Badges for Baseball

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The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Badges for Baseball/Softball Camp is full.

The camp is open to boys and girls ages 8 – 12 only. The camp is four days, August 2-5 @ Kasch Park.  Breakfast and lunch is provided. Please email info@bgcsc.org with any questions.

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Thank you to Umpqua Bank for being a great community partner

umpqua-bank-logoEach December Umpqua Bank partners with local nonprofits to connect with community members through their Wish Upon a Star program. Wish Upon a Star® is a signature Umpqua program granting the basic needs or special requests for those struggling through tough times during December.

This year two families whose kids are Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County Club members were granted some very special wishes.

One mother, who has two boys and another unofficial foster son, was granted a wish for new clothes and shoes for the kids. She currently works two part-time jobs, being paid just over $10. She has a very positive attitude and is working hard to be a good example for her boys. She even volunteers as a coach for a flag football team. When asked why she had agreed to have the third child move in with her, she said, “you help people when they need help and he needs help.”

The second family is a family of nine. They have their own children and foster others. The children range in age from 1st grade through 11th grade. They make ends meet by being very frugal, and had been saving pennies to purchase a dishwasher. Umpqua’s Wish Upon a Star program granted their wish for a new dishwasher.

Thank you Umpqua Bank for being so generous and reaching out to help deserving members of our communities. To listen to the reactions of these families and others who received gifts this holiday season click here.

The Ford Motor Company Fund helps provide over 22,000 healthy meals and snacks during the holiday season

Ford-300x300Thank you to the Ford Motor Company Fund and the NW Ford Dealers Association

This year the Ford Motor Company Fund and the Northwest Ford Dealers association partnered with five Clubs at BGCSC: the Alderwood Club, the Brewster Club, the Everett Club, the Marysville Club and the Snohomish Club to provide over 28,000 healthy meals and snacks to local kids in the months of November and December.

Each Club was the recipient of $1,000 from the fund and the Brewster Club received an additional $1,000 from Town Ford Lincoln in East Wenatchee.

Thank you for helping to feed local kids and for supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County.

Alderwood and Harris Ford

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.

Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation helps kids on the move

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County received a generous gift from the Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation to help pay for a new van for our Arlington Club. Located in the City of Arlington and serving a growing area in North Snohomish County that includes Arlington, Darrington, Oso, Stanwood, Lakewood, and north Marysville. The Club served 1,900 school-age youth in 2013, and 360 per day. The van will provide transportation to and from school as well as for field trips during scheduled school breaks, including the summer.