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Terrence (15), Everett

Terrence has faced a multitude of challenges, from medical to family struggles...
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Terrence (15), Everett

Cocoon House



Terrence has been receiving services from every department in Cocoon House for quite some time, and has developed valuable relationships with everyone he meets. From accessing resources at our Drop in Center, to spending several weeks at our Emergency Shelter, and finally coming to our long term housing program to work on developing his independent living skills and prepare for adulthood. Terrence has faced a multitude of challenges, from medical to family struggles, yet through it all Terrence has persevered and never forgotten to have fun and be true to himself.

kai (17), Oakland, Calif.

She has become a leader who is not shy to voice her opinion and is open to other opinions as well...
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Kai (17), Oakland, Calif.

Cocoon House


"I want to go to college and study mental health and clinical psychology."

- Kai


Kai has contributed a lot to Cocoon House since arriving. She has participated in fundraising, was involved in a legislative roundtable, and even helped staff interview potential staff to provide valuable insights and challenging questions. She has become a leader who is not shy to voice her opinion and is open to other opinions as well.

Alana (17), Everett

She met and spoke with a visiting Congresswoman...
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Alana (17), Everett

Cocoon House



Alana has contributed in positive ways to our Housing Program from early on. She met and spoke with a visiting Congresswoman, has stepped up to support both staff and other residents, follows the program structure, and encourages other youths through her positive attitude on life.

Savanna (16), Everett

Savanna faced many struggles since arriving at Cocoon House, but rather than giving up has chosen day after day to keep trying and working with our staff on overcoming barriers to her success. She has befriended others who may have been outcast and continues to mentor them and support her peers as they work towards their own success. This has been shown through her own successes, and the successes of her peers.

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Savanna (16), Everett

Cocoon House


“No child should have to go through what I have went through.”

- Savanna


Savanna faced many struggles since arriving at Cocoon House, but rather than giving up has chosen day after day to keep trying and working with our staff on overcoming barriers to her success. She has befriended others who may have been outcast and continues to mentor them and support her peers as they work towards their own success. This has been shown through her own successes, and the successes of her peers.

From Savanna:

I had a rough childhood. I have learned that in order to get things that I wanted I would need to do it myself and mostly make mistakes from which to learn. I grew up barely seeing my mom and dad and having to be independent by the age of seven. Still I have a good sense of what’s wrong and what is right but mostly I know that being rude to people is not going to get me anywhere in life but in trouble. Every story is different and, like everyone else, no child should have to go through what I have went through.

Bongo, Everett

Despite his entire family being in a shelter, he remains positive and makes healthy choices…
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Bongo, Everett

Cocoon House



Bongo participates in every activity at U-Turn including residential life skills. Despite his entire family being in a shelter, he remains positive and makes healthy choices.

Charles (17), Everett

Charles hopes to continue on to the University of Washington to study Political Science...
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Charles (17), Everett

Cocoon House



Charles continues to make strides towards becoming independent. Most recently he has attained his first job. This after his lengthy volunteer position as an Executive Assistant at Mukilteo City Hall. He is very excited and hopes to work about 16-20 hours a week Monday through Friday while he continues through to graduate from high school. Charles hopes to continue on to the University of Washington to study Political Science.

Gemini (17), Everett

Gemini is a member of the Tulalip Tribes and is very closely tied to her native culture and traditions...
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Gemini (17), Everett

Cocoon House



Gemini is a member of the Tulalip Tribes and is very closely tied to her native culture and traditions. Gemini has faced many difficult challenges, living a life of frequent transitions in the foster care system. But Gemini has made incredible progress while at Cocoon House, building trust with staff and being willing to face her challenges head on. She is developing skills to manage life’s stresses, and making plans for her future, even when that seems scary. Gemini is an artist at heart, and we look forward to seeing her blossom and bring beauty to the world and people around her.

Mia (17), Everett

When you first meet Mia, you may think that she is shy or quiet...
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Mia (17), Everett

Cocoon House



When you first meet Mia, you may think that she is shy or quiet. But after 5 minutes of introductions and getting to know her, you will discover and hear clearly a bubbly teenager with incredible wit and sense of humor who has bright plans for her future. She has faced adversity and challenges, but has been willing to do the work of facing her challenges and working with staff to pursue her own success. Mia plans on finishing high school and continuing on to a local university.

Andrew, Everett

Andrew speaks openly about how the court process has changed his life for the better…
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Andrew Everett

Cocoon House



Andrew is a very engaging young man at U-Turn. He completed all of his community service at U-Turn. He engages all youth that walk in the door. He speaks openly about how the court process has changed his life for the better.

Cody, Everett

Cody is committed to changing his life...
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Cody, Everett

Cocoon House



Cody was in and out of DYC, but now has found employment, follows through with case management and is committed to changing his life.

Sarah, Everett

She takes care of her sick mom and her sisters' kids...
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Sarah, Everett

Cocoon House



Saraha once was on the Becca Bill, but was compliant and is now off.  She has not missed one day of school and takes care of her sick mom and her sisters' kids.

Daniel (15), Seattle

Daniel was raised in a gang-involved, drug-infested home and suffered abuse…
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Daniel (15), Seattle

Cocoon House


"Happiness is a state of mind not a possession."

- Daniel


Daniel was raised in a gang-involved, drug-infested home and suffered abuse. Now he is attending school and doing positive activities like drawing, rapping, and writing.

Chris (17), Everett

He has emerged here as a leader participating in groups, supporting other residents through difficult times, and willing to tell his challenging story...
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Chris (17), Everett

Cocoon House



Chris has made a lot of progress on getting his life situated since entering Cocoon. He has emerged here as a leader participating in groups, supporting other residents through difficult times, and willing to tell his challenging story. Additionally while living at Cocoon House, he has worked very hard at controlling his anger through working with our Counselor and his Case Manager. We are starting to see Chris mature into a young adult focusing on his education and career pathway.

