Dedication Ceremony to Celebrate New Boys & Girls Club in Inchelium, WA

A dedication ceremony will take place Monday, June 15 for the latest Boys & Girls Club in Washington State formed under the umbrella of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish based in Everett, WA. The new Club recently opened in Inchelium, WA on the Colville Reservation in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. The ceremony begins at 6:00pm at 9 Hornet Lane in the Colville – Inchelium Community Center. The Club opened its doors on May 14 and has averaged over 40 kids per day. Led by Club Director Pamela Phillips, the Boys & Girls Club plans to build a strong volunteer base to help with the kids and programming.

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. The Inchelium Club provides after-school enrichment programs from 9:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, with various field trips and community activities occurring on Saturdays.

“Having the Boys & Girls Club come to the Inchelium Community is a vision coming to light for our youth. For many years we have searched for programs to increase the likelihoods of success for youth. The opportunities the Boys & Girls Club provides to the youth [were] imaginary,” explained Pamela Phillips, Unit Director of the Inchelium Boys & Girls Club. “To be at the initial stages of forming the Club is very exciting and challenging. We hope our Club will create an environment where youth can have fun, be creative, inventive, successful, and feel safe. I am thrilled and honored to be part of this Club that will hopefully provide our children with ventures to become exceptional citizens.”

The Club community center facilities include a gymnasium, game room, computer lab and multi-purpose room. Club members participate in a variety of after-school activities, including board games, arts & crafts, outside games and activities, scooter board, basketball and a variety of table games including pool, ping-pong and air hockey.

“We’re excited about bringing the Boys & Girls Club to the Inchelium community in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation,” expressed Bill Tsoukalas, Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County Executive Director. “This will be the second Native American Boys & Girls Club in Washington State and will be joining a family of over 175 tribal Boys & Girls Clubs in the country.”

Join the Inchelium community and the kids who will benefit from this Club to mark the occasion.

Dedication Ceremony to Celebrate Official Opening of Brewster Boys & Girls Club

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.

 

Dedication Ceremony to Celebrate New Sultan Boys & Girls Club

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.

Coastal Community Bank to Partner with BGCSC

Coastal-Community-BankBoys & 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.

Annual ZumbaThon Fundraiser

Saturday February 22, 2014 – Saturday February 22, 2014

261 Sky River Parkway

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Come to the 3rd Annual Zumbathon and get your grove on!

There will be a raffle with great prizes and great music! The fun starts at 6:00 pm! Suggested donations: $10
Location: Monroe Boys & Girls Club @ 6:00-7:30pm

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