Youth of the Year retreat prepares Skagit candidates

January 28, 2019

Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County who are also candidates for the local organization’s Youth of the Year participated in the annual Washington Youth of the Year retreat Jan. 4-6 at Lazy F Ranch in Ellensburg.

Local participants were joined by members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin counties, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, according to a news release. They practiced public speaking, sharing how the Clubs provided them with opportunities to improve their lives, the release said.

Youths participated in activities preparing them to share their stories. Adult advisors, staff members and former Youth of the Year participants also interviewed candidates.

“My favorite thing about the retreat was meeting so many people and learning about their stories,” said Zoie S., the Youth of the Year candidate from the Mount Vernon Club.

“I like seeing how people grow year over year. Goodness knows that I’ve grown since the first time I did this,” said Paula B., a former Skagit County Youth of the Year and 2019 candidate from the Sedro-Woolley Club.

Both Zoie and Paula intend on pursuing advanced degrees in psychology and law, respectively, in college.

“These youths are all incredibly dedicated,” said Nathan Allen, director of STEM Initiatives for Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. “And they are powerful advocates for the Clubs and their communities.”

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