Seattle Kraken Visit to the Rotary Club The Rotary Club gym was filled with hockey sticks clashing and kids cheering on August 25, as Coach Kyle from the Seattle Kraken, the new NHL team, came to excite Club members about hockey and teach them some basic skills. About thirty youth ages 9 - 12 participated in the hockey lessons and games, all eager to share what they knew about hockey. “Be careful you don’t fall because hockey is usually on

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Federal Way Back to School Day To prepare for the upcoming school year, the Federal Way team including the Club Advisory Board (CAB), collaborated with Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW) to host a back-to-school event!  Over the course of the day, 274 community members joined in the fun. Laurie Black, President & CEO, enthusiastically greeted families while Duwayne Le’i, Federal Way Operations Director, emceed the day. Kids picked out backpacks filled with school supplies, a barber lent his services to

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Boeing Volunteers Support Back to School Hundreds of our youth are headed back to school with backpacks full of the supplies they needed thanks to the generosity of employees at Boeing and the company’s commitment to matching their passion for giving. In addition to raising money through the Liftoff for Learning campaign, ten Boeing employees also helped out at the great Back- to- School community events at our Rainier Vista & Federal Way Clubs – one brought his dad along

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North Seattle Club Work Party Our Clubs are magical places where youth come together for fun, learning, and comradery. That magic also means the building is put to great use, and it takes a community effort to keep our Clubs clean, safe, and joyful for our youth. On Saturday, June 19, members of the North Seattle Club Advisory Board (CAB) showed up at the Club bright, early, and ready to get their hands dirty with Club maintenance and improvement projects.

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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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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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