Scotch Broom Parade Boys & Girls Clubs of King County is dedicated to creating educational and fun programming for teens. Across the county each Club has unique activities that cater to individual communities. [caption id="attachment_5241" align="alignleft" width="388"] Scotch Broom Parade 2019! (Photo Taken pre pandemic)[/caption] One of the highlights of springtime at the Bainbridge Island Club is the Scotch Broom Parade. It is a fun tradition where Keystone Teens get to connect with the Bainbridge Island community at large.  

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Youth of the Year 2022 Recap On Saturday, February 12, 2022, more than 150 Boys & Girls Clubs community members came together – both in person and virtually – to recognize and celebrate the 6 outstanding Youth of the Year candidates from around the county. This year’s candidates were Ellie from Kirkland, Halen from Mercer Island, Logan from North Seattle, Valeria from Rotary, Mario from Smilow Rainier Vista, and Kevin from Wallingford. Youth of the Year is an annual event

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In December, 133 teens participated in YouthForce’s (YF) Resource Fair where they participated in college and career readiness workshops. They showed up, invested in their futures, and began turning their dreams into reality.  Youthforce, is our workforce readiness program that prepares youth for success in their first jobs and creates a clear pathway to their chosen career goals. Our all-encompassing readiness program gives teens experiences ranging from interview and resume workshops to college application support and financial literacy classes. The participants

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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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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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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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