Kyle, Everett

Kyle has been bullied at school and at home…
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Kyle, Everett

Cocoon House



Kyle has been bullied at school and at home but despite that he maintains good grades and is a part of the school band.

Dustin (13), Everett

Dustin walks his sisters to and from school to ensure their safety...
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Dustin (13), Everett

Cocoon House



Dustin is very active at U-Turn, and at the young age of 13, walks his sisters to and from school to ensure their safety. He is very mature and engaging with other youth on the Drop-In floor.

Justin (15), Seattle

Earlier this year Justin encountered one of the most devastating situations that many of us fear...
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Justin (15), Seattle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound


"I want to be the BEST me."

- Justin


What his Big had to say:

Earlier this year Justin encountered one of the most devastating situations that many of us fear when his father suddenly passed away. I have never in my life watched someone confront the death of a parent with so much wisdom and maturation. Although Justin has an older brother, it was as if he instinctively assumed the position of the patriarch in the family. While many individuals (especially children) react to the death of a close loved one with various emotions ranging from guilt and anger to fear and sadness, Justin took the position of being the strength for his family. While it was obviously difficult for Justin's mother and sisters, Justin remained steadfast in showing courage and when acceptable ALWAYS provided his family with a laugh so as to relieve some of the grief if only for a brief moment. More importantly Justin took the initiative to step up inside and outside of the classroom. I like to think that he did this for two reasons: 1 - As a sign of respect to his father and 2 - To make sure his mother has one less thing to worry about. Justin went so far as to work TWO jobs over the summer to help lessen the financial burden his mother has to take on with one less provider in the home. I can honestly say that Justin showed me the true definition of being courageous!

Ximena (12), Seattle

"I believe the world would be a better place if we took a moment to learn from those younger than us…"
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Ximena (12), Seattle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound


"I love to dance, listen to music and cheer for the Seattle Seahawks!"

-Ximena


What her Big had to say:

Ximena and I celebrated our 3rd year anniversary as a Big/Little match this past May. When I first met Ximena, she was 9-years old and in the third grade. I remember her not being confident about school. She would tell me that she believed that she was kept behind a grade because of her academic struggle. Three years later, she has made tremendous strides. Just this past year, she showed me her 6th grade report card with all A's on it! It brought me to tears of joy that she wanted to share with me how well she did in school and show me her report card. I truly believe that it is because of our Big Brother Big Sister partnership that Ximena has grown into a more confident, academically driven, and beautiful young woman. Through mentorship, we've been able to help one another deal with life and better understand it. I tell myself every day that I am so lucky to have been matched with Ximena. She inspires me to be a better person. I believe the world would be a better place if we took a moment to learn from those younger than us and allowed them to be our mentor. We just have to give them a chance to teach us something.

Scott (13), Bellevue

Scott is an amazing kid. He has overcome not having a father around…
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Scott (13), Bellevue

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound


"I want to be a graphic designer when I grow up."

- Scott


What his Big had to say:

Scott Fultz is an amazing kid. He has overcome not having a father around and is quite helpful at home. I’d love to introduce Scott to Seahawks as he has never been to their stadium. This will be new/unique/different for him and we would both appreciate it.

Elias (14), Tacoma

From the time I met Elias, I’ve never witnessed him blaming others or feeling sorry about his situation, and in fact it was the opposite. I saw a young man who embraced an unfortunate circumstance and used it as an opportunity to grow and mature at an early age…

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Elias (14), Tacoma

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound


What his Big had to say:

I have known Elias now since he was 11, and now that he’s 14 it is fantastic to see his growth and maturity continue to develop.  He lost his father at a very young age from brain cancer and he is the oldest of 3 siblings.  From the time I met Elias, I’ve never witnessed him blaming others or feeling sorry about his situation, and in fact it was the opposite.  I saw a young man who embraced an unfortunate circumstance and used it as an opportunity to grow and mature at an early age.  He is a phenomenal role model and model citizen for his siblings and peers.  Elias is a three-sport athlete and maintains an “A” average in all his classes.  We are volunteering and walking at the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk in an effort to both celebrate the life of his father and teach him about community service and servings others.  In my opinion, Elias at a very early age ‘gets it’ and is on a fantastic trajectory.

Yasmina, Seattle

I have been matched with Yasmina and she has amazed me with her ability to give back to the community…
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Yasmina, Seattle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound



What her Big had to say:

I have been matched with Yasmina for the past 6 months and she has amazed me with her ability to give back to the community regardless of time and resources available to her. This past summer while she was out of school she helped start up the Lake City Animal Shelter. She has also picked up an additional family responsibility by watching her younger autistic brother while her mom is away. Helping watch and take care of her brother has given her mom the ability to attend to other family needs. While she watches her brother she has volunteered to cook the family dinners and clean the house, going above and beyond her designated chores. I have been quite impressed with Yasmina’s growth over the past few months and I am fortunate to have such an amazing Little.

Jalen (12), Seattle

Football helped him understand he was not overweight but just big for his age...
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Jalen (12), Seattle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound


""I want to be a NFL football player."

- Jalen


What his Big had to say:

Jalen was born a premature child. When he started grade school Jalen was one of biggest boys in his class. So much larger that the other children teased him for being overweight. Being teased was a huge struggle for Jalen from first through third grade. Jalen learned to overcome that kind of bullying. He began to play football in the second grade and became a very good player and teammate, earning several accolades for his performances. Football helped him understand he was not overweight but just big for his age. Jalen’s confidence on the football field has allowed him to overcome being teased by his classmates, his ability to overlook their comments is one of his many positive attributes.

