Meet Ella: 2021 Ballard Youth of the Year

Meet Ella:
2021 Ballard Youth of the Year

 

Ella Ballard YOY 2021

 

 

 

  • Years at the Club: 12
  • School & Grade Level: Ballard High School, 11th grade

 

 

 

“The most important skill to have in this world is the ability to look at a situation through the perspective of others. It has become a habit in our society to put our ego first and to disregard the wellbeing of others for our own personal benefit, molding an environment of hate and selfishness. By overcoming this and listening to those you may disagree with, you can achieve genuine compassion and understanding.”

 

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Meet Paolo: 2021 Rotary Youth of the Year

Meet Paolo:
2021 Rotary Youth of the Year

 

Paolo Rotary YOY 2021

 

 

  • Years at the Club: 13
  • School & Grade Level: O'Dea High School, 12th grade

 

 

 

 

“I am the ultimate teammate. I work hard and bring others along so we all succeed. I am a quiet leader that tends to lead by example, as I believe that actions speak louder than words and you will be judged by what people see you doing, not what you tell them you are going to do.”

 

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Meet Sunnryse: 2021 Smilow Rainier Vista Youth of the Year

Meet Sunnryse:
2021 Smilow Rainier Vista Youth of the Year

 

Sunnryse SRV YOY 2021

 

 

 

  • Years at the Club: 10
  • School & Grade Level: Rainier Beach High School, 12th grade

 

 

 

“My Club and my Club family have been a safe haven for me over the past 10 years. I have benefited from the Club by having a support system and developing bonds with each of the staff who have been there to support me. They have really taught me that it takes a village to raise a child. I have learned and picked up characteristics from the staff who work at the Club and have gotten to know me over the years.”

 

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Meet Ashley: 2021 Wallingford Youth of the Year

Meet Ashley:
2021 Wallingford Youth of the Year

Ashely Wallingford YOY 2021

 

 

  • Years at the Club: 12
  • School & Grade Level: Roosevelt High School, 12th grade

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ashley's favorite quote:

“I know I wouldn’t be here, and all of us wouldn’t be here, without certain sacrifices and certain stands that people have made…”  -Mia Hamm

 

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Remote Learning at the Club

Meet the Rivetts

With schools closed due to COVID-19, one thing is clear: families need us now, more than ever. Between the virus, the racial justice reckoning, and the challenges of remote learning, youth and families are feeling the strain.

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County is a bright spot for many families, and Clubs are open to serve families with full-day programming for kids and teens. On an average day, our 24 Clubs support 800 youth from 240 different schools!

Parents Rose and Matt, and first-grader Mimi, are one family that the Club has assisted with remote learning. Rose is a nurse and Matt is an engineer at Boeing – both are essential workers. With no other child care options, they turned to the Club for support.

Rose credits the Club with saving their family's sanity! Without the Club, either she or Matt would not have been able to remain employed full-time.

The Club’s familiar routine and structure during this crisis have been invaluable to Mimi’s mental health and development. Full-day and half-day programming at the Club means that kids and teens can focus on remote learning, have supervised recreation time, and nurture their social connections during the pandemic.

Rose is also glad that Mimi isn’t isolated from her peers. At the Club, she made new friends and received support from our trained youth development staff. When Mimi has weekly meetings with her first-grade teacher, she always talks about everything she is learning and experiencing at the Club.

Many Club families have stories just like Rose, Matt, and Mimi and are faced with hard choices about their jobs and their families. The Clubs are uniquely positioned to develop solutions for each family’s needs.

“Mimi learned more at Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, both academically and socially, than we could have offered from home…. For a child to know that there are other adults outside her family who love and respect her, especially as her world is changing, is an invaluable gift. We cannot thank you enough for providing this program to our family and other families in challenging situations.

-Rose Rivett

Our Clubs will continue offering full-day programming as long as schools conduct remote learning. Scholarships are available. 

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Meet Miracle: Our 2020 Youth of the Year

Meet Miracle:
Our 2020 Youth of the Year

Miracle_SRV YOY

 

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  • Years at the Club: 10
  • School & Grade Level: Rainier Beach High School / Running Start Program at South Seattle Community College, 12th
  • Activities & Interests: Youth Action Team Program, Field Trips, NAACP Youth Council, Studio Program (music program at the Club)

 

I often come [to the Club] to feel a sense of my community and to connect with people on a deeper level. I also like that when I come to [the Club], I can have fun, socialize, and be productive all in one visit.

 

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