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
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
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
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
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
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.
Without field trips this year at summer camp, staff are finding creative programming for Club members, including an escape room at the Kirkland Club!
Rainbow club at the Bainbridge Island Club is a queer-friendly space for teens to connect, learn, and express themselves freely.
Recognizing community support during the COVID-19 crisis
Changes in our Board of Directors