Prep for your next job with Virtual Job Readiness Workshops!   Download the Flyer here   Trainings take place on Zoom for ages 14-21: June 23, 2021 - Wednesday 3:30PM - 4:30PM - Basic Work Skills Workshop 4:30PM - 5:30PM - Resume Review & Interview Skills   June 24, 2021 - Thursday 3:30PM - 4:30PM - Basic Work Skills Workshop 4:30PM - 5:30PM - Resume Review & Interview Skills   July 7, 2021 - Wednesday 3:30PM - 4:30PM - Basic

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Empower LGBTQ Youth Through Inclusive Practices Posted 06/17/2019 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America I grew up in a rural town. My parents were super strict and held many traditionally conservative values. From an early age, I remember feeling different from family and friends in a way that I couldn’t quite articulate, but I sensed that it wasn’t safe to explore or examine my identity. In high school, an English teacher introduced me to early feminist texts and other

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Carter’s Pride: Trans Youth Finds Support at His Club Posted 06/29/2020 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America Ever since I was a little kid, a little “girl”, I knew something was different about me. Even as a child I knew it was a little abnormal to be upset or sad when someone referred to me as a female or she/her. I wasn’t sure why I was upset to be seen this way, but what I did know was that

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Supporting Black LGBTQ+ Youth and Their Mental Health Posted 06/12/2020 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America The below article is revised from a resource on TheTrevorProject.org by Dr. Tia Dole, the organization's Chief Clinical Operations Officer. For 160 years, the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America has been to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. As we celebrate and honor Pride Month, we recognize one of

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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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Community Spotlight: Nancy Remak Our annual Youth of the Year event celebrates outstanding teens in our community. Each Youth of the Year nominee gives a speech about their experience at the Club. These speeches are the highlight of the event for most attendees, but there is so much more going on behind the scenes. For the past four years, Nancy Remak has played an integral role in the event by serving on the judging team. Nancy’s commitment to our Clubs

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