Brain (15), Graham

"Brian is part of a family that fosters numerous children at one time and he is often forgotten…"
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Brain (15), Graham

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound


"I am determined to be the best person I can be no matter what I choose to do in life."

- Brain


What his Big had to Say:

Brian is part of a family that fosters numerous children at one time; he is often forgotten and has to take the back seat to children who have a dire situation on their hands. He takes all of this in stride and continues to show maturity and love for his family and siblings. He also is doing well in school despite his circumstances. Brian is doing well in school and does a fantastic job working with his parents when new foster children come into the home. Helping his mother with taking care of the kids. I have nothing but respect for Brian.

Richie (12), Seattle

Raised by his loving, single mother, Richie is the man of the house…
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Richie (12), Seattle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound



What his Big had to say:

Richie and I have been matched for three years and during that time I've watched him mature from a boy to the beginnings of a young man. Raised by his loving, single mother, Richie is the man of the house with the extra responsibilities and chores that go along with that title. As a career, Richie would like to be a software developer and is working to improve his math skills for future success in that area of career interest. Richie is a thoughtful, polite and eager to learn and I look forward to seeing the man he will become.

Ally (12), Bellevue

Regardless of hardships, Ally has dreams of attending Stanford and studying Law...
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Ally (12), Bellevue

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound



What her Big had to say:

Alejandra shares her life with her fraternal twin, Sandra. Ally, the nickname I know her by, lives with her father who has custody of her and her sister. Her sister has struggled academically, socially, and emotionally but Ally has been a rock for Sandra, tutoring her through several classes they both take at school, all while dealing with her own emotional conflicts. While her father works three jobs and her family struggles to make financial ends meet, Ally takes care of herself and her sister while maintaining a steady GPA of 3.2 to 3.5 each term. Regardless of these hardships, Ally has dreams of attending Standford and studying Law.

Asa (13), Issaquah

He is learning Spanish to fulfill his dreams...
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Asa (13), Seattle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound



What his Big had to say:

Asa is a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks. He works hard on improving his academics at school, despite some personal challenges he had to overcome during the last school year. He is learning Spanish to fulfill his dreams. One of his dreams is becoming a professional football or basketball player and for that he works out and trains every day no matter the season. He travels the country for basketball and is one of his team's best players. He also plays in the Eastside Christian football team as a Crusader and is a great teammate and role model for his peers and younger players.

Aliyah, Seattle

Aliyah has been participating in Young Ladies of Today and Tomorrow, where she is learning about respect, etiquette, self-confidence, goal setting and being a good citizen in your community...
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Aliyah, Seattle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound



What her Big had to say:

Aliyah is an outgoing, friendly girl who is willing and likes to help others in her school, church and wider community. For the last two years, Aliyah has volunteered behind the scenes at the school’s talent show and has been a “big buddy” during the Kindergarten Round-Up, greeting and helping new kindergarten kids during their first week at school. Aliyah loves to bake and about once a month she bakes cookies and takes them to school to share with her friends and teachers. She also bakes and volunteers for her church bake sale, has visited a local hospital to pass out small gifts, candy and cocoa to patients during the holidays, and donates canned goods to a local shelter. For the past couple years, Aliyah has been participating in a group called Young Ladies of Today and Tomorrow, where she is learning about respect, etiquette, self-confidence, goal setting and being a good citizen in your community. So far, I think she is rising to the occasion. Next up….Aliyah and her mom will soon begin volunteering together at 12 Steps Café, helping provide food and services to people recovering from alcohol addiction.

Elaizah (16), Kirkland

Elaizah often has to work harder than most students due to lack of resources…
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Elaizah (16), Kirkland

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound


"I want to be a winner that not only drives for success but also as an inspiration to others."

- Elaizah


What her Big had to say:

Elaizah and I have been matched for 4½ years and she continues to impress me with her ability to overcome challenges in her life and still succeed. One of those successes is her continued work to maintain good grades in school. Elaizah often has to work harder than most students due to lack of resources. At a young age she had to learn some hard lessons. Access to internet and reliable rides are not given things in her life. Yet missing homework assignments becuase of these problems still results in a zero on the assignment. She understood and accepted the challenge that meant she would have to try harder to get her school work done. Whether it's staying after school and working out rides with friends or adjusting to others schedules to get what she needs Elaizah gets her assignments done, studies hard and maintains good grades.

Jazmyne, Buckley

As she struggles to find a place where she belongs, she constantly searching for the people in her life that care about her…
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Jazmyne, Buckley

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound



What her Big had to day:

Jazmyne moved from University Place to Buckley last winter. She relates to children much younger than her better than those her own age. She constantly struggles at school because of her dyslexia. Since moving she has found it hard making new friends, feeling like she fits in, and making progress in school. With the extra distance between us, we no longer see each other as much and she sometimes feels like I do not care as much about her either. As she struggles to find her new normal, and a place where she belongs, she is constantly searching for the people in her life that care about her.

Delsaac, Tacoma

DeIssac and his family recently moved to a new town which means a new school district and friends...
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DeIssac, Tacoma

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound



What his Big had to say:

I would like to begin by saying what an amazing young man DeIssac is. Although only having spent just under a year with him it is clear that he is an extremely auspicious youth. He is always extremely inquisitive, bright, and most importantly engaged and ready to learn. DeIssac and his family recently moved to a new town which means a new school district and friends. This can be extremely distressing in itself, but it is also his first year attending public school yet he seems to be coping fairly well. Currently he is two games into the football season where he participates as a starter. He has also been running track. He is an extremely passionate player and expects a lot from himself. Growing up in a single alternative style family I know from experience that it can be rough at times, but given these obstacles he appears to remain optimistic and excited about the day and the future to come.

