The Kevin Oliver Memorial Leadership Award was established in 2014 to help recognize one youth each year who demonstrates the virtues of courage, perseverance, and humility, as exemplified in good character & leadership. This annual award, dedicated to the memory of Kevin Oliver, is given to the County-nominated Youth of the Year, as a way of enabling their participation in the State Youth of the Year program, and providing the opportunity for continued growth & maturation.
This yearly memorial of Kevin Oliver, recognizing his passion for the youth of Skagit County, and his dedication to personal improvement, was awarded to Kyla Whiton, to help cover the trip costs to Seattle & Olympia for the State Youth of the Year program. As we reflect on the purpose and impact of this Leadership Award, we are thrilled to see such a great return on the gracious support of the Olivers. Kyla’s performance throughout the process of preparing for Youth of the Year, and her hard work throughout the competition– is the best fulfillment of the Award’s purpose. We celebrate with the Olivers, all those who have contributed to the Award, with Kyla, and with all our Board, staff, and partners about the the opportunities for #GreatFutures that have been created.
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(2/11/18 – 7:49 am)
Club Operations Update for 2/11/18:
Administration Office: CLOSED. Staff are available via their regular extensions through call forwarding and are working remotely.
Concrete: If evening activities are canceled by the Concrete School District, there will be no Club, and all youth should take their normal bus home. If evening transportation IS available, the Club will be open until the late buses leave at 5:30 pm. We expect this information following the morning bus run.
Mount Baker: OPEN
Mount Vernon: Closing at 5:00 pm.
Sedro-Woolley: Closing at 5:30 pm. Dinner will be served.
All Parents: Please pick up your Club members as soon as possible so staff can be sent out as numbers drop in facilities. We expect to see another storm roll in and would like to get people back home before it gets too bad.
(2/11/18 – 7:49 am)
Anacortes teens hosted a fun and festive booth at the Winter Wonderland Walk in Washington Park, Anacortes in the beginning of December. A team of teens from the Boys & Girls Club worked with staff to design and decorate a campsite to share with the community. The event is a free holiday event hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Anacortes and is supported by local businesses, service groups and community members. Each group decorates a campsite in Washington Park to share the holiday spirit with winter enthusiast who stroll through to admire the displays with hot chocolate and flashlights in hand. The theme of the Boys & Girls Club display with The Grinch and was enjoyed by members young and old!
The Anacortes Boys & Girls Club has their creative juices flowing in the art arena! The Art Center has been beautifying their space and creating an array of work in a variety of medias. Members have been enjoying some out of the box thinking and new ideas during their time in the Art Center.
The Teen Center recently partnered with Kate Clark from the Anacortes Museum to create collages using vintage letters, postcards and publications. Then they’re framing their art using vintage frames. The next project they look forward to tackling with Kate is revamping a wall mural in the Teen Center.
Boy of the Month Christian O, age 6
Christian is a Kindergartener at Little Mountain elementary. He is one of our new members this year at the start of the school year. Christian is a bright kid and when he smiles it brings a smile to others. Christian is our boy of the month for his willingness to engage and encourage others in the program.
Girl of the Month Julia R, age 9
Julia is in 4th grade and attends Jefferson Elementary. Julia has a great bubbly attitude and likes to check in with staff. You can usually find Julia in the art room. She also enjoys Positive Action which teaches kids that their emotions are affected by what they choose to do and Power hour where she gets her homework.
Power hour All-Star George W, age 8
George is in 3rd grade and attends Lincoln Elementary. He has been a Club Member the summer before his 1st-grade year. George makes sure to come to Power Hour each day, working on homework or reading.
Artist of the Month Chloe C, age 8
Chloe attends Jefferson Elementary and is currently a 3rd grader. She has been a Club member since spring of 2018. Chloe attends art every day that it is open, Chloe likes to make customized artwork for friends, family, and staff.
Triple Play MVP Adrian N, age 7
Adrian attends Jefferson Elementary and is currently in 2nd grade. He has started attending the Club just this year. Adrian can usually be found participating in Triple Play which is our physical game program. He can be seen actively helping others join in a program and helps promote games when we are preparing to head outside.
Boy of the Month Landon A
Landon is a Kindergartener that attends Centennial Elementary. He started coming to the Club this year and has been a really great role model for other members.
Girl of the Month Laykin B
Laykin is attending Washington Elementary school and is currently a 2nd grader. Laykin participates in a wide range of programs at the Club and has even gotten some members who tend not to join a program to participate with her. She does everything with a smile.
Power hour All-Star Isaias B
Isaias is currently in 3rd Grade and is attending Madison Elementary @Harriet Rowley. This is his second year at the Club. When you walk into the learning center you can usually find Isaias there getting work done. After he’s finished he likes to hang out with his friends in the game rooms.
Triple Play MVP Elijah M
Elijah is currently a fifth grader and attends Madison Elementary @Harriet Rowley. He has been attending the Club for 5 years starting the summer he turned 6. Elijah is a great role model for the younger members as he comes prepared to go to Football after he is done at the Club.
Artist of the Month Alina A
Alina is currently in second grade and attends Lincoln Elementary. Alina has been attending the Club for 2 years. you can see Alina in the art room creating some amazing artwork with a smile on her face.
“Why don’t we go to the moon anymore?” This question was asked by Gavin, a green-haired incoming 6th grader entering LaVenture Middle School. Gavin along with twenty other middle school students recently participated in Launch Camp, a NASA-inspired space program run by Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. The youth came from all across Skagit County, from La Conner to Concrete, all united by a desire to better understand space.
Although the youth were disappointed that NASA no longer sends astronauts to the moon, they were excited by the possibility of establishing a Mars colony at some point in their future. During the four day camp, they learned how to program robotics, designed 3D printing models, learned about many of the principles of flights, and culminated the camp by launching water rockets. The activities enabled them to imagine becoming NASA scientists or even Mars colonists. At the end of the camp, all of the youth expressed a desire to continue learning about science and technology.
Many of the robotics and rocketry activities at Launch Camp came from the Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline (NESSP), a NASA-funded educational outreach program. “The kids loved the idea that NASA was investing in them,” said Nathan Allen, co-leader of Launch Camp, “We worked to make it clear that NASA invests in the future of science – that used to be moon landings but now it’s our youth.” During the school year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County will continue to use the NESSP’s curriculum resources to empower youth. In addition to robotics and rocketry, youth will learn about environmental science and contribute data to NASA scientists through the NASA Globe program.
Throughout the week, the youth at Launch Camp asked many excellent questions about space and the universe. But, on the last day, most of the participants asked the questions “can Launch Camp last longer?” and “will there be Launch Camp next year?” Youth in the Clubs will be empowered by Launch Camp and the lessons they learned for the rest of the school year.