM Superstar

Rhiannon P., age 11

When Coding is up on the daily schedule, Rhiannon makes sure staff keeps to it. She is a constant presence in the computer lab and has been working on developing her own tech skills.

 

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Anacortes Club Hosts Family Arts Night

The Anacortes Boys & Girls Club hosted its annual Family Arts Night this past January, celebrating the Club member’s love of art and their creativity in making projects. Families were treated to a fun evening full of art activities, an art gallery featuring Club member artwork, and the announcement of winners of the Anacortes Art Contest.

“This is always one of our favorite Family Nights,” said Club Director Taylor Bannister. “We cover the gym in artwork so the event feels like an actual art gallery. Our Club members are such amazing artists, so we love being able to display their artwork for their friends, family, and the community.”

“My art was in it,” said six-year old Taryn Maxwell. “My art was number 6! I had fun because I was with my momma.”

“I liked seeing everyone’s artwork and the food was yummy” said Austin Duchene.

Lined with artwork by its youth, the Club also took the opportunity to announce the winners of the annual Anacortes Art Contest. The contest is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Fine Arts Exhibit program in which Clubs throughout the country compete. The contest encourages youth to express themselves creatively while helping to develop their artistic talents. Rita James from the Anacortes Arts Festival was gracious enough to volunteer her time as a judge for the event, critiquing artwork based on their age, skill, and artistic sensibility expressed in the artwork.

Jordan Lundsten who won first place for her age group, said “It made me really happy. I’ve never won anything for my art before.”

Artwork from the contest winners is then submitted to the Boys & Girls Club regional competition in Santa Cruz, California, with the chance to move on from there to the National Competition.

“The whole contest was really fun because you could see a lot of different personalities in everyone’s art,” said Club member Gabby Olson.”I’m excited [for my artwork to be going to regionals] because I feel really proud of my art and it’s fun to show it off.”

The night finished with Club members and their families getting to make some artwork of their own. The Club helped to facilitate shaving cream painting and collage hands projects.

“These family nights are always so much fun because we get to share the fun with our families,” said Bannister. “They get the chance to make projects with their own kids. It’s great for us to show what the Club is about.”

The following are the list of winners from the Anacortes Art Contest:

6-9 Year Olds
1. Jordan Lundsten – “Figure with Sun & Waves”
2. Gabi Serrano – “The Color Explosion”
3. Jordan Fratianni – “Ummmm”

10-12 Year Olds
1. Soleil Rouleau – “Splat”
2. Ella Cervantes – “Dots”
3. Gabby Olson – “Sports

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Free STEM workshops for Teens in Burlington

Announcing Free STEM workshops for Teens at the Burlington Public Library

The Burlington Public Library and Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County have partnered to offer free programs every Monday for Teens 13yrs and up. Every 2nd & 4th Monday will feature STEM specific projects led by Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, Director of STEM Initiatives, John Garman. For more information, contact John Garman at jgarman@skagitclubs.org or the Library at 360-755-0760.

BPL Teen Mondays
Burlington Public Library (820 E. Washington Ave. Burlington)
Free activities for Teens ages 13 & up
First Mondays, 4-5:30pm
March 6: Escape Room
April 3: Get Poetic with Poetry Crafts
May 1: Duct Tape Crafts

Third Mondays, 4-5:30pm: Anime Club
2nd and 4th Mondays, 4-5pm: STEM
With Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, Director of STEM Initiatives, John Garman
February 27: DIY Rock Candy
March 13: Breaking the Tension (testing surface tension with Mentos and Coke)
March 27: 3D Design for printing
April 10: Dissecting the Tulip
April 24: App Lab (designing tablet apps)
May 8: Digital Photography Class
May 22: Building Challenge, Towers

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Youth of the Month – February 2017

Boy of the Month

Felix A. Age 10

Felix is a 5th grader and attends Madison Elementary. This is Felix’s fourth year at the club and he has made this place better just by being here. He is always willing to help, and was recently accepted to our Jr Staff program, which we will get to see more of his great potential.

Felix A.

Girl of the Month

Madilyn K. Age 7 

Madylin attends Centennial Elementary as a first grader. She has been attending the club for 2 years and during that time she has opened up to many of the other members and staff. Members and staff appreciate Madilyn’s smile because anytime she joins a program she is happy and ready to participate.

 

Madilyn K.

Homework All-Star

Daisy C. Age 10

Daisy is attending Centennial Elementary and is currently a fifth grader there. Daisy has  been a great role model for the other kids by attending Power Hour. When other members see that she is going to be doing homework she has encouraged others to do the same.

Daisy C.

 

Artist of the Month

Hailey S. Age 7

Hailey is a First grader attending Little Mountain Elementary and is currently in Second grade. As new member only starting out in September, she has really loved joining our Art Programs. She is always found in the art room creating some amazing things. Sometimes she goes around and shows the other staff what she has created and can’t wait to show her mom when she gets to the club to be picked up.

 

Hailey S.

Triple Play MVP  (Sportsmanship Award)

Adrian A. Age 9

Adrian is a third grader attending Madison Elementary. Adrian has attended the club since he was a kindergartener and this is his fourth year. As he has grown here, he has really seen the importance of good sportsmanship and is displaying it well to other members. He is begining to be a great role model for our other members.

Adrian A.

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Annual Campaign for GREAT Kids

Many of you had the pleasure of attending our Youth of the Year Dinner & our Dinner with Friends events, and were inspired by the personal stories told by our Youth of the Year program participants. Our Annual Campaign will continue up to our Annual Breakfast on March 15, where we will celebrate our work together. We humbly ask that you consider a contribution, and spread the word about the GREAT legacy of Clubs.

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