2017 Mid-Year Report

20 years of Clubs in Skagit County!

20 years of Clubs in Skagit County!

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Burlington members like to ham it up for the camera, on a field trip to

Soaring Eagle Regional Park near Sammamish.

Anacortes youth beach-combing at Seafarer’s Park.

elsewhere. More Concrete 8th and 10th grade

students than their peers statewide report that

alcohol and marijuana are easy to get, with 26%

reporting that they get alcohol at home with permission.

Thirty-six percent (36%) of Concrete youth

don’t think regular drinking by peers is wrong, 64%

don’t think youth marijuana use is wrong, and 66%

believe that the community doesn’t think it’s wrong

for kids to drink alcohol. These potential Club members

need to know that there are caring adults,

ready to provide guidance, and a strong moral compass

that can lead to success.

The Concrete community has been incredibly responsive

to building program efforts, especially

regarding Club Mentor. To simultaneously build key

Developmental Assets, as well as work to increase

awareness and interest in future careers, continuing

training and education, and self-motivation,

Club Mentor will bring partner employers and organizations

together with targeted youth. Through

participation, engaging relationships will empower

youth to consider employment in key industries in

Skagit County, developing our local workforce. Insight

gained through specific curriculum-based activities

with their mentors, who will be comprised

of employees from these businesses and corporations,

can make a significant difference. With their

positive guidance and encouragement, we anticipate

more youth being motivated to complete their

high school diploma and beyond.

Over the next year, Clubs will also be working to

begin small Club Mentor programs at all community

Clubhouses. The commitment is once a month,

for 60-90 minutes, typically in the afternoons at

4:00pm. Club staff take care of all the activity planning

and facilitation, but community mentors are

needed to work on projects and open up dialogues

with Club members ages 8-14. Together, our Clubs

kids and mentors will create memories that will go

far beyond the building of a gingerbread house or

drawing of a character trait shield. If you are interested

in becoming more involved as a volunteer at

a Clubhouse, or would like to consider becoming a

mentor, please contact Katelynn Long, Community

Development Coordinator, at 360-419-3723 x8.

A perfect day for a sandcastle building contest in Anacortes. Youth

went on many morning walks to nearby parks during the summer.


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