The Start of Something New

As the second year of my tenure as CEO/Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County begins, a realization came that it would be nice to  regularly share the journey we are taking as an organization. I’m so proud of what we are accomplishing that I often simply want to shout from the rooftops, but we are on ground level at our Administrative Offices, and are largely surrounded by bushes. It would not only be futile, one might question one’s own mental health in doing so.

March was a good month for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. Our annual Breakfast for GREAT Kids reached new records in funds raised toward operations of our four Clubhouses, and the following week, Mount Vernon’s Justice Lively was named the 2014 Washington State Youth of the Year. That’s a first for our Clubs, and something we are really enjoying the celebration of. 

As April begins, the excitement continues. On Saturday, April 4th, two vans of kids will be heading to Seattle to have an incredible experience.

As the Washington State Youth of the Year, Justice was invited, along with his military counterpart, to attend the match in style, pitch-side at private tables with their advisors. Since we’d be sending a van down anyway, we reached out to the Sounders FC to inquire about getting a few general admission seats so we could bring more youth. They responded with 8 tickets to a VIP Suite! Then, the following day we got a call from our friends in Thurston County who invited 11 more kids down to take part in the pre-game festivities with Sounders FC players. There are some major surprises in store for the 18 kids departing from Skagit County early in the afternoon tomorrow. 

It’s these type of opportunities and partnerships that really set our Clubs apart as leaders in the youth development field. 

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