Riley (12), University Point

Ask Riley and he will tell you his favorite team is “the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks!”...
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Riley (12), University Point

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound


"I would want to be Richard Sherman. Sherman is the best defensive player in the NFL."

- Riley


What his Big had to say:

Life is full of ups and downs. Part of growing up is learning to find a balance between the two. Riley copes with ADHD and has struggled concentrating in school. In the past, Riley has acted out making lasting friendship difficult. Riley is overcoming another difficult situation having not seen his father since he was six months old. This fact has become a difficult pill to swallow now that he is at an age where he is aware that other kids have a dad in their lives. A way for Riley to deal with stress is to compete and play sports. He is a natural athlete and is praised for his athletic ability. Riley is learning to channel his competitive nature and high energy level gaining confidence every step of the way. Riley’s favorite sport, without a doubt, is football. Ask Riley and he will tell you his favorite team is “the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks!” He loves the team so much that he free-hand draws pictures of the Seahawk’s emblem which he uses to decorate his room like wallpaper. According to his mom, for the first time this school year seems different. Riley is overcoming his ADHD by learning to manage his impulses and think before he speaks/acts. Riley is slowly finding a balance and wants to do as well in school as he does on the field! He is becoming a kind, considerate student-athlete and I’m proud to say he’s one of my best friends.

Emily (12), Des Moines

She now wants to be a firefighter, police officer, or a veterinarian…
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Emily (12), Des Moines

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound



What her Big had to say:

As far as things to consider, Emily is a very patient kid that adapts without complaint to her flux of family life. She is a girl that wants to be active in our time together. She was a real help to me when we were out playing last December and I tore a meniscus in my left knee. It was extremely painful to me, I could not weight bear on that leg and we were a good distance to get back to the car. She said to put my arm over her shoulder and she would carry me back to the car. As I was in an incredible amount of pain, I was crying out loud that I hope the scheduled knee replacement I was to have the following month would still happen. Emily then said to me 'lets just worry about getting to the car right now'. I could hardly believe how mature she was and how much help she was at the age of 12 years! She now wants to be a firefighter, police officer, or a veterinarian when she grows up and has expressed interest in volunteering for an animal organization. She has also made the school soccer team for the first time! I am a very proud BIG!

Alexandra (15), Seattle

Alexandra's family emigrated to the US from Russia when she was 8...
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Aleandra (15), Seattle

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What her Big had to say:

Alexandra's family emigrated to the US from Russia when she was 8. They initially lived in a series of shelters in South Seattle before moving to a low-income apartment in central Seattle. In her first years in the United States, Alexandra struggled with limited English fluency, cultural integration challenges and shyness. Alexandra and I were matched when she was 9 years old and have been together for almost seven years. Now a rising junior in high school, Alexandra is self-motivated, gregarious and thriving. She just started the running start program at a local community college this fall, where she is taking three AP classes. In addition to her running start coursework, she is commuting back to her high-school to participate in drama, play the violin in her school orchestra, and run varsity cross country and track. I couldn't be prouder to be her big sister.

Tommy (12), Sumner

Tommy is continuing to overcome difficult situations at home and at school...
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Tommy (12), Sumner

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What his Big had to say:

Tommy is continuing to overcome difficult situations at home and at school. I recently heard of a bullying situation at his school which he is working to overcome. He’s facing a lot on the school front and the home front but still seems to be pulling through. I heard that he is probably moving with his mom to Sumner so I’m sure that transition will be difficult as well. Altogether I think the kid is doing great given the circumstances and I'm continually pushing him to give it his best in the classroom.

Elena (12), Bellevue

It’s wonderful seeing Elena smiling more often now...
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Elena (12), Bellevue

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sounds



What her Big had to say:

Elena has made great strides socially and academically since we were matched up two years ago. She has worked very hard at developing, acquiring, and practicing good social and communication skills. She has made and kept new friends. It’s wonderful seeing Elena smiling more often now. She seems happier and more relaxed these days. She also seems to be enjoying school much better now. Last year, she achieved a better GPA than the previous year. As her Big Sister, I’m very proud of her!

Sara (15), Seattle

Sara had personal challenges early in her life…
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Sara (15), Seattle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound


"I want to be an independent, successful person who works hard for what I want and also has fun."

- Sarah


What her Big had to say:

Sara has always been focused on academics, which I am very proud of her for. She has a goal of obtaining a 4.0 throughout high school and has been working toward that goal. She has been considering her future options and is weighing the benefits of running start. She has identified engineering as a possible college major and is looking into the requirements of The University of Washington (UW) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Sara had personal challenges early in her life, but has been working through them. Sara struggled a bit with her identity, bullying (she was bullied), and a toxic boyfriend her freshman year; however she decided sophomore year to be a fresh start. Sara clarified her values and her decision to making healthy choices including making a commitment to avoiding drugs and alcohol during high school. She has made an effort to identify and prioritize her goals, develop healthy coping skills, and work towards healthy relationships. I know Sara loves the Seahawks and I want to take this opportunity to brag about all the work and progress she has made!

Bryce (13), Seattle

Bryce was the hardest hit of his three brothers when his father was sent to jail...
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Bryce (13), Seattle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound


"I am an animal-lover and I love my family, I want to do good in life anyway that I can."

