Congratulations to Spencer Graham, Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County’s Youth of the Year

Spencer Graham Selected from several local outstanding youth, Spencer Graham will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Washington State Youth of the Year title and a the opportunity to receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. As the new Youth of the Year, 18 year old Spencer is an extraordinary young man recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are terrific  examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

 “Spencer Graham has overcome several challenges in his life and is a leader who strives to help others. At the Alderwood Boys & Girls Club he is the Keystone Club president (teenage leadership service group) and positively impacts both kids and adults lives.” said Mike Neumeister, Area Director and Unit Director Alderwood Boys & Girls Club.

Spencer has a great character and a lot of potential. He has the confidence of someone who makes positive choices. Spencer lives with his mother while balancing school work, swimming for the Meadowdale High School Swim Team, a job and Club activities. He has gained a confidence from knowing that even though life can offer challenges, he can overcome struggles.

When Spencer began attending the Alderwood Boys & Girls Club in the fifth grade he quickly became involved in Club activities, including playing on several basketball teams over the years. He volunteers as a Counselor in Training during summer camp and is currently the president of Keystone Club. Spencer is a positive role model for younger Club members.

Ultimately, Spencer’s goal is to work with children, teens and adults going through the pain of living with those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. After graduation he plans on attending Edmonds Community College to study Drug/Alcohol Counseling. “Post high school education is my opportunity to start my future and give it my all,” he said in his Youth of the Year application when writing about his goal of becoming a counselor. He understands struggling with challenges should never make someone feel happiness and success are out of reach and he hopes to help others learn that their past does not define them.

If Spencer wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of the Pacific Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2014, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President in the White House.

We would like to offer special thanks to our Youth of the Year judges, who generously gave their time to interview all the Youth of the Year candidates and thoughtfully select Spencer out of an outstanding group of candidates. Thank you to:

Rick Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of The Everett Clinic
Jennifer Gregerson, Mayor City of Mukilteo
Jean Hernandez, President of Edmonds Community College
Larry Jubie, Jubie Construction
Rory Klein, Marketing Director at Auto Concepts Northwest and Marketing Director/ IT at Klein Honda
Brenda Olson, Olson Franchise Group Advertising

Thank you to our Masters of Ceremony and National Youths of the Year: Dr. Tony Agtarap (1983), Adam Cornell (1991) and Dr Liberty Franklin Mataia (1998)

We would like to recognize and thank all the candidates:
Abigale Nolen, Arlington
Ford Jensen, Cascade
Bree Daigneault, Coupeville
Shawn Fuller, Granite Falls
Courtney Ellis, Lake Stevens
Makayla Belew, Marysville
Amanda Lee, Monroe
Robert Renteria, Mulilteo
Erica Aguilar, Oak Harbor
Morgan David, Snohomish
Malia Jones, South Everett/Mulilteo
Ruby Zamora, Sultan
Arely Diaz-Cuevas, Trailside
Samantha Marteney, Tulalip


Ford donates $4,000 to BGCSC

Ford LogoThe Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $1,000 each to the Alderwood, Everett, Marysville and Snohomish Boys & Girls clubs. The Clubs will receive a grant of $1,000 to expand the previously launched Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign and increase the number of kids who benefit from this initiative. Ford dealers in each state were matched with a local Boys & Girls Club and the money donated to each club will provide 300 meals for kids during the holidays.“As many families prepare for holiday celebrations, others are struggling simply to keep food on the table,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Today’s donation is one more step to support families and children who face food insecurity.”The Ford Fund has donated nearly $420,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country in the past five years alone. Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company.

Campbell Nelson Partnership

Campbell Nelson Thank You Photo from Alderwood Kids

We want to give a big THANK YOU to Campbell Nelson Motors for all of their support over the last 9 months! One of the cornerstones of the Campbell Nelson business model is collaboration. Their Community Driven program provides support and partnership to several amazing local, regional and international organizations. BGCSC is privileged to partner with them.

Campbell Nelson has been a supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs over the years in a variety of ways.  In 2013 the company decided to focus a unique program on six charities including the Alderwood and Edmonds Boys & Girls Clubs. Every time a customer purchased a new or used vehicle the dealership made a donation to the charity of the buyers choosing. They contributed $100,000 between February and October of 2013. Each time the Boys & Girls Club was designated the donation supported scholarships for two yearly memberships to the Boys & Girls Club.  “The Campbell Nelson contributions toward club memberships allow the Alderwood and Edmonds Boys & Girls Clubs to continue to serve more kids regardless of their financial situation” says Mike Neumeister, BGCSC Area Director.  Campbell Nelson contributed over $20,000 to the Alderwood and Edmonds Boys & Girls Clubs in 2013.

As the third generation of Campbell’s to own the dealership, Kurt Campbell and his brother Craig are passionate about supporting organizations and creating partnerships. To them it is all about making a positive difference in the community. “A blessing shared is the greatest blessing of all and that’s why at Campbell Nelson we look at being able to partner with charities as a win-win”-Kurt Campbell

Each time a customer selected the Alderwood or Edmonds Clubs, they received a hand-painted tile from one of the Club’s young artists and a handwritten thank you note with information about the organization.  It is important to the Campbell’s that this program is really a partnership between Campbell Nelson, BGCSC and the customer. For BGCSC it has proven to be a great model for working with businesses in the community to address the needs of kids in our Clubs and in Snohomish County.

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