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.


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.



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.



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.



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. 


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.



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.  



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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.


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.



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.



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.



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. 


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.



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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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 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 – January 2017

Boy of the Month

Luka D., age 6

Luka joined the Club this past summer and attends Mt. Erie Elementary. He has been a welcome addition to the Club in his first year with high attendance, high participation in programs, and always having a positive attitude. Luka’s favorite game is bumper pool which he is much better than staff at.


Girl of the Month

Brianna F., age 8

Brianna attends Fidalgo Elementary and has been a Club member since February 2016. She enjoys her time at the Club working in the art room and playing games with her friends. Brianna is great at listening to staff and always including others.



Teen of the Month

Kara G.., age 16

Kara is a daily presence in the Teen Center where she works on her homework, plays cards, or helps with Keystone Club. Kara attends Anacortes High and has been a Club member since 2016.



Homework All-Star

Madison J., age 9

Ada goes to Power Hour everyday but she also brings her friends to the learning center too. She is great at keeping on task with her homework but also making it fun and lighthearted.



Artist of the Month

Alaea C., age 11

Alaea has been extremely helpful for our Art Room Coordinator this past month. She has been helping with cleaning, younger members, and some bigger projects. Alaea has also spent lots of time making her own unique artwork. 


Triple Play MVP

Joshua F., age 10

Joshua had the highest Triple Play attendance of any Club member this past month. He was also a key member of the Dodgeball League Champions, DFC Barcelona, making some great plays to help them win it all.



STEM Superstar

Abby L., age 11

Whenever it is time for coding or computer lab time, Abby is always the first one to get there. She enjoys the challenges that come with STEM activities as well as working with staff to get things done.



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Volunteer for Clubs Inspires Youth with the Art of Photography

Richard Raymond started volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County in early October this year. With the expansion of the Clubs into the Mount Baker & LaVenture middle schools, volunteer help is greatly appreciated and adds to the richness of the Club experience. Richard immediately began teaching photography at the Mount Baker Club. Fortunately, the Clubs had already purchased camera equipment through a grant from Best Buy. Because camera’s are Nikon DSLRs, it gives the members quite a range of control over their photos. Club members start out by learning the very basic workings of the cameras, then work on composition and choosing subject matter. 

Mentored by well-known photographer, Lee Mann, Richard loves to share about his own experience of practicing photography out in nature. He reminisced about a day on the middle fork, Nooksack river, where he spotted an eagle on a low crag. He was able to sneak up fairly close, but eventually the great bird took flight. “When an eagle takes off to fly they drop at first because they are so large. The force of the wind from it’s wings took my hat off.” That was a great shot, but, he pointed out that if his wife, who was watching from afar, would have had a camera, she would have had the better photo. He then bought his wife a camera and now they enjoy the sport together. 

Richard was recently awarded “Rookie Volunteer of the Year” at a Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County awards event. “I think he was so surprised by the award, but it is very well deserved,” says Tammy Findlay, the Club’s Director of Marketing & Stewardship. “I’m so impressed with how Richard leads youth. This program gives them a great sense of accomplishment. Club members are taking pride in their work, and striving to improve and learn. They are engaged and eager. Richard’s passion for photography is inspiring.”

Richard just finished up a class at the Mount Baker Club and is now teaching a new group at the LaVenture Club which will run for 8 weeks. Then he will be back at Mount Baker for an Advanced Photography session with 5 Club members from the original class. They will cover the inner workings of the camera more in-depth, and advanced settings, as well as new photography techniques.

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Draper Valley Farms continues Healthy Lifestyles support for Clubs

As part of its commitment to enrich the lives of children in the community, Draper Valley Farms has awarded a $7,500 grant to help Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County provide at-risk children a foundation for achieving healthy lifestyles.

Through its Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the Draper Valley grant will fund the Boys & Girls Clubs programs, with special focus on Healthy Lifestyles. The Healthy Lifestyles initiative — one of three Priority Outcomes at the Club — engages youth in constructive learning activities that stress the importance of healthy eating, maintaining a balanced diet, practicing self-control when making food choices and decisions, and the importance of pursuing and maintaining habits that are constructive. The other Priority Outcomes programs focus on academic success and good character and citizenship.

“As we are serving at capacity (averaging more than 100 children per day), we see an incredible demand in Mount Vernon for positive, structured programming after-school and during the summer, and we deliver the best programs, with incredible results,” said Angela Freeberg, area director in Mount Vernon. “Partnering with Draper Valley, and our other community supporters, we are able to bring that impact to the kids who need us.”

“For many years, the Boys and Girls Club of Skagit County has been a strong educational and community partner in Mount Vernon and throughout the county,” said Mark Knight, Draper Valley Farms’ director of operations. “We are committed to making a difference in the community through partnerships like this, and proud to continue our support so that area children, including those of some of our own associates, learn the value of a healthy lifestyle.”

As Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Ron McHenry explains, “With the support of Draper Valley Farms, there is a great opportunity to continue teaching our youth about what goes into their food, what is involved in local farming, and what impact a great local business is able to have on the community. Going beyond the short chats about eating a balanced diet, this type of support from Draper Valley enables us to talk forcefully about why our priority outcomes programs matter in the lives of our youth, and in our community.