- Bryce


What his Big had to say:

Bryce was 9-years old when he joined the Big Brothers program and we met for the first time at his house in West Seattle. The middle child in a single parent home, he was the hardest hit of his three brothers when his father was sent to jail. It was hard to understand when his father fell victim to struggles after recovering from an injury he sustained in the Army Rangers. Without his dad, Bryce just needed someone to spend time with and relate to. The Big Brothers Program did that and more. Not only have we spent significant amounts of time together just hanging out and talking, we have also had amazing opportunities to participate in events (like going to Seahawks games) that we would have not otherwise been able to do. Now Bryce is in his last year of middle school and about to prepare for high school. He has grown from a child lost in his thoughts to a young man with a bright future. Bryce has always done well in school and actively participates in his community by being part of just about every sport you can imagine. There's no doubt that the Big Brothers Program also provided him an excellent outlet to spend time doing fun activities and have experiences that he would not have otherwise been able to have as part of his development into being a young man.

Jesus, Seattle

As the oldest of five children in an extremely low income family, Jesus gracefully and lovingly cares for his four siblings...
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Jesus, Seattle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound



What his Big had to say:r:

Jesus is an amazing young man in an extremely difficult situation. As the oldest of five children in an extremely low income family, Jesus gracefully and lovingly cares for his four siblings regularly when his mother is away from home (which can be hours or sometimes even days,) including his youngest brother, a toddler. Jesus shows tremendous caring for other kids in his community as well, regularly volunteering at the local community center. While struggling with significant learning disabilities, Jesus demonstrates tremendous tenacity and dedication in school. Despite his young age, he has managed to get himself up and off to school everyday and works hard to overcome the challenges in class and at home. With a mother who does not speak English and no computer or easy access to technology, Jesus is at a severe disadvantage compared to other kids. Yet he perseveres, demonstrating impressive resilience and resolve. Jesus commonly faces adversity and neglect that can be extremely demoralizing, depriving him of a "normal" childhood. He rarely has things to look forward to nor opportunities to experience the joy that comes from special occasions such as attending a football game. Jesus is a rabid sports fan, who like the rest of us is crazy for the Seahawks. He has never had the opportunity to see a game in person, and likely won't given his family's financial situation. As such, attending Sunday's game would be truly a chance of a lifetime that would have a profound impact on this special young man.

Jazmin, Seattle

Jazmin lives with her grandparents, uncle, mother, and sister and brother…
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Jazmin, Seattle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound



What the program had to say:

A fun loving 12 year old, Jazmin has the ability to make anyone feel welcome and included. She is outgoing, energetic, and giving. Jazmin lives with her grandparents, uncle, mother, and sister and brother. She has been a big help to her family by caring for her siblings and aiding with chores and cooking dinner. Jazmin, a 7th grader in Seattle Public Schools, has spent the first few weeks of this school year welcoming new students to her middle school. She has set academic goals for herself around mathematics, and loves to read—she and her Big Sis spend a lot of time at the library together. Despite some of the challenges she’s had, Jazmin shows great strides in becoming more assertive and willing to try new things. Jazmin and her family watch all of the Seahawk’s games — attending a Seahawk’s game would be a unifying experience for her and her family.

Charlie, Seattle

Charlie regularly helps out at the local retirement home where ever he is needed…
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Charlie, Seattle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound



What his Big had to say:

Charlie has been a great little brother and is developing to be a good member of the society. At a young age, he was adopted by his parents who have done an amazing job at raising him, especially in terms of his academics and community service. Charlie regularly helps out at the local retirement home where ever he is needed. He does this not because his parents make him, but rather to help out in the community which is honorable. At the same time, he is focused on learning and has performed exceptionally well the last two years in school. I remember myself at his age and only wish I had half the enthusiasm about school as he shows. Since meeting Charlie nearly three years ago, it is clear that he is on a path to become a great young adult.

Charles (16), Seattle

Charles didn’t have many positive male influences in his life...
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Charles (16), Seattle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound


"I want to be a pro skater! Why? Because skating gives me life, freedom, and I enjoy doing it everyday."

- Charles


What his big had to say:

When I first met Charles four years ago, I was informed that his father was headed to jail for a short stint and that he didn’t have many positive male influences in his life. He was guarded of new people and was getting into trouble at school. Underneath the tough exterior though, I could tell there was a supremely kind individual with immense talents. Charles is always willing to lend a helping hand and is quick with a smile and positive encouragement. He told me that he played the drums for his church choir but I didn’t realize how good he was until we went into a Guitar Center one day and he started improvising a drumbeat that blew away not only me but others in the store. Charles has recently been studying and practicing his driving skills so that he can obtain his license to be able to assist his mother with household tasks since she has mobility issues. He’s also making great strides in school, staying out of trouble and on track to graduate in 2016. I see great promise and hope in Charles’ life. Despite the challenges of his upbringing he still maintains a positive outlook and is determined to make a positive contribution to his family and society.

Sydney (14), Spokane

Growing up Sydney only had her mom in her life. The club has changed her life...
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Sydney (14), Spokane

North Seattle Boys & Girls Club


"The Boys and Girls Club has really changed me."

- Sydney


Why her club selected her:

Sydney participates in many programs at the Club and at school. Her bubbly personality and kind heart are what make her a good leader! She truly cares about those around her and loves playing with our younger members. She enjoys giving back to her community! Growing up Sydney only had her mom in her life. She was 11 when she started to come to the club. The club has changed her life she says. Every year her grades improve, her attitude towards everything is GREAT, she started playing sports, and even experienced activities she wouldn't normally be able to do. She now is a freshman in high school as well as a leader in the club and in her community.

Johnson (14), Seattle

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Johnson (14), Seattle

North Seattle Boys & Girls Club



Why his club selected him:

Johnson is the type of kid who everyone gets along with. He is always smiling, happy, and willing to help. Even when things are tough at home he comes to the club with a smile that brightens up the room. Johnson is a natural leader and others look up to him because he is caring, kind and responsible! Johnson was able to attend the national keystone conference in Anaheim this past April. Because of the club he was able to do things he wouldn't been able to imagine otherwise.

