Career Launch

Calling all Volunteers

Back2SchoolVolunteer_webslideDo you have a passion for helping? Do you love to cook? Maybe you really love sharing your interest in photography. Or you would love to help design a youth community service project. If you have a passion for youth, a passion for serving your community, and interest in helping to teach others, we need you! With the return to school, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County are calling all volunteers to come & help make our Club programs great. Open after-school Monday-Friday, from 2:45pm- 6:00pm, our Clubs serve youth ages 6-18. All programs run for 30-60 min, and fall under Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character & Citizenship. We would love to include you! Contact Katelynn Sullivan at, or 360-419-3723 x8.

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SW Teen Center Garage Sale

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Help support the Sedro-Woolley Club Teens at the garage sale

On April 4th and 5th the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center will be having a garage sale to benefit The Club. We will be accepting item donations for the garage sale until then. So, as you go about your spring cleaning and come across items that you no longer need but could still be used, keep The Club in mind.

Please drop your items off at the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center, located next to the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club at 915 McGarigle Rd. in Sedro-Woolley.

Suggested items  include: clothes, books, records, small furniture, small appliances, or toys. If you have other items you would like to donate or have questions please contact Patrick Dougher or Sundarah Hammontree at (360) 856-1830.

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SW Teens Play Career Hedbanz

Dylan, Shaely, and Ryan try to guess the jobs written on their forehead

Club Members, Dylan, Shaely, and Ryan try to guess the jobs written on their forehead.

For the Career Launch Program, Teens played a special job-themed version of the social game, Hedbanz. Each Teen got an index card with a career written on it randomly assigned to them. Some of the careers were on the silly or unique (like clown or shrimp boat captain) while others were more traditional (doctor, lawyer, or marine biologist). 

Participants then taped the index card careers to their foreheads without looking what was written on them. They asked questions and were given hints about what might be the career attached to their head.

This challenged the Teens to really think about what a police officer or architect might do on a day to day basis, allowing Teens to learn about different occupations while having fun.

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SW Teens Job Hunt

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Teens in Sedro-Woolley spent time analyzing job postings as part of the Career Launch program. They utilized the website to explore career opportunities that sounded interesting to them. They were able to easily search for a variety of jobs both locally and nationally.

Some of the more interesting job postings they found included: pastry chef, software engineer, food/product demonstrator, visual designer, game designer and news camera operator. Teens enjoyed job hunting and discussing all the different opportunities open to them. They were also able to see what sort of skills are required for all these different career paths. 

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SMART Girls Career Fair

Sedro-Woolley SMART Girls explore nursing

Sedro-Woolley SMART Girls explore nursing.

Monday, May 13th marked the first SMART Girls Career Fair for the Sedro-Woolley SMART Girls group. Members were visited by local nurse and Club parent Tess Halverson to inform the kids about the field of health care and engage them in some of the basics of nursing. The girls were also able to quiz a Digital Arts Designer. Kelsey from the Bellingham Herald was able to illustrate an application of arts to a career. Local teacher and Club volunteer Renee Buchanan spoke to the girls about the importance of finding something that you love to do everyday when choosing your career path. The girls very astutely pointed out that each of the guest speakers at the event is a product of local education: Skagit Valley College’s School of Nursing, Western Washington University’s Digital Communications Program, and Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education. 

By giving Sedro-Woolley SMART Girls the ability to interview and interact with these individuals, we were able to open there eyes to many possibilities for their futures. The girls completed a best-fit worksheet that helped them lay out a possible career path and began asking questions about what kind of schooling would be required to enter those occupations.

If you have any questions about the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club SMART Girls Program, please contact Unit Director John Garman at (360) 856-1830 or email

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Teens hold Career Fair

Saddie with Sedro-Woolley fire fighters

Teen Members learn about occupations including fire fighter.

On Wednesday, April 10 the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center held a Career Fair. Five professionals from the community came into the Teen Center and educated members and guests about their respective careers. It was an exciting and informative afternoon for teens as they learned about careers in law enforcement, emergency services, nature preservation, and archaeology  Speakers from the Police Department brought S.W.A.T. gear and the Fire Department had their firefighting gear so they could demonstrate how it all works. Archaeologist Garth brought some obsidian and other specimens of rock while Barbara from the National Park Service brought information all about local parks and the different job opportunities available at the Park Service.

The Teen Center would like to thank Braxton Kittrell and Toby David from the Sedro-Woolley Fire Department, Sgt. Dan McIlraith from the Sedro-Woolley Police Department, Barbara Johnson from North Cascades National Park, and archaeologist Garth Baldwin of Tierra Right of Way for all taking the time to come and teach our Teens about career opportunities in our community. 

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Career Launch: Mission Statements

Career Launch participants put themselves in business owners' shoes.

Career Launch participants put themselves in business owners’ shoes.

During Career Launch at the Sedro-Woolly Club, Teens were asked to write a mission statement for fictional companies. Activities like this allow members to think beyond just the sort of job they want – they allow Members to picture themselves already doing that job. Even better, it encourages them to imagine being their own boss. By creating a mission statement, they get to decide what would be most important to their  business. Here are some examples of their mission statements: “Bliss Engineering will strive to make the best building you can create for the cheapest price,” and “Moore Acrobatics wants to give you the most amazing show on Earth. We are happy to present you with the cultural wonders of the world before your very eyes in the comfort of your home.”

Career Launch happens on Tuesdays at 4:00 PM. It is run by Colton Staker, Teen Center Program Assistant. 

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Spring Teen Leaders & Jr. Staff

Jr. Staff learning about ethics and morals in the workplace to show their good character and citizenship.

Jr. Staff learning how ethics and morals in the workplace reflect good character and citizenship.

Our Members have shown great character and leadership during the past two weeks of training. They are now ready to gain more responsibilities and assume a greater leadership role in our Club, demonstrating that Skagit Raises Great Kids. Much like our Program Staff, Jr. Staff & Teens Leaders are given a bi-weekly work schedule explaining their duties and responsibilities. 

Congratulations to the following Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club Members in becoming our Spring Quarter Teen Leaders and Jr. Staff:

Teen Leaders – Tyler, Justice, Teasa and Makella.

Jr. Staff: – Ole, Keith, Brianna, Shea, Gissell, Tanna, Miriam, Jon and Maria.

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Teens go to NW Career and Tech Academy

Teens learning about Medical Technology

Teens learning about Medical Technology

Sedro-Woolley teens took a field trip to attend the open house of the Northwest Career and Technical Academy on Thursday the 7th as part of the Career Launch program. The field trip was part of the programs goal of ensuring that all our teens are aware of local opportunities for post secondary education and career options. At the open house teens listened to an informative speech about what courses the school offered and then got the chance to explore and get more information about the classes that interest them. The Digipen (video game design) and Culinary programs were by far the most popular though teens also learned about Medical and Veterinary Technician courses.

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Career Launch Session II

Teens engaging each other about leadership and success.

Teens engaging each other about leadership and success.

Career Launch has taken off again at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club for its second session this year. Teen Members will learn about goals, career setting, cover letters, resume writing, job applications, w-2’s, interview training and more. After this three week program, Teens get to apply for an internship position as a Teen Lead! Their application process will encompass what they have learned and will be scored by community members who will interview the Teens during a panel interview.

Career Launch takes places on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 3:00pm – 3:30pm.


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