About the Organization
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County was founded in 1997 and is made up of eight Clubs – in Anacortes, Burlington, Concrete, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Woolley. The organization has grown rapidly in recent history, from a budget of $950,000 in 2014, to $4.5 million in 2022. This growth is in response to the needs in our community, and the confidence of stakeholders in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County to serve kids and teens effectively, and efficiently. We are committed to a continuous quality improvement cycle in all elements of our operations, and strive to be innovative and solutions-focused when working with partner corporations, agencies, and other community-based organizations.
Exciting upcoming initiatives include breaking ground and preparing to serve Preschool students in a conceptual “Discovery Center” model of licensed childcare in Anacortes in partnership with the Anacortes Family Center and their new affordable housing project, and the initial stages to identify the need for childcare and potential facility options for a second “Discovery Center” in Sedro-Woolley. To assist Club Members and our community through impact, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County launched the Club Mentor program in fall of 2021 and has been a success thus far in having key role models from our community, teach our youth in certain areas of interest to the Club Mentor.
About the Local Area
The organization is headquartered in Mount Vernon, WA, where the members of the Mission Support Team work to ensure local Clubs have all the tools and resources necessary for quality program implementation. The total Skagit County population is approximately 130,000 – and the County is positioned nearly equidistant between Seattle, WA, and Vancouver, BC. With just about an hour of drive time to either, the County is positioned well for enjoying the Cultural benefits each provides, without the living expense or regular traffic present in a metropolitan area. The community is attractive to those interested in enjoying the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, and the mountains of Washington State. Skagit County is home to the nationally recognized annual Tulip Festival held in April that brings spectators in from all over the world.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Policy
Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, in accordance with our values of Fun, Respect, Integrity, Community, and Acceptance and our mission – to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens – is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as an employer, service provider to the community, and place for volunteer engagement. These are priorities for the organization, and if any employee, volunteer, Club member, stakeholder or other member of the community has a concern that actions or initiatives do not support this policy, they should immediately notify the President & CEO, or Board Chair, accordingly.
Recognizing the purpose of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County and its mission is to serve those most at-risk and therefore typically underrepresented, it is integral to the success and fulfillment of the mission to enact and model practices and behaviors that will reflect the justice necessary to do so, not just when interacting within the organization, but in actively and purposefully equipping all populations with the tools necessary for self-advocacy and expression.
As an organization, we provide the following as adopted definitions:
- Diversity: The inclusion of different types of people, including but not limited to considerations regarding socio-economic status, race, culture, religion, gender or gender expression, age, political affiliation, or sexual orientation in a purposeful way that takes into account participating and having an active voice, self-expression, and celebrating one’s uniqueness free from prejudice.
- Equity: Ensuring justice according to one’s needs that secures freedom from bias or favoritism, access to opportunity and providing individualized support as necessary to realize benefit from those opportunities.
- Inclusion: Providing individualized opportunities for all that include engagement, participation, and input recognizing the organization benefits when multiple perspectives are brought together for consideration and implementation in a purposeful and intentional manner, free from judgment.
As an organization, we are committed to:
- Prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion when making decisions including policy adoption and implementation, program development and execution, strategic planning, and who we choose to partner or do business with.
- Recognizing there are systemic injustices that must be addressed and that we must also advocate for change when appropriate, and equip our various stakeholder groups with the tools required to support this.
- Understanding that efforts that relate to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are not binary and require ongoing reflection and revision.
- Hiring staff, whenever possible, that reflect the population of Club members being served and their known demographics, but also in such a way that embraces diversity and inclusion and provides our Club members relationships with individuals that they may not otherwise have an opportunity to engage with.
- Adopting program strategies and curriculum that integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion or modifying activities in a purposeful, intentional way that results in such integration.
- Providing staff, volunteers, and Club members with regular, ongoing training and where appropriate, professional development, that supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, during regular in-service dates scheduled including Veterans Day and Presidents Day, and integrating such discussion throughout regularly scheduled meetings including local Club staff meetings and all-staff quarterly meetings.
- Ensuring a safe space for our members, volunteers, staff, and community, free from mental, emotional, or physical abuse in any form, including bullying for any reason, and to allow for appropriate expression of oneself without prejudice.
As an organization engaging multiple stakeholder groups, we are currently prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with respect to each:
- Board Leadership: Continuing to actively work to increase diversity amongst Board membership, and with equity considerations, build an Advisory Council that reflects our membership and community to inform the work of the Board.
- Staff: Continuing and expanding current efforts to provide regular, ongoing feedback and reflections from all staff members, including through open participation in the Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Committee comprised of staff, board, and other stakeholders; Securing the training necessary for staff to fully understand Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and how each intersects with our mission and organizational strategies and goals.
- Club members and their families: Maintaining a culture of inclusion and educating members as to the purpose and importance of self-expression and self-advocacy; Ensuring equity in access, eliminating barriers to participation whenever possible, and monitoring membership demographics so they at least mirror those found in the community, making program changes in curriculum and location if necessary to support this.
The commitment of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is unequivocal. It is recognized that despite a significant effort to make organizational culture and practice changes, it will require continued growth and evolution. Staff, volunteers, and members should feel empowered to make their needs known to ensure the greatest success for all.
Benefits for all:
- A FUN, RESPECTFUL, ACCEPTING workplace where we lead with INTEGRITY to build a sense of COMMUNITY for all!
- 10 paid Operational Closure Days
- 2 paid Self-Selected Days of Importance
- Generous Vacation Leave (app 1 week in year one, 2 weeks in years 2-4, 3 weeks in years 5-9, 4 weeks in years 10+)
- Generous Sick & Safe Leave (app 6 days in years 1-5, 12 days in years 6+)
- Employer-paid Family Leave (Washington Paid Family Leave Act)
- Employer-paid Bereavement Leave (up to 3 days)
- Employer-paid Jury Leave
- 401k Base Contribution of 2% after qualification (1 year with 1,000 or more hours)
- 401k Employer Matching (1:1 up to 3%)
- Employer-paid training and career development counseling opportunities
- Ongoing professional development
- Opportunity to participate in non-position-specific paid work groups related to DEI, Training, Program Development, Safety, and more!
- Special Staff Appreciation Events & Opportunities
Full-time team members are also eligible for:
- Medical Insurance with the employee paying a partial premium contribution depending on the selected plan
- Dental/Vision Enrollment
- Employer-paid Life Insurance Plan
- Employer-paid Long-Term Disability
- 4 Personal Days for employees classified as Salaried, Exempt