His parents have made the biggest impact in his life because they work really hard to help me with everything. He wants to be an engineer at Boeing.

Isaiah (15), Seattle

Isaiah wants to go to the United States Naval Academy and become an aerospace engineer...
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Isaiah (15), Seattle

Rotary Boys & Girls Club



Why his club selected him:

Isaiah is Keystone member. He spent his entire summer volunteering at the club. He is also our youth of the quarter. Isaiah want to go to the United States Naval Academy and become an aerospace engineer.

Isaac (16), Seattle

Wubby (Isaac) was chosen for this honor because of the incredible young man he has become. Being one of twelve in a household, Wubby is an incredible caretaker, brother, mentor and friend to everyone he comes in contact with, no matter what their age. Wubby is a junior at Highline High School and is a standout football player... he is also deaf.. 

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Isaac "Wubby" (16), Seattle

Southwest Boys & Girls Club


Why his club selected him:

Wubby (Isaac) was chosen for this honor because of the incredible young man he has become. Being one of 12 in a household, Wubby is an incredible caretaker, brother, mentor and friend to everyone he comes in contact with, no matter what their age. Wubby is a junior at Highline High School and is a standout football player. What makes Wubby so unique in his football playing is that he is deaf. For many years, Wubby didn't tell anyone, not even his parents, he just learned how to read lips and amazingly play off the movement of the football snap when he played. He idolizes Derrick Coleman, because for so many years, he thought he was the only one, so he's excited to know there are more people like him who have also overcome adversity.

Greetings,

My name is Isaac and I was selected by the Boys and Girls Club because of my commitment to my community, my good grades and that I play High School Football.

The Boys and Girls Club has made a huge impact on my life. I go there every day to do homework, hang out with friends, and even give back to my club by being involved with my teen leadership group called Keystone. The Boys and Girls Club has given me the opportunities that many youth these days don't get and I thank them for that, they also help me with my goals and what I want to achieve in my future such as going to college, and playing in the NFL.

I want to attend the University of Washington and major in engineering and also play football. My goal is to attend four years and get drafted in to the NFL and have a successful career. I know that I have to work real hard to achieve my goals, but I know that I have a great support team and I am determined to achieve my dreams. Sports has been a huge part of my life, and I love that I had the chance to play football with both of my brothers during high school, that is probably the best sports memories that I will cherish forever.

I know that these goals can be accomplished with hard work and determination. I also have a hearing impairment. I am totally deaf on my left side and about 70% on my right side. I have been reading lips to get by for years ever since I was in the 2nd grade, but I never let that bother me or stop me from doing what I want to. There are many people that are ashamed of being deaf or not able to hear, and many people think that we are being rude, but that is not the case it's because we can't hear you unless you talk to us so we can read your lips.

I am very thankful for everything I have and for my family that supports me. I am proud of who I am and who I will become. I have overcome many things in my life and I am very thankful for those people who took the time to help me get here.

- Isaac

Jake (14), Seattle

The Boys and Girls Club changed him from being "an annoying middle schooler"...
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Jake (14), Seattle

Rotary Boys & Girls Club



Why his club selected him:

He recently transitioned into a Counselor In Training (CIT). His behavior has changed for the better and has become a great leader for our school aged kids.

Becoming a CIT changed his outlook on life and he stopped being "an annoying middle schooler" as he put it. He credits the Ballard Boys and Girls Club for having the biggest impact on his life. He wants to become a pilot for Alaska Airlines.

Megan (15), Seattle

Megan is an outstanding leader who demonstrates a positive attitude...
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Megan (15), Seattle

North Seattle Boys & Girls Club


"The biggest impact in my life comes from my mom and dad."

- Megan


Why her club selected her:

Megan has volunteered countless hours at the Club this past summer through our Counselor In Training program. She helped in the office and ran programs for our younger members. Meagan is an outstanding leader who demonstrates a positive attitude, willingness to help and always gives 100% to what she is doing!

Herman (15), Seattle

"My uncle has taught me a lot in my life and it has really helped..."
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Herman (15), Seattle

Smilow Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club


"My uncle has taught me a lot in my life and it has really helped."

- Herman


Why his club selected him:

As a new 10th grader Herman is no stranger to struggle. Throughout his elementary and middle school years in school he read below grade level and found reading very difficult. Through help and assistance he began to read various signs and words around him. Herman was also committed to attending the Smilow Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club where he participated in "Power Hour," a Club-wide program that provides tutoring and academic support. Today, Herman is no longer fearful of reading and is an excellent student at O'dea High School. Through hard work, commitment and support of family, mentors and staff at SRV, he is entering 10th grade reading at his grade level with improved grammar and more confidence than ever! Herman enjoys math and geometry. He aspires to be an engineer and be like his favorite uncle Billy who is a Boeing Engineer.

Sierra (14), Mercer Island

Sierra has faced quite a bit of adversity throughout her life...
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Sierra (14), Mercer Island

Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club



Why her club selected her:

A consistent member at the club, Sierra has faced quite a bit of adversity throughout her life. Not having both of her parents in her life, her aunt has been a positive role model for her. She has also taken on a role of helping her younger brother when she can, constantly setting a good example for him. Despite these challenges, she is involved not only at the club as a leader and CIT, but in athletic programs as well and always has a smile on her face every time we see her. Staff know that Sierra is a reliable leader at the club and whenever they need assistance, she is one of the first teens that is asked. We are so pleased to give Sierra this opportunity!

She says her best friend has made the biggest impact on her life. She aspires to be a neurologist. Her favorite sports memory was when she got hit in the face during volleyball. She clearly has a great sense of humor.

