Mount Vernon Club

Club hours: 2017-2018 School Year, Monday-Friday: 2 – 6 p.m.

Teen Hours: Teen only hours (without younger members present) are Monday-Fridays: 2 – 3:30pm Teens are welcome to stay until 6pm. Teen Nights: 2nd & 4th Fridays of each month, 6 – 10pm. Teen members are those attending middle school or high school. 

2018 Summer Hours: Morning Program: 7am to 2pm. Drop-In: 2pm to 6pm

Who Can Attend the Club? Any youth ages 6 (or completed Kindergarten) to 18. Buses are available from all Mount Vernon schools.

Membership Information: Please see the Club Membership page for more information and forms.

2017–2018 School Year Enrollment: Open Enrollment for new members begins on Aug 21, 2017. All families wishing to enroll must do so, in person, at their corresponding Club. For families that are currently members, enrollment will open on August 1st, 2017. All memberships expire on Aug 31, 2018, and must be renewed for the new school year. Memberships are valid from September 1, 2017 to August 31st, 2018. Space is limited. We encourage families to re-enroll immediately when Open Enrollment begins. Membership registrations and renewals will be accepted Monday – Friday from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. All relevant forms are available from the Forms page. Please allow approximately 30 minutes to register.

Family Nights: Family nights are held quarterly. Open to members and their families, this is a great time to enjoy dinner together, bestow recognition for Club members’ achievements, and play some fun games.

Club Director: Angela Freeberg 
Program Director: Elizabeth Hanna

Location: 1100 North LaVenture Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 947, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Contact: (360) 419-3723 x31

LaVenture Club

Club hours: 2017-2018 School Year, Monday-Thursday: 2 – 5 p.m.

2018 Summer Hours: July 9th to August 9th, Monday thru Thursday, 8am to 1pm. Members may attend the Mount Vernon Club after. 

Who Can Attend the Club? Any youth enrolled in 6th-8th grade within the city of Mount Vernon.

Membership Information: Membership is free, paid for through the 21st Century Grant. The annual teen fee is waved for LaVenture members. Membership is also valid for any other Skagit County Boys & Girls Club. 

2017–2018 School Year Enrollment: All memberships expire on Aug 31, 2018, and must be renewed for the new school year. Memberships are valid from September 1, 2017 to August 31st, 2018. Space is limited. We encourage families to re-enroll immediately when Open Enrollment begins. Membership registrations and renewals are accepted at LaVenture Middle School. All relevant forms are available from the Forms page. Please allow approximately 30 minutes to register.

Family Nights: Family nights are held once a month. Open to members and their families, this is a great time to enjoy dinner together, bestow recognition for Club members’ achievements, and play some fun games.

Site Coordinator: Brian Gustafson 

Location: 1100 North LaVenture Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 947, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Contact: (360) 428-6109 x31177

Mount Baker Club

Club hours: 2017-2018 School Year, Monday-Thursday: 2 – 5 p.m.

2018 Summer Hours: July 9th to August 9th, Monday thru Thursday, 8am to 1pm. Members may attend the Mount Vernon Club after. Summer programs operate on the LaVenture Middle School campus. 

Who Can Attend the Club? Any youth enrolled in 6th-8th grade within the city of Mount Vernon.

Membership Information: Membership is free, paid for through the 21st Century Grant. The annual teen fee is waved for Mount Baker members. Membership is also valid for any other Skagit County Boys & Girls Club. 

2017–2018 School Year Enrollment: All memberships expire on Aug 31, 2018, and must be renewed for the new school year. Memberships are valid from September 1, 2017 to August 31st, 2018. Space is limited. We encourage families to re-enroll immediately when Open Enrollment begins. Membership registrations and renewals are accepted at LaVenture Middle School. All relevant forms are available from the Forms page. Please allow approximately 30 minutes to register.

Family Nights: Family nights are held once a month. Open to members and their families, this is a great time to enjoy dinner together, bestow recognition for Club members’ achievements, and play some fun games.

Site Coordinator: Erik Pineda 

Location: 2310 E. Section St., Mount Vernon, WA 98274

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 947, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Contact: (360) 428-6109 x32175

Youth of the Month November 2018

 

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.

Youth of the Month – October

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.

Launch Camp

“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.

Un Profesor De Mathematics

LaVenture Club member Wilfredo is becoming quite the math whiz!

Many people see “math” as a four letter word. In middle school, math begins to change for students and many students find the transition challenging. Instead of using operations that most calculators can do, students begin learning about more abstract concepts like negative numbers, functions, and proportional relationships. But, for one 6th grade student at La Venture Middle School, math is a challenge to be surmounted.

Wilfrido wants to become “un profesor de mathematics” — a mathematics professor. Wilfrido came to LaVenture part way through the year and has been focused on one goal, to complete as much of the online math program Khan Academy as possible. Amazingly, Wilfredo has finished working through all of the math concepts for 6th grade, most of the concepts for 7th grade, and has begun working on 8th-grade mathematics without an advantage given to most of his peers. Wilfrido only speaks Spanish.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County run an after-school program at LaVenture Middle School called Flying Falcons. During Flying Falcons, all members complete at least an hour of homework with staff assistance, a program known as Power Hour. Wilfrido completes as much math as possible during this time and will even choose to do math when more traditionally enjoyable activities are available.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Nathan Allen, Director of STEM Initiatives for Boys & Girls Clubs. “As a former middle school math teacher, I’ve seen students make huge gains during a year. But, I’ve never seen someone work persistently through two grade levels of math, let alone an English Language Learner. He’s extraordinary.” Because of Nathan’s history as a math teacher, Wilfrido will often come to him with math questions, often needing to teach Nathan Spanish in the process.

Some students will volunteer to help Wilfrido or translate for him, only to find that he understands the math more completely than them. Like his peers, he enjoys playing games on the computer and joking around with his friends. But, given the choice, he logs onto Khan Academy with a mischievous smile and searches for a new math concept to master.