Healthy Lifestyles ultimately deals with choices and commitments, and what those choices can help the program accomplish. “When we ask our kids what it means to commit to health, they come to understand that the question is much more than just a discussion of food. As we center each of our Club activities to be fun and engaging, but also formative, in terms of their character, skills, and appreciation of the world around them, we establish the focus on how all three outcomes are united, and can lead to incredible results.”

Operating after-school each day, all six Clubs located in Anacortes, La Conner, Mount Vernon, and Sedro Woolley, are seeing incredible numbers since the start of the school year, according to McHenry. 

“The support from Draper Valley Farms is a great example of how the partnership between local businesses and the Clubs serve the youth, create the opportunity for collaboration, and enable much greater discussion about the different jobs, skills, and demands there are throughout the community.”

About the Boys and Girls Clubs of Skagit County

At the Boys and Girls Clubs of Skagit County, our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Our core belief is that each of our four clubs provides our members a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs, character development experiences, and hope and opportunity. The Clubs serve more than 1,600 youth at facilities in Anacortes, La Conner, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley. To learn more about the Boys and Girls Clubs, visit

About Draper Valley Farms

Draper Valley Farms has been a Northwest tradition since 1935, and today we remain singularly focused on providing carefully raised, fresh, local chicken to the Northwest. Our brands include DRAPER VALLEY FARMS® organic chicken, RANGER® free-range chicken and DRAPER VALLEY FARMS® no-antibiotics-ever chicken. With farms in Washington and Oregon, a feed mill in Washington and our processing plant in Mount Vernon, Washington, our chicken is raised, locally processed and locally available. To learn more, visit

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Youth of the Month – December 2016

Boy of the Month

Wyatt W., age 9

Wyatt attends Mt. Erie Elementary and has been a member since 2013. He has strived to earn Youth of the Month for quite some time and we are honored to award it to him because of his improvements in sportsmanship and character development. Wyatt spends his time participating in Triple Play, Healthy Habits, and gamesroom tournaments. 


Girl of the Month

Dakota G., age 7

A Club member since 2013, Dakota attends Fidalgo Elementary and is a daily presence at the Club. She enjoys reading in the learning center and making different crafts in the art room. Dakota always treats other Club members with respect and is eager to help staff when needed.



Teen of the Month

Orion S., age 15

Orion attends Anacortes High and has been a Club member since 2013. Its enough that he is eager to help, but Orion is always eager to help. He helps around the teen center without being asked, which is a wonderful example of his character.



Homework All-Star

Marley B., age 9

Its one thing to enjoy getting your homework done at the Club, but Marley really enjoys getting her getting her work done. She always is one of the first members in the Power Hour room and has fun working with her peers. Marley was able to buy a bunch of prizes from at the Power Hour Store this month with all the points she has earned.




Triple Play MVP

Jordan F., age 8

Jordan went to Triple Play activities more than any other member this month! Her favorite games are Proball and Four Square. She has also made it to all of the Dodgeball teams games this past season.



STEM Superstar

Dylan G., age 11

Dylan has spend more time in coding and STEM activities than any other Club member. He has gotten quite good at building his own video games and has been able to develop some fairly handy skills through the program.



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Youth of the Month – November 2016

Boy of the Month

Travis F., age 9

Travis has been a member of the Club since 2013 and attends Island View Elementary. He was able to become a Jr. Staff this school year and has been diligent in helping around the Club. Travis participates in other programs as well such as Power Hour, Triple Play, and more.


Girl of the Month

Rhiannon P., age 11

Rhiannon attends Island View Elementary and is a regular attendee at the Club. Though only joining the Club this past summer, Rhiannon has quickly made an impact as a respectful and energetic member. She participates in Torch Club, Healthy Habits, Dodgeball League and more. 



Teen of the Month

Lauren S., age 15

Lauren attends Anacortes High School and is a daily presence in the teen center. Though only joining the Club recently, she has made herself standout though her eagerness to help around the Club, especially during the Harvest Festival. 



Homework All-Star

Madison J., age 9

Madison has attended Power Hour more than any other Club member this past month. She always makes sure to do her homework and even after that, Madison sticks around to read or play games. Her favorite game is Spot It! which she’s crazy good at!



Artist of the Month

Hannah S., age 11

Hannah is a constant and joyful presence in the Art Room where she enjoys running her own store and making all sorts of crafts. She is eager to help staff when needed and always shares supplies with other members. 


Triple Play MVP

Loden W., age 7

Even at his young age, Loden is a model presence for Triple Play activities with his positive sportsmanship and enthusiasm for gym games. Loden enjoys playing in the Dodgeball League and his team, the Doggers, are currently in 2nd place!



STEM Superstar

Emily A., age 11

Emily has always been actively engaged in STEM activities while at the Club, but even more so this past month. She spends lots of time working on coding and was even able to use the 3D printer to bring her own designs to life!



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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. 



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!



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. 


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.



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