Lamar (15), Seattle

The new and improved Lamar knows what it is like to be shy...
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Lamar (15), Seattle

Smilow Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club



Why his club selected him:

The new and improved Lamar knows what it is like to be shy, insecure and afraid to meet new people and express himself. As a quiet 15 year old, Lamar knew that his social skills were impacting his school performance and that is why he desired change. As a member of the Smilow Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club, Lamar sought homework help in math, science and language arts. As a result, he has turned his once D & E grades in to C's & B's and has a boost of confidence! Lamar's favorite subject is World History. He is an avid drummer who plays for the Rainier Beach High School Drum Line and his local church. Lamar is not certain about his college major, but he aspires to attend college at UW or UCLA.

Who or what has impacted his life the most? "The Vista and my mom." That's pretty good company.

Jade (12), Seattle

Jade hopes to work at Microsoft in the future...
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Jade (12), Seattle

Rotary Boys & Girls Club



Why her club selected her:

Jade participated in our SMART (Science, Math, Art, Reading and Technology) summer program. She's always willing to learn as well as helping others. Also, she give tours of the club for potential donors and board members.

She hopes to work at Microsoft in the future.

Declan (12), Seattle

One of his friend dropped out of the program and he wanted to drop out as well but...
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Declan (12), Seattle

Rotary Boys & Girls Club



Why his club selected him:

Declan participated in our SMART (Science, Math, Art, Reading and Technology) summer program. One of his friend dropped out of the program and he wanted to drop out as well. Staff encouraged him to stay and complete his project. He didn't give up. He completed his project.

Declan wants to play professional basketball or become a lawyer.

Jacob (15), Seattle

Jacob is one of Mercer Island's stand-out teens...
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Jacob (15), Seattle

Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club



Why his club selected him:

Jacob is one of Mercer Island's stand-out teens. Jacob comes to the club most days right after school for open gym. He is always very polite and outgoing. Jacob also helps out during our youth basketball seasons by officiating games. Jacob is always willing to lend a helping hand. We love having Jacob here at the club and are honored to recognize Jacob!

In life Jacob just wants to play basketball.

Shae (16), Mercer Island

Shae is one of those kids that the club has impacted immensely...
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Shae (16), Mercer Island

Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club


"My friends and family have really been my biggest supporters."

- Shae


Why her club selected her:

Shae is one of those kids that the club has impacted immensely. When she started at the club, she was one to get in trouble with staff. Now, Shae, is a positive example to younger members and helps to hold her peers and other club kids accountable. She has grown up with a single mom and has taken on responsibilities of helping mentor her younger brother and setting a positive example for him. Even though Shae is involved in many extracurriculars, especially basketball, she always makes time to stop by the club to help out or to even visit with the staff and other members. We are so glad we can give Shae this amazing recognition!

Leilani (14), Seattle

Leilani is our current Youth of the Year at the young age of 14...
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Leilani (14), Seattle

Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club


"The Boys and Girls Club gave me a place to go every day and kept my life on track and has always been a positive place for me to go. I want to get good grades and go to medical school after high school. I would also like the do the Running Start program."

- Leilani


Why her club selected her:

Leilani is our current Youth of the Year at the young age of 14! She has been a member since she was 5 years old. She has spend more hours at the club than some staff people as her mom is a staff member of almost 10 years. Leilani has put in countless volunteer hours at the club being the first member there in the morning and the last to leave at closing. She has been a perfect role model for other kids while at the club (as the child of staff you are held to a much higher standard to help dispel the thought of favoritism) with her friendliness and helpfulness to both the staff and her peers. Leilani set high standards for herself when it came to both moral behavior and her academics. In 7th grade she made a "life plan" complete with illustrations and goals ~ her main goal is to be a pediatrician and help children in countries who do not have the same medical care as we do here in the USA. Leilani has maintained a GPA of between 3.5 and 4.0 during middle school and just started her freshman year in high school. She has received many awards and honors and has worked hard to be deserving of every one of them!

Labrina (16), Seattle

Soft-spoken, yet ambitious personality Labrina Robinson is a rising star...
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Labrina (16), Seattle

Smilow Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club


"My friends and family have really been my biggest supporters."

- Shae


Why her club selected her:

Soft-spoken, yet ambitious personality Labrina Robinson is a rising star. She is no stranger to shying away from meeting new people, talking to adults and expressing herself in class and on projects. Through persistence and commitment Labrina joined the Rebranding Taskforce at the Smilow Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club --Teen Center to help create a new look and inviting atmosphere for her fellow club members. As a result of her perfect Taskforce attendance and her regular participation at the SRV Teen Center, Labrina now knows what it means to experience new and trusting relationships while acquiring new communication skills. Through her interaction with other teens, committed staff and a willingness to explore new opportunities, Labrina found her voice. Labrina is a 10th grader at Cleveland High School, who enjoys pasta, African cuisine and history. She has expressed interest in law; however, she is keeping her college and career options open.

Kenzi (12), Seattle

"I have a new outlook on life and have changed my attitude."
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Kenzi (12), Seattle

Ballard Boys & Girls Club


"I have a new outlook on life and have changed my attitude.Thanks to The Boys and Girls Club."

- Kenzi


Why her club selected her:

She spent last school year struggling with friendships, school work and home life. After taking time away most of the summer when she returned she has shown leadership within the middle school program. Always making sure others and herself are on task and going above and beyond to be a big heal to staff.

Interesting sports trivia about Kenzi is that she lost her first tooth at a Mariners game. Kenzi hopes to be a doctor one day. Perhaps a dentist, then, huh?

