Passport to Manhood

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 ksullivan@skagitclubs.org, or 360-419-3723 x8.

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Passport to Manhood is in full swing at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club

Passport to ManhoodPassport to Manhood is one of the Club’s Targeted Programs under the category of Live: Healthy Lifestyles. Each week the Club’s “Wise Guys” in grades 4th-6th meet to discuss a variety of important topics. This past week Club members discussed good and bad authority and how to react to authority in appropriate ways. According to members, bad authority included some historical and global figures including Hitler and ISIS and some positive examples were law enforcement, teachers, and even parents and staff.
 
Over the past several weeks Club boys also discussed: “What makes a good role model and how can we be good role models?” “What makes a good father?” and “How to build a good relationship with your dad.” Led by Club Staff member and 2013 Youth of the Year Bobby Castro, our Passport to Manhood program meets every Wednesday and will continue through the month of May, wrapping up with the end of the school year.

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Teens Visit Thrive Fitness

SMART Girls and Wise Guys with our Personal Trainers

SMART Girls and Wise Guys with our Personal Trainers

logoOn Thursday, March 27th the Anacortes Club took its SMART Girls and Wise Guys (Passport to Manhood) teens to Thrive Community Fitness for an hour long session with Personal Trainers Christopher Harris and Sylvia Yang. Christopher and Sylvia spoke with the teens about the importance of exercise and nutrition before giving them a tour of the gym and explaning how different machines worked. At the end of the tour the teens got active with some fun excercise activities and a group game. Teens ended their session with a smoothie from the gyms smoothie bar before heading back to the Club. Thank you to Sylvia and Christoper for their time and energy as well as Thrive Community Fitness for their support. 

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Pump Jack Time in MV

MV Members keep a journal of their progress in the program.

MV Members keep a journal of their progress in the program.

The Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club holds Passport to Manhood sessions every Friday from 4:30-5 p.m. During these sessions, Members learn about some hard topics in regards to healthy attitudes and lifestyles such as media influence on body image, eating disorders, and friendship responsibility, physical and emotional changes.

While talking about these topics, Members get to participate in a unique wood working project. This week the Members were hammering out the first state of their Pump Jacks which was to create the design. 

We would like to thank Eugene Benson from the Mt. Vernon Woodworker’s Guild for donating the handmade Pump Jack Kits. 

 

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MV Passport to Manhood

Passport to Manhood

2013 Passport to Manhood Members participating in the Anacortes Milk Carton Derby.

Passport to Manhood has started at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club with 13 male Members participating in the program. The boys learned about the topics that they will cover and the unique opportunity they will participate in with the Mount Vernon Woodworker’s Guild.

Passport to Manhood teaches responsibility, reinforces positive behavior and develops character in adolescent males. ages 11-14.

It’s not too late to sign your son up for the program! Please email our Program Director Sarah Levy at sarahl@bgcskagit.org or stop by the Club to sign your son into the Program.

 

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Boat Building for Boys

Club Members learning how to use power tools responsibly.

Club Members learning how to use power tools responsibly.

Mount Vernon Club’s Passport to Manhood began the epic venture of building a boat out of milk jugs to race in the Anacortes Waterfront Festival Milk Carton Derby on June 2nd. Volunteers Steve Schaefer and Beau Loughlin donated their materials and time to help the boat take shape. Members of Passport to Manhood will be working hard over the next few weeks, learning many skills including teamwork, planning, building, and physics, to build a boat that they hope will win the race.

Passport to Manhood takes place every Friday from 5:00pm – 5:30pm.

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Passport to Manhood Night Out

The Sedro-Woolley Passport to Manhood Program.

Members of the Sedro-Woolley Passport to Manhood program.

Sedro-Woolley’s Passport to Manhood participants celebrate their hard work with a night out. The boys started their evening with making their own pizzas with Health & Life Skills Coordinator Shane Collins and then jumped into a team building exercise where the boys took the opportunity to write a compliment on each others’ backs. This allowed everyone to give and receive compliments, encouragement, and open up communication for the flag football match as the highlight of the evening.

Football seems to be that one special activity that pulls these young men together and explore the intricacies of  launching into their teenage years successfully. Members of Passport to Manhood are high-energy and very excited to start some community service; they are well on their way to earning their passports to manhood. 

If you’re interested in being a part of the Passport to Manhood Program in Sedro-Woolley please contact the Club at (360) 856-1830 or johng@bgcskagit.org

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Kicking Off Passport to Manhood

MV “The Boys Club”

The Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club is excited to announce it has begun a program for boys ages 8-12 called The Boys Club (or otherwise referred to as Passport to Manhood). The Boys Club addresses critical issues that young men face such as ethics, decision making, wellness, employment and careers, cooperation and conflict, diversity, relationships and self-esteem all while having fun! We look forward to the great things this group will do!

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Teen Center celebrates first Christmas

With the Holiday Season upon us and Winter Break coming up quickly the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center decided it was time for some baking and decorating! Our amazing volunteer Sylvia Matterand joined us for two days holiday decorations and activities. While members waited for their turns to create some wonderful confectionaries, they decorated their Christmas Tree with homemade, salt-dough ornaments that they designed and painted themselves. Members also made their own wrapping paper and decorated boxes to put under the tree.

Christmas wasn’t the only Holiday our Teens were thinking about these past few weeks though. The Goodfellas group learned about the meaning behind Chanukah and what the eight candles of the Menorah represent. In Healthy Habits Members discussed their New Year’s Resolutions, which include getting faster and stronger, acquiring a job, and winning a Nobel Prize. In Youth for Unity, Members learned about the origins of Kwanzaa and it’s seven principles as well as how Christmas is celebrated in Japan.

Even though we are only open for three weeks of December the Sedro-Woolley Teens have been busy getting as much Boys & Girls Club fun in before Winter Break rolls around and they have to go two weeks without the Teen Center. How will they survive? Hopefully the presents and lack of school will help! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center!

To view photos from the Teen’s holiday activities click here.

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SW SMART Gals & Goodfellas exchange Q&A’s

Goodfellas group at the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center!

Sedro-Woolley Teen Center members wanted to uncover the mysteries and secrets of the opposite gender and what better way to do that than ask questions? The SMART gals groups came up with a list of questions for the boys, aka “The Goodfellas”. The guys then answered those questions with honesty and sincerity. The Goodfellas also came up with their own questions for the girls! The guys are currently eagerly awaiting the girls reply.

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