Supporting Black LGBTQ+ Youth and Their Mental Health Posted 06/12/2020 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America The below article is revised from a resource on TheTrevorProject.org by Dr. Tia Dole, the organization's Chief Clinical Operations Officer. For 160 years, the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America has been to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. As we celebrate and honor Pride Month, we recognize one of

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Racial Equity Work at the Club   Part of the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of King County is to serve youth, especially those who need us most. That priority drives leadership decisions to invest in organization-wide initiatives to provide culturally relevant, inclusive, and diverse programming for our youth.   Adelante, meaning “moving forward”, is the race, equity, and inclusion group within Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. Adelante is made up of employees across the organization who

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Be Great, Graduate Over this past year, we adjusted to being constantly inundated with new challenges. We shared many stories with you all about how the pandemic affected the Clubs and most importantly our youth. Club youth continue to need support, structure, and stability more than ever.  Naomas Faletogo, Operations Director at our Southwest Club recognized the growing need for one-on-one mentorship for teens who were struggling academically. Naomas dedicated his career to supporting youth in our community, with 30+

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New eSports Program for Teens At our Clubs, playtime takes many forms, and with teens, our new eSports program is a popular activity. With the goal to inspire and encourage youth in areas they are already expressing interest, our eSports program allows our Teen Directors to provide quality programming that aligns with what teens are excited about. Senior Teen Director at the Wallingford Club Tré Beauchamp saw an opportunity to build on something that youth already enjoy. Teens have the

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Blast Off to Summer On May 26, Club members across the county participated in a space-themed move-a-thon event called “Blast Off to Summer” to celebrate healthy lifestyles and encourage movement! Fifteen Clubs participated, each adding their own elements like space costumes, mini games, and special rules for any given lap. Kids completed laps or “orbits” around their Clubs and collected stamps from a Bingo marker from a Club professional on their t-shirt as they completed each orbit. One youth at

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Safe Spaces for our Youth and Staff   Rainbow Club   Each of our Clubs across the county has its own unique flavor. Members and Club professionals work together to co-create unique programming, based on each community's wants and needs.   Teens at our Bainbridge Island Club designed a queer-friendly space — the Rainbow Club! The Rainbow Club grew from a conversation that a member had with Teen Director Michael Schrader. What started as a one-off conversation about what was on

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Mental Health & Trauma-Informed Training Photo taken before COVID-19.   Like parents and educators, Club professionals are increasingly concerned about the pandemic’s impact on adolescent mental health. Our Club teams are working to stay ahead of needs through ongoing trainings with local experts.   In 2019, we began a partnership with Coordinated Care, whose skilled trainers work with our staff to build proficiency in addressing these issues with youth. This partnership is even more meaningful in today’s mental health climate.

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Award-Winning Chief Development Officer Congratulations to Chief Development Officer Jayme Hommer, the recipient of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) 2020 Outstanding Development Professional Award for the Pacific Region! The award honors a fundraising professional whose dedication, leadership, ingenuity and high ethical standards build and strengthen a Culture of Philanthropy in their Clubs and communities. COVID-19 hit Washington state mere weeks before the spring LunchBreak event – our second biggest fundraising event of the year. A ballroom of 1,000

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Keeping Youth Connected with School Since the onset of the pandemic, our Clubs provide a safe and inclusive place for up to 800 youth to log on to virtual school. We manage the logistics for meeting curriculum requirements for more than 240 schools, and our 24 Clubs are open 11 hours a day. Our talented team of youth development professionals model flexibility and resiliency for our members each day. Their work changed in the blink of eye, and throughout the

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Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Teens We are so excited to have teens in Federal Way taking part in our second round of Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeships. Thanks to a partnership with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) and Truman High School, 17 young people are participating in a 13-week work-based learning experience that transitions youth into entry-level advanced manufacturing jobs and other apprenticeship pathways. The curriculum includes gaining CPR, first aid, and OSHA certifications – industry recognized credentials that prepare participants for manufacturing

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