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2017 Mid-Year Report

20 years of Clubs in Skagit County!

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PROGRAM & SAFETY COMMITTEE

Safety is a top priority for any successful youth

development program. Boys & Girls Clubs of

Skagit County prioritizes safety, of all kinds, throughout

our day to day operations. Our Board of Directors

has set some clear expectations regarding this, and

has developed a Program & Safety Committee to

provide additional oversight and resources that will

ensure that we meet those expectations.

In 2017, the Program & Safety Committee, chaired by

Board Member Tina Asp, is well underway with conducting

on-site safety audits and program reviews.

The committee met in the spring to develop an audit

plan, based on data collected in a 2016 parent survey,

as well as from the National Youth Outcomes Initiative

(NYOI), administered by Boys & Girls Clubs of America

annually. Data from the NYOI indicated that our club

members throughout the organization reported to be

within the national average in areas of overall safety,

emotional safety and physical safety.

While we may be on par with the rest of the movement,

there is still plenty of room for improvement.

The Committee, through information collected from

on-site audits, program reviews and community feedback

will develop a priority list of key projects and investments

to be included in the annual budget. This

will help ensure that our Clubs and programs are in full

compliance with safety expectations and will include

any facility improvements, thorough staff screenings

and background checks, and implementation of new

programs or discontinuation of ineffective programs.

Additionally, clubs will be provided with resources and

guidance to make corrections or improvements identified

by the Board of Directors.

Keeping our kids safe, physically and emotionally,

is not only our obligation, but it is essential to quality

programming that produces the best outcomes.

Through this, we continue to advance in being the premier

youth serving organization in Skagit County.

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A safety assessment of the Anacortes Club. L to R: Tina Asp with Manny Smith, Director of Operations, assessing restroom safety, Club members

playing foosball, members of the safety committee assessing the kitchen, Club members playing in the gym.

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