Do 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or 360-419-3723 x8.
From the start of school through March, our three Washington Reading Corps members have been able to provide 159 sessions of mentoring, creative writing, journaling, and literacy focused activities for kids. We have also seen a tremendous increase in Club members participating in the homework and reading program from 75 members during the 2013-2014 school year to 164 members for the 2014-2015 school year. That is an increase of 90 Club members! In the words of Amanda Rana, one of our WRC members, “Success is more than just results, it is inspiration set into motion. Inspiration begins with confidence. As AmeriCorps members, we are charged with a vision to inspire the students to believe in themselves and equip them with skills needed to improve in reading. When students feel confident about their reading they keep reading on their own time. The more practice, the more progress. We have seen a dramatic boost in reading at the Club. The daily involvement that AmeriCorps members have in the lives of the children, gives students the confidence they need to keep reading at school and at home, and the skills they need to read well.”
The La Conner Learning Center was bustling this week with science experiments, board games and Power Hour. Club members also participated in an activity called Progressive Stories. In this activity, members first begin a sketch. After a short time, each sketch is passed to the next member to continue the picture with their own interpretation of what they see occurring. The pictures continue to travel around the group until the original owner has their drawing back, at which point the sketch is shared with the group.
Youth get a kick out of this activity because there is no telling how the sketches will change and morph. The end result is usually silly and creative and the progression of the changing ideas can be very surprising! Progressive Pictures helps Club members develop real world skills in their ability to adapt and appreciate others’ thoughts, while making positive additions of their own.
For more information on activities in the La Conner Learning Center, please contact Program Director Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email email@example.com.
This week in the gamesroom, a group of Club members developed a twist on the popular game Headbanz. Each member had to put on a plastic headband and put one Pokémon card in it without looking. One each player’s turn, that member would ask the others yes/no questions trying to determine the identity of the Pokémon they held. When the Pokémon is correctly guessed, the member takes a new card and continues. The scoring system was similar to the Pokémon Trading Card Game, where each player had 6 prizes, or points they could earn to win the game. After each successful guess of the card they held, a member could claim one of their prizes and move closer to victory.
This unique game helped reinforces skills such as: item description, auditory recall, question formation/response, and collaboration.
For more information about Pokémon Headbanz or any of our high-yield learning activities that promote Academic Success, please contact Education Coordinator Ellen Vaughan or Program Director Leah Vazquez at 360-466-3672.
The Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club welcomed their new Education Coordinator, Erik Pineda, this week. Youth and Teen Members have been receiving much needed help during Power Hour and have resumed participating in our High-Yield Learning Activities. The learning center at the Club has been filled to the brim every day and kids have stayed well past the hour mark during their tutoring sessions.
Thank you to Costco for contributing $3,300 to help fund education program, Power Hour at all four of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. Costco has been a supporter of BGCSC since 2003, generously donating to the Clubs, and to the Annual Breakfast Fundraiser.
Power Hour helps Club Members ages 6-18 develop academic, behavioral and social skills through homework completion, high-yield learning activities, and tutoring.
When Boys & Girls Clubs offer extended learning opportunities and educational enrichment programming during the non-school hours, like Power Hour, they help improve young people’s academic performance and encourage them to graduate from high school, pursue a post-secondary education and develop a lifelong love of learning. Homework completion is a critical component of young people’s academic success.
To learn more about Power Hour, visit www.skagitraisesgreatkids.org/powerhour.
The Anacortes Club is bursting at the seams! There is so much activity going on during Power Hour. Students come in to do their homework, read, or play an educational game. On October 25th we had our first Power Hour store, where students trade in points they’ve earned by participating in Power Hour and special Project Learn Clubs, for prizes.
Speaking of special Project Learn Clubs, students can choose to participate in Monday Music, Club Tech, Math Games, Lego Club, and/or Club Zoom to help earn extra points outside of Power Hour. In Monday Music, we are learning hands-on about sound and the way it is produced, having beginning piano lesson, or making simple musical instruments. Last week the Club’s Teen Intern, Hunter Durand, demonstrated guitar methods and played a riff that he had recently written. This week we created our own hand drums using old salt containers.
In Club Zoom we had fun with a Halloween theme for the month of October. We made two types of slime; one with gelatin that was pretty gross looking and the other with colored glitter glue that was bouncy. We also made shrunken heads out of apples that we carved faces in. After carving them, they were placed in salt to help with the shrinking process.
Project Learn activities happen at the Anacortes Club daily between 4:00 and 6:00pm.
The La Conner Learning Center is full of new and familiar faces. Power Hour is offered from 4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. to provide additional assistance to members who need need help completing their schoolwork. These extended hours also provide more high-yield learning activities that run in conjunction with Power Hour to reinforce math, reading, cognitive and critical thinking skills in our youth.
Our new extended Power Hour program runs Monday – Thursday from 4:00 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.
If you have any questions about Power Hour, Project Learn, or other programs that emphasize the Priority Outcome of Academic Success, please contact Education Coordinator, Alexia Roundtree at at (360)466-3672.
Power Hour at the Anacortes Club is in full swing already with many students coming in to do school work, read, or play games. We have restructured our room to make it more use-friendly – complete with two couches! New this year also is our upcoming reading assessment to help get a better understanding of each child that comes into the Power Hour room for help. We have many things planned this year to give opportunities for learning and growth in unconventional ways through playing games and using our expanded computer room.
We’ve also started our Club Zoom program which had its first meeting Friday, September 13th. Twelve students joined in the challenge to make a race car from found objects, thanks to Monica’s art room supply closets. While students feverishly painted their race cars, Club member Izabelle and Education Coordinator Becky Rice put their skills to work gluing wheels on axles as well as car seats and drivers in place. The race was on as students took their cars to the race track (downhill racing, of course) to see their creations in motion. Next week – a race to the moon!
Today at the La Conner Club, Members played Hedbandz in the Learning Center. This educational game instructs Members to play 20 questions in reverse. With the help of colorful picture cards, players take turns asking “yes” or “no” questions in order determine the object on the card atop their head. This fun game reinforces skills such as: item description, auditory recall, question formation/response, and collaboration.
Hedbandz is one of many high-yield learning activities that take place in the La Conner Learning Center every day from 3:00-6:00pm.