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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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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2021 Youth of the Year Event Recap Thank you to everyone who joined us for the virtual Youth of the Year Celebration! On Saturday, February 27, our community came together to hear from and honor eight outstanding Club teens. These young people shared powerful stories about their Club experiences and their big plans for the future. Youth of the Year is a special opportunity to recognize and celebrate young leaders around our organization who excel in the areas of academic

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Prep for your next job with Virtual Job Readiness Workshops!   Download the Flyer here   Trainings take place on Zoom from 4 - 5 PM for ages 14-21: February 11: Communication Skills February 17: Resume Review Session February 18: Job Search Workshop February 24: Finances with KeyBank - Spending & Saving March 11: Self Discovery - Passion & Career March 17: Resume Review Session March 18: Job Search Workshop March 24: Careers in Retail & Customer Service April 14:

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  Register Today   Boys & Girls Clubs of King County strives to provide the best possible support to our communities – including families not currently enrolled, particularly through the current pandemic. We are pleased to offer a special, no-cost resource for individuals who are working and also caring for children. Please join us on Thursday February 4, 2021 at 8:00 PM for a FREE virtual workshop on Managing Working Parenthood in Current Times. The session will be led by

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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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