Boys & Girls Clubs of King County Programs
BGCKC supports academic success by providing tutoring and homework help that leads to improved grades, lower high school drop out rates, and kids who see themselves as learners.
Good Character and Citizenship
BGCKC strives to help youth develop good character and citizenship by encouraging community service, providing positive alternatives to risky behavior, and instilling an attitude of engagement.
BGCKC helps youth develop healthy lifestyles by teaching healthy behaviors that reduce drug use and childhood obesity, and working to help youth develop a positive self-image.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
On February 12, 11 teens competed at Boys & Girls Clubs of King County’s 2013 Youth of the Year Awards Luncheon. All the nominees are exceptional teens who are a reflection of our extraordinary staff and volunteers. Congratulations to the 2013 Youth of the Year, Delannah Collins-Wright from the Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse & Teen Center at Rainier Vista! This well rounded scholar and student leader has been a member of the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club for nearly five years. Delannah, 16, is a junior at Cleveland High School.
“I used to be a C student, but the Club staff knew I could do better,” says Delannah. “They connected me with a tutor. I am extremely excited to now consistently be on the honor roll. I credit both SRV and my family for keeping me on track.”
Did you know that juvenile crime triples during after-school hours? Or that King County has 125+ gangs concentrated in the Rainier Valley, North Seattle, the Central District, Federal Way and Kirkland? More than 72,000 local teens do not join in organized activities after school.
Our kids need mentors and a safe place where they can rise above these obstacles. Thankfully, that place exists. It is Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.
While the Boys & Girls Clubs keep the cost of joining low, we have pledged to never turn away a family for lack of funds. Last year, 4,000+ kids received a scholarship to waive all or part of their membership. And while the membership fee is only $36, it actually costs $500 to provide one child or teen a year of homework help, mentorship, activities and healthy snacks or even suppers.
How can we do it? Only with your support. We count on generous individuals like you to help keep the Club doors open to all kids in need—and to keep the cost of joining affordable for families in these tight economic times.