Alec (15), Seattle

Alec wants to work full-time for the The Ballard Boys and Girls Club...
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Alec (15), Seattle

Ballard Boys & Girls Club



Why his club selected him:

Alec recently left our Middle School program and transitioned into our Keystone Teen Leadership Program. His journey at the club has been a tough one because of home, school and club issues. This summer he dedicated his time to volunteering at the club. His attitude and self-esteem has improved greatly because he finally sees a purpose to the things that he does for others within his volunteer work.

Alec wants to work full-time for the The Ballard Boys and Girls Club some day.

Tairi (12), Tukwilla

"I was told when I was young, to cherish the smallest things the most."
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Tairi (12), Tukwilla

Renway Boys & Girls Club


"I was told when I was young, to cherish the smallest things the most."

- Tairi


Why his club selected him:

Tairi became a club member at the beginning of last school year. Tairi is a reflective young man who is very much struggling with self-motivation and self-responsibility. He does well in school when he is focused. He has shown maturity this past school year and has made efforts to engage in our programming at the club. The staff recognizes that he needs to be acknowledged for this accomplishments. Tairi is currently starting 7th grade and by receiving this honor to be one of the Legion of Youth, we hope to start this school year off on a positive beat for him.

Denzel (12), Seattle

Denzel came to the Boys and Girls Club under tragic circumstances...
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Denzel (12), Seattle

Renway Boys & Girls Club


"After the death of my father in December, Momma Dee had my back."

- Denzel


Why his club selected him:

Denzel has been a member since last December and currently in the 7th grade. He came to our Club under tragic circumstances. Despite these odds he quickly made great strides to assimilate into the Club and all of our activities. It was difficult for him in the first few months but the staff was there to support him and he would respond very quickly to the encouragement and brighten up. He is very well mannered and offers to help whenever he can. He just completed our summer teen program and made a stand out effort in working hard physically in our Triple Play Drills & Skills Camp and won an award for his dedication. He also maintained a positive and fun attitude the entire summer! He plays football and is an avid Hawks fan!

Denzel wants to go to college at UW where he plans to play football and study engineering.

Montae (18), Seattle

Montae is a stand-out senior at Highline High School...
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Montae (18), Seattle

Southwest Boys & Girls Club



Why his club selected him:

Montae is a stand-out senior at Highline High School and is a football, basketball and track athlete. Montae was chosen to be a part of the Legion of Youth for a few reasons; he has been a club member for the past 13 years and when he's here he is always helping out and is a good role model for our younger members. He struggles a little bit in school but is on a mission this year to play sports and raise his grades.

Montae wants to go to college and play in the NFL one day.

Firaol (16), Seattle

Firaol is a wonderful older brother constantly helping his younger brother and sister...
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Firaol (16), Seattle

Wallingford Boys & Girls Club


What do you want to do in life? "Have a family and a good life."

- Firaol


Why his club selected him:

Firaol has been a great help to Wallingford Boys and Girls Club and the people around him. Always willing to help someone else and seeking nothing for it. He is a wonderful older brother constantly helping his younger brother and sister. Whether it is with homework, picking them up from the Boys and Girls Club or dropping them off and making sure they have everything they need for the day and field trips. While still managing to play sports and do good academically.

He says his favorite sports memory was when he got three sacks, two fumble recoveries and six tackles to save the game for his team.

Lulu (17), Seattle

Lulu has been a member of the Club for many years...
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Lulu (17), Seattle

Southwest Boys & Girls Club



Why her club selected her:

Lulu has been a member of the Club for many years, but most recently very active in the past two years within our teen leadership group called Keystone. She was chosen to be a part of the Legion of Youth because she is an incredible young woman with so much to offer; she's driven to succeed, gets good grades, is kind to everyone, holds herself accountable, as well as, her friends, and is our current Youth of the Quarter. While maintaining her good grades, Lulu finds time to come to the Club, manage her school's football team and participate in basketball.

LuLu wants to go to college and become a social worker.

Alex (14), Tacoma

Alex is one of our newer teens to the Wallingford Boys and Girls Club...
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Alex (14), Tacoma

Wallingford Boys & Girls Club



Why his club selected him:

Alex is one of our newer teens to the Wallingford Boys and Girls Club. For a while he was quiet and didn't really talk, but through sports at the club he managed to meet new people and build relationships with our members and staff. He has grown a lot since he first walked into our doors. He has matured, he talks about school more often and has started to become more involved with the club. Alex is a wonderful teen who just needs to realize his potential and be comfortable putting himself out there.

>He credits his mom for being the biggest impact in his life.

Sergei (16), Seattle

Year after year Sergei comes back...
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Sergei (16), Seattle

Wallingford Boys & Girls Club



Why his club selected him:

Sergei is a long time member of the Wallingford Boys and Girls Club. Year after year he comes back to help around the club every summer through our Counselor in Training Program. While still managing to get good grades and land an internship with Microsoft. Sergei is one of those teens where you can tell the sky is the limit due to his work ethic and determination to be great.

Sergei says his move from Russia to Seattle and then adapting to life in the USA has made a huge impact in his life. He aspires to be a mechanical or structural engineer.

Naser (17), White Center

Naser is a natural leader among his peers and with younger members...
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Naser (17), White Center

Southwest Boys & Girls Club



Why his club selected him:

Naser is a senior at Evergreen High School and also a Running Start student at South Seattle Community College. Naser is a natural leader among his peers and with younger members in the Club. It showed this summer when he worked in our summer camp program as an assistant staff, he was able to run activities and really engage younger member. Naser was our 2014 Youth of the Year for the Southwest Club and has plans to attend the University of Washington to become a doctor.

He not only wants to study medicine at the University of Washington, he hopes to become a pediatrician, or as he puts it " a children's doctor."