The Hazel Miller Foundation has awarded the Edmonds Club a grant for their Junior Staff Program. The Hazel Miller Foundation supports the Edmonds and South Snohomish County community through their generous grant program, and the Junior Staff Program will certainly benefit the Edmonds community this summer. Through Junior Staff, teens gain practical leadership, time management, and group facilitation skills while receiving support to make and achieve their own goals related to high school graduation, post-secondary education, and future employment. The Edmonds Club is thankful for the Hazel Miller Foundation’s investment in our teens.
A dedication ceremony will take place Wednesday, June 3 for the recently opened a Boys & Girls Club in Brewster, WA. The event will be at 3:00pm at 601 West Cliff Avenue in Brewster. The Club opened its doors on March 23 and has had an influx of members. Average daily attendance has been 70 members per day, with 128 registered Club members.
“Opening the Club in Brewster is such a positive addition to this community,” remarked April Ashworth, Brewster Club Unit Director. “We are so fortunate to have the backing and sponsors to bring this Club to our town. This is a great opportunity for our kids!”
The hallmark of Boys & Girls Clubs is to help young people ages 5-18 to achieve academic success, live healthy and active lifestyles, and develop good character and leadership skills. The Clubs offer kids a safe and positive place to spend their time before and after school and during the summer. The Brewster Club provides after-school enrichment programs from 2:50pm to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, and 11:00am to 6:00pm on non-school days and is closed weekends.
Jon Wyss, Government Affairs for Gebbers Farms, commented “After four years of hard work to bring a Boys & Girls Club to Brewster, and in the wake of the devastating Carlton Complex Fire, the opening of the Club gives a ray of sunshine and hope for recovery. The Club will provide kids throughout the area with a safe place to grow, play, and learn.”
The Club facilities include a gymnasium, multi-purpose room, and game center. Boys & Girls Club programs such as Power Hour, Triple Play, Torch Club, High Yield Learning Activities, and healthy snacks are available in the afternoons to all members. A variety of day camps will be offered this summer.
Having the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County in our community is a tremendous asset that’s been a long time coming,” expressed City of Brewster Public Works Director, Lee Webster. “I am very excited for our youth. Having them active in a positive, healthy, nurturing environment is the whole reason that building was built.”
Join the Brewster community and the kids who will benefit from this Club to mark this momentous occasion.
A dedication ceremony will take place Friday, June 5 at the new building which will host the Sultan Boys & Girls Club. The event will be at 11:00am at 605B First Street in Sultan. Destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve 2010, the new 6,000 sq. ft. building offers a classroom; a Technology Center; a Teen Center; a games room; and the Community ECEAP Preschool (Early Childhood Education Assistance Program), a preschool operated by the Volunteers of America Western Washington (VOAWW). A second phase of construction later this year will include a 7,000 sq. ft gym. The new facility, located on VOAWW land in Sultan, was built through a partnership between the City of Sultan, Volunteers of America, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC), and with funding support from the State of Washington and Snohomish County.
“The Sultan staff couldn’t be more excited about the opening of the new Club,” expressed Sultan Club Site Director, Cherise Crawford. “A lot of our members have never had anything brand new. The kids need a place they can call their own; a safe place where they can be a kid yet still have guidance and age appropriate programs available to help them become responsible, caring citizens of this great community.”
The Club will continue to provide recreational, social, and educational programs to school age youth ages 5-18 before and after school, and during scheduled school breaks, including the summer. The new facility will allow the Sultan Club to provide a broader range of educational and enriching programs for youth and will include an up-to-date Technology Center and Teen Center. A community room and gym (in 2016) will be available for use by community groups, including athletic teams, when the Club is not open. In the Community ECAEP Preschool, VOAWW currently serves 30 children (15 in the morning and 15 in the afternoon). The new facility will have the capacity to serve 40 children (20 in the morning and 20 in the afternoon).
“The community is very excited this is finally happening; the opportunities this program offers our children are invaluable,” commented Sultan’s Mayor, Carolyn Eslick.
New activities as a result of this expansion will include a dedicated space for teens that will be used daily for teen-specific programming as well as informal teen-only socializing. Also, the Technology Center will provide computers for youth to use to complete their homework, for recreation, and to participate in Boys & Girls Clubs of America digital literacy programs. The new expanded facility will allow the Club to serve more youth per day while also increasing the amount of programs offered daily, increasing the reach of the Club, and the impact on youth.
“We couldn’t be happier to have a brand new Boys & Girls Club in downtown Sultan,” commented Sultan School District Superintendent, Dan Chaplik. “This Club will be a benefit to the students, school district and parents in our community. We’ve always had great relationships with the Boys & Girls Club and they do so many wonderful things on behalf of youth, it’s great to have that partnership and we’re excited.”
Join the Sultan community and the kids who will benefit from this new building Friday, June 5 at 11:00am to commemorate this joyous occasion.
The Safeco Insurance Foundation awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County with a $15,000 grant to support our Kids Café program. Kids Café is our snack and meal program through which we provide healthy snacks after school as well as breakfast and dinner in our Clubs serving high needs communities. Kids Café nourishes kids’ bodies so they have the energy to allow them to participate in fun academic, recreational, and social programs. Thank you Safeco Insurance for helping set the foundation for kids to reach their full potential.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County is pleased to announce a new partnership with Coastal Community Bank. Coastal has chosen to be the premier sponsor the Youth of the Year program for Clubs under the BGCSC umbrella. The year-long program culminates with a dinner honoring Youth of the Year attended by our Board and key community members.
Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.
Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is recognized by the President of the United States.
For more information about Youth of the Year or to view last year’s candidates, click here.