(April 19, 2022, Mount Vernon, WA) – Congressman Rick Larsen, representing the Washington 2nd District, was recently honored as the 2022 Champion of Youth by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Representative Larsen is himself an alum of the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, where he has fond memories of programs and playing basketball growing up. Ron McHenry, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, and counterpart Heather Powell from Whatcom County presented the congressman with the award during BGCA’s National Days of Advocacy, in March, in Washington, DC.
A long-time advocate for youth who need support in their communities most, Congressman Larsen has visited Club locations in Allen, Anacortes, Burlington, and Sedro-Woolley, engaging Club members, and ensuring he has a pulse of the challenges they face growing up in today’s world.
Representative Larsen was nominated by Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, and selected for the award based on his support of programs and policies that promote the health and prosperity of today’s youth. As a lead sponsor of the Summer Meals Act, he has been an absolute force in advocacy surrounding food insecurity and nutrition. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the congressman has been a shoulder to lean on, vocally backing the Washington State Boys & Girls Club organization’s out-of-school-time care programs and access to emergency childcare funding.
“Having the opportunity to present the congressman with the Champion of Youth Award meant a lot to us because of all he has done to advance the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs and our impact on kids and teens,” said Ron McHenry. “When we arrived for our meeting at his office, I was especially heartened to see a piece of art made by one of our Skagit kids we had taken as a thank you a few years ago had been beautifully framed and featured prominently for guests to enjoy. He ‘gets’ Clubs, and has been a champion for many years.”
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.
(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.
Anacortes Boys & Girls Club celebrated our September Youth of the Month last week! We are excited to kick off the school year by recognizing some of our outstanding members. These members have been positive role models, helpful individuals and a load of FUN this month!