The small Port Angeles Unit located in the housing authority has been bursting at the seams for more than a year, averaging 90 kids per day. The solution; broaden services! The adjacent duplex and site of the Clubhouse several years ago, was reclaimed and converted to a space suited for teens. The newly opened center currently alleviates pressure on the main Club by offering members ages 13 and up a space of their own. Members worked hard to, clean, organize, and paint, quickly laying claim to the space like only a teenager can! Grants were awarded to the Clubs' from OneFamily Foundation ($10,000) Sound Community Foundation ($5,000) and the Walkling Trust ($1,000) to convert the space and add a dedicated computer lab for this age group.
Members have been attending the Club since elementary school, find themselves looking for that place to belong.
$20,000 Scholarships for Deserving Teens
Luke Kisena, of Sequim, WA, has been named a Maytag Dependable Leader Award winner for his demonstrated dedication to keeping youth on the path to achieve great futures. The award recognizes Boys & Girls Club officials who are committed to making a difference as dependable and exceptional role models.
Through a national partnership, Maytag brand and Boys & Girls Clubs of America selected Kisena as one of 12 winners to receive the distinction, which includes a $20,000 financial grant for the Boys & Girls Club of Olympic Peninsula to provide educational scholarships to Club members.
Kisena has served as the Boys & Girls Club of Olympic Peninsula’s Teen Room Director for six years.
As a result of the top honor and award the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula is pleased to offer the "Maytag Dependable Leader Scholarship.” High school seniors on the peninsula who will continue their education in a two or four year institution are eligible for a one-time $1,500 award.
An eligible applicant is:
•graduating senior form Port Angeles or Sequim
•a Boys & Girls Club member or alumni with Club experience
•Maintaining a GPA of 2.0
•from a low-income family or demonstrate financial need
Eligible candidates interested in applying must complete and sign an application form which includes a one page (or less) personal statement and brief answers to Club, school and community involvement. All applications must be received by May 1, 2015 deadline.