Our Prayers are with Marysville

The entire Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County family is deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred Friday in Marysville, Washington. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students and families of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, and the members of the Tulalip Tribes, at this most difficult time.

Child protection and safety is the number one priority of all Boys & Girls Clubs. Every precaution is taken to make the Club environment safe and secure, while the Club experience is designed to instill good character and self-esteem in every member. Several of the young people who died or were injured in the school shooting were members of their local Club.

There is no rational explanation for such violent and destructive behavior on the part of an individual who takes his or her own life, and the lives of others. Through adult mentoring, and programs that emphasize conflict resolution and personal resilience, Clubs seek to prevent suicide, bullying, and all forms of violence. However, this tragedy reminds us that every young life is vulnerable and precious, and that the relationships we have with the young people in our lives are critically important as they grow and mature through the often turbulent and challenging teen years.

At the Tulalip Boys & Girls Club, adult leaders are providing counseling and support in the wake of this tragedy, and will continue their longstanding commitment to help all young people in the Tulalip and Marysville communities to realize their full potential as caring, healthy and productive future citizens and leaders.

Sultan Club Groundbreaking

Sultan-Groundbreaking-Shovel-in-soil_ltThe groundbreaking for a new club in Sultan took place
Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve 2010, the new 13,500 sq. ft. building will offer a classroom; gymnasium; 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). The new facility, located on VOAWW land in Sultan, is being 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.

Read the full press release here..
Read the Everett Herald’s article here.

BGCSC takes part in Macy’s Thanks for Sharing Campaign

Macy’s cardholders nationwide took part in the annual Thanks For Sharing event in September. Scheduled to run through December, the campaign was so successful that it met its goal of raising $15 million for charities by September 30!

Macy’s is donating $10 out of each $25 enrollment fee, up to a total of $15 million, to charities. The first $3 million raised will benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement. The balance, up to an additional $12 million, will be donated to Make-A-Wish®, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, The RESPECT! Campaign™, an initiative of Futures Without Violence® as well as local chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs.

We will receive a report in January detailing the amount to be gifted to BGCSC. Macy’s Thanks for Sharing has raised over $115 million for charitable causes since 2002. Thank you Macy’s and local BGCSC supporters who participated in the program.

BGCSC Receives Community Stewardship Award

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick presents the Community Stewardship Award to BGCSC.

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick presents the Community Stewardship Award to BGCSC.

The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe opened Thursday, August 21, 2014 with a generous gift to the Boys & Girls Clubs. Republic Services, a longtime sponsor of the fair, recognized the Mukilteo and Arlington clubs through its annual Community Stewardship Award. A total of $30,000 was awarded to the Mukilteo Club; $20,000 was also awarded to the Arlington Club. For more details on this gift, click here.

During the Wednesday, August 20th Snohomish County Council Meeting, Snohomish County Council Joint Resolution No. 14-013 was issued and presented to BGCSC, declaring the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County as a Community Steward in enabling all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. To read the complete resolution, click here.

The Snohomish County Council with BGCSC Executive Director Bill Tsoukalas (far left) and members of various BGCSC clubs.

The Snohomish County Council with BGCSC Executive Director Bill Tsoukalas (far left) and members of various BGCSC clubs.

Great Futures Campaign: When School’s Out, Clubs Are In

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The Boys & Girls Clubs Snohomish County has announced the launch of the Great Futures Campaign to mobilize the community in support of kids and empower today’s youth to achieve great futures. The local Club is joining Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide to redefine the opportunity equation for kids by elevating the critical role out-of-school time plays in a child’s development. Through the Great Futures Campaign, the organization seeks to ensure that every child and teen has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the path for success.

Every day, 15 million kids nationwide (1 out of 3) leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. During the summer, an alarming 43 million (3 out of 4) kids in America lack access to summer learning programs2, increasing their risk of learning loss and putting them at a disadvantage before the school year starts. The way a child spends their time after school and during the summer can significantly impact the path they take.

“When the nation prepares to go back to school this fall, the Boys & Girls Clubs Snohomish County wants to ensure out-of-school is part of the conversation. Our staff and Board are taking a leadership role with the Great Futures Campaign to elevate the impact of out-of-school time, a critical, yet often overlooked, part of their day,” said Joe Gaffney, Board President. “When school is out, no child should go unsafe or unguided. Through the Campaign, we are advocating on behalf of kids and convening public, private and nonprofit partners around our goal of ensuring all kids have access to a safe, engaging and productive place to go between school and home.”

A response to the crises facing America’s kids, the campaign is focused on reversing the most negative trends facing youth and the country:

  • Today’s generation is estimated to be worse off than their parents, the first in America’s history
  • Our nation’s graduation rate ranks 22nd among 28 countries
  • Three out of 10 kids are obese or overweight
  • One in 5 American kids live in poverty

Nationally, the issues have economic implications, costing as much as $209 billion in lost taxes and higher government expenditures over the lifetimes of those who fail to graduate. Healthcare costs to treat health issues related to childhood obesity are $14.1 billion annually,and states spend an average of $7.1 million a day locking youth up in juvenile justice facilities.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County has been serving the community with afterschool and summer programs for 68 years. During that time, we’ve seen the positive impact that occurs when young people have access to a safe place with caring adult mentors and enriching programs during out-of-school time,” said Bill Tsoukalas, Executive Director. “We want today’s generation to be successful in school and in adulthood, to be healthy and active, and to develop strong character skills they need to become future leaders for our country.”

Boys & Girls Clubs reach kids most in need with outcome-driven programs designed to increase their performance in the areas of education, health and character development. Research shows that when kids attend the Club more frequently, the impact grows, so Clubs create a fun and engaging environment that keeps kids coming back. Goals for the Campaign include:

  • Increase membership and access to Clubs for kids who need a safe place to go after school and during the summer
  • Ensure successful transitions to middle and high school, and foster college- or career-readiness with 21st century skills
  • Motivate kids to be healthy through nutrition and health education, more access to healthy foods, avoidance of risky behaviors and a lifelong commitment to fitness, sports and exercise
  • Engage youth in taking action in their community, promote resilience, build character strength, and develop the next generation of America’s leaders

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County is asking the public to help the organization reach more kids and put them on the path to a great future.