Club members needto know that there arecaring adults, ready toprovide guidance, anda strong moral compassthat can lead to success.28New Initiatives:CLUB MENTOR GAINS MOMENTUMThe Club Mentor program is designed to matchadult community leaders with Club memberswho are defined as great in need for additional supportin their lives. Circumstances necessitating amatch may include, but not be limited to residing in asingle parent household or one in which English is notthe primary spoken language. Perhaps there is no previouscollege or high school graduate at home, or thereare demonstrated behavioral difficulties at school, or alack of social and interpersonal skills.Using data collected from surveys of more than 5million children and youth from all backgrounds andsituations, the Search Institute released a frameworkof 40 Development Assets which identifiesa set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviorsthat enable young people to develop intosuccessful and contributing adults. Over time, thisframework and approach to youth development becamethe most frequently cited and widely utilizedin the world. The work continues today, to remainrelevant and help steer efforts to effect changein the lives of young people by all youth-focusedorganizations by identifying a limited number of“gateway assets” through which young people
more readily become academically, socially, andemotionally well-prepared for life in the complexand rapidly changing world of the 21st Century.Club Mentor is designed to bring those assets tolife in Club members, in all eight Internal and ExternalAsset categories: Support, Empowerment,Boundaries & Expectations, Constructive Use ofTime, Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, SocialCompetencies, and Positive Self-Identification.Through facilitated sessions that are group-based,Club kids will be matched with a community volunteer,preferably for a year at a time, and developstrong relationships that benefit both participants.Continued...In 2015, roughly half of the graduating classat Concrete High School did not earn adiploma. Facing intergenerational povertyand substance abuse, a young personborn and raised in the community hassubstantially more obstacles to face thanpeers elsewhere.Currently, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit Countyis working in two areas to establish Club Mentorprograms. In one community, it is the interest of aRotary Club becoming even more involved in directservice that may be the catalyst needed; in another,the need for career exploration and inspirationamongst youth. Both are developed with specificintended goals that differ from one another, butthese and all future developments have at the centerone purpose: increasing the number of caringadults a child has access to.In a very unique context, Club Mentor forms part ofthe foundational response in a joint effort of UnitedGeneral District 304 and the Concrete School District.Together, with the Boys & Girls Clubs of SkagitCounty, an application has been made for funding21st Century Community Learning Center programsin that community.In 2015, roughly half of the graduating class at ConcreteHigh School did not earn a diploma. Facingintergenerational poverty and substance abuse, ayoung person born and raised in the communityhas substantially more obstacles to face than peersContinued on page 3029All 4 Clubs went to on a field trip to Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.