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Deon (13), Auburn

While he is still figuring out what his career goals are, he has decided that college is in his future…
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Deon (13), Auburn

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Jamal loves going to school to learn new things. While he is still figuring out what his career goals are, he has decided that college is in his future and is dedicated to focusing on his grades so that he can achieve this goal. In his spare time, he enjoys video games and watching and playing sports.

Aman (16), Seattle

Aman is enjoying his high school years learning new subjects…
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Aman (16), Seattle

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Aman is enjoying his high school years learning new subjects, spending time with his friends, rapping and gaming. He is college bound with goals of opening his own youth center.

Desean (15), Auburn

He sees it as the gateway to his dream job…
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Desean (15), Auburn

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Darrel is focused on his education because he knows how important it is to his future success in life. He sees it as the gateway to his dream job. He is a huge football fan and loves to watch and play it as much as possible while making time for his studies of course.

Brandon (13), Enumclaw

Brandon was placed in the foster care system at birth. He was born drug addicted and took weeks to recover from withdrawal...

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Brandon (13), Enumclaw

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"I don't take life too hard; I just take what life gives me."

Denver


Brandon has always dreamed of playing football. After years of bouncing around from foster home to foster home, he feels so fortunate to have joined the Cormier household where team sports are a family affair. Brandon shared that the Cormiers “make sure we have lots of activities to keep us on the path to success.”

Brandon was placed in the foster care system at birth. He was born drug addicted and took weeks to recover from withdrawal. Despite this rough start, which resulted in significant physical growth challenges as well as autism, Brandon embraces his life with fierce optimism.

When he joined the Cormier family, he was thrilled to be reunited with his biological brother Colton. Together, they enjoy wrestling with Team Aggression and their school team. Brandon is also a fan of music, gaming, Taekwondo, and computers. It should come as no surprise that his favorite classes at school right now are computer class and band.

Brandon also likes to give back and help other kids in the foster care system. He helps his family host a coat drive every year to make sure kids have warm winter coats. He also volunteered for Treehouse selling game day programs at a pre-season Seahawks game this past August, raising thousands of dollars to support kids in care.

Brandon is also a dedicated student. He is working hard with his Treehouse Education Specialist Skylar to pave a path towards his goal for the future. “When I graduate, I dream of working for Microsoft developing computer games,” Brandon shared.

At Treehouse, we help youth in foster care graduate from high school with a plan for their future. We are so proud of Brandon’s achievements thus far and look forward to continuing to support him on his journey towards his bright future.

Aydin (15), Auburn

Aydin is an avid football player, Seahawks fan, and devoted friend…
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Aydin (15), Auburn

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Aydin is an avid football player, Seahawks fan, and devoted friend. He is dedicated to his schoolwork so that he can pursue his dream of becoming a mechanical engineer. His favorite part of school is working with his friends on group projects.

Michael (17)

Michael has his future all mapped ou…
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Michael (17)

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Michael has his future all mapped out. He aims to go to college, get a degree in psychology and then pursue a job in law enforcement. His favorite part of school is learning about the passions and lifestyles of his peers who are from all different backgrounds.

Henry (17), Seattle

Recently he discovered he also has a passion for science…
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Henry (17), Seattle

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Henry has a number of passions such as skateboarding, watching football and gaming. Recently he discovered he also has a passion for science which has helped him start looking forward to pursuing a college degree post-graduation.

Jason (11), Issaquah

Jason's favorite part of his school day is playing in the band with his best friend…
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Jason (11), Issaquah

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Jason's favorite part of his school day is playing in the band with his best friend. He is looking forward to a future career, but right now he is living in the moment, enjoying his youth, playing his Xbox and soccer with friends. He also loves playing football and hopes to join a team soon.

Mateo (12), Issaquah

Mateo dreams of playing college football at Auburn University... 
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Mateo (12), Issaquah

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Mateo dreams of playing college football at Auburn University once he graduates from high school in a few years. In the meantime, he is enjoying middle school with all of his friends. He loves his teachers and is becoming really interested in social studies.

Rodney (17), Kent

Rodney loves to listen to music and watch basketball…
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Rodney (17) Kent

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Rodney loves to listen to music and watch basketball. He is currently working with his Treehouse Education Specialist to finish high school at Youth Academy and start applying for colleges.

Tamika

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Tamika

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Lynea

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Lynea

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Victoria

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Victoria

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Kenzie

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Kenzie

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Colton

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Colton

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Ivory

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Ivory

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Daniel (12th), Seattle

A warm-hearted young man, Daniel exemplifies what it means to hold things together while accomplishing lifelong goals…
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Daniel (12th), Seattle

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Daniel has aspirations of utilizing his love of math and science to become an engineer.  He is a man of responsibility, balancing a full academic schedule with wrestling, being a pillar for his family, and mentoring younger scholars as a student advisor.  A warm-hearted young man, Daniel exemplifies what it means to hold things together while accomplishing lifelong goals. Daniel is a senior at the Lakeside School.

