Family Support Groups During these uniquely challenging times, Club professionals have gotten creative with how they are supporting caregivers. Teams at our Southwest and Federal Way Clubs created family support groups. These groups have been meeting on a weekly basis as a way to connect, troubleshoot issues, and get Club updates. Federal Way’s Operations Director Duwayne Le’i  enjoys facilitating because he loves giving all the families a platform to connect with one another and just hang out. Ordinarily, these same interactions

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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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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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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Opportunities On Monday, January 18, 2021 our Clubs will close to give our members and staff an opportunity to do service and promote non-violence in their own way in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963

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SE Network Peace Circles Well before the pandemic hit, SE Network used the restorative justice practice of Peace Circles for conflict resolution and social and emotional support. Now, the practice is an instrumental tool for youth to navigate the new normal. The SE Network team leads the charge to implement Peace Circles around our Clubs and in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. Peace Circles, or Healing Circles, are based on a model developed by Indigenous peoples. With a focus on relationship

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Kirkland Teens Bond During Difficult Times Teens face a wide range of challenges in any year; this year introduced even more, as the pandemic and social isolation forces young people to recalibrate how they learn and socialize. Going through this strange time together, members of the Kirkland Torch Club* developed a newfound level of comradery. On any given day, between 7-14 teens at the Club get together to participate in Torch Club activities. Members find solace through their relationships with

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Seattle Storm Virtual Basketball Clinic Presented by Bank of America     On Thursday, November 19, 2020, youth across the region participated in a virtual basketball clinic presented by Seattle Storm and Bank of America. Youth from our Wallingford and North Beach Elementary Clubs as well as members of the Seattle Wolfpack girls basketball team had a blast participating in the event. With brand-new basketballs donated by the Storm, Club members practiced dribbling, ball handling, and footwork drills that challenged

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  Our partners are doing whatever it takes to give teens in our community access to opportunities during this uncertain time. For the past few years, YouthForce, our career readiness program has partnered with Bank of America to offer internships for teens. Although the format looked different this year, that did not take away from the positive impact this experience will have on participants’ lives. Nine YouthForce teens took part in a four-week virtual internship with Bank of America. Interns

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To maintain a sense of Club community while kids are separated during a COVID-19 summer, Ballard Club staff host a virtual event – the Ballard Club Weekly Show - that’s broadcast into the different rooms throughout the Club.

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