Kalia (12th), Seattle

Bubbly and full of life, Kalia has navigated a rigorous academic environment and unexpected family losses with a rare combination of determination, optimism and hard work…
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Kalia (12th), Seattle

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Bubbly and full of life, Kalia has navigated a rigorous academic environment and unexpected family losses with a rare combination of determination, optimism and hard work. Kalia serves as a role model and gives back by mentoring younger students in Rainier Scholars. Kalia’s family is a strong support for her, and it is easy to see from where she gets her strength and spirit! Kalia is a senior at the Lakeside School.

Jonatan (12th), Seattle

Jonatan has been a model of academic steadfastness and reliability at one of the most challenging schools…
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Jonatan (12th), Lacey

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Jonatan has been a model of academic steadfastness and reliability at one of the most challenging schools.  He doesn’t hesitate to move out of his comfort zone. Jonatan is an athlete and a scholar who has embraced his parents’ dream of him earning a college degree. As a student advisor Jonatan serves as a role model and support system for his students, consistently delivering the message that they will be successful. Jonatan is a senior at the Lakeside School.

David, Seattle

When asked who his favorite Seahawk player is, without hesitation he responds “Marshawn Lynch”. Sure, he scores a lot of touchdowns but David sees another trait that he admires...

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David, Seattle

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"I have accepted difficult things in my life and overcome them because I know there is always a chance to succeed."

- David


David understands the true meaning of hard work and perseverance.

Despite a rough start to his young life, David is described as a kind-hearted soul with a resilient spirit and a smile that will brighten any room.

When asked who his favorite Seahawk player is, without hesitation he responds “Marshawn Lynch”. Sure, he scores a lot of touchdowns but David sees another trait that he admires.

“Just because things get hard doesn’t mean you should stop trying.”

Marshawn and David understand the value of determination and perseverance.

David started Rainier Scholars as a 6th grader and persevered through the Academic Enrichment phase with two summers plus a school year of extra classes and mountains of homework to prepare for placement in a college preparatory program. One of his favorite summertime memories was playing chess with his Literature teacher Mr. Little. After emerging the winner of a hard fought match, David informed his instructor, “It’s like in The Odyssey where Odysseus is planning and evaluating the pros and cons all the time. You need to think about your decisions in advance and then move. You need to think ahead.”

David has struggled with the idea that in middle school it’s not always cool to be smart. But from a young age he has realized that education will help create new possibilities in his life. As a student in Rainier Scholars he affirms, “I have the opportunity to get more education than most students at my school… it’s my responsibility to stay on task.”

And in a moment where he reveals wisdom beyond his years, David reminds us, “It doesn’t matter if you’re smarter, what matters is the kind of person you are inside.”

David is now an 8th grader at Dimmitt Middle School in Renton where he participates in the Discovery program. When asked about school, David’s eyes light up as he talks about his teachers and how they make learning fun. His time at Rainier Scholars has helped him to set academic goals to stay on a college pathway and to be organized and accountable, but earning placement in a highly capable program has provided a level of rigor that keeps him busy. When asked of what he is most proud, without hesitation he answers, “My grades!”

Five years from now David sees himself in college. He has an interest in being a scientist or perhaps an artist. Photography has captured his imagination and he enjoys taking pictures of nature yet he may also be found with a basketball under his arm as it’s one of his favorite sports. Raised by his Aunt Willie, David is grateful for her presence in his life - supporting him, feeding him and loving him.

At Rainier Scholars we strive to build a strong sense of community. David is always looking to lift up those around him--whether it's a helping hand or an encouraging word. He brings a willing spirit, dogged determination, and a positive attitude to any situation. He has stared adversity in the face and continues to defy the odds to come out victorious.

Sahreenah (11th), Seattle

Sahreenah is a bright star and has overcome many obstacles in life and school to get to where she is…
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Sahreenah (11th), Seattle

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Sahreenah is a bright star and has overcome many obstacles in life and school to get to where she is.  A poised, mature young woman, Sahreenah greets challenge with a level-headed attitude, and seeks leadership opportunities.  She was recently chosen to represent her school in a Washington DC conference, and is a fighter for people who don’t have a voice.  Sahreenah is a junior at Seattle Prep.

George (11th), Seattle

George is a model of “still waters run deep” and is a great example of the kind of risks our scholars take in order to gain more opportunities…
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George (11th), Seattle

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George is a model of “still waters run deep.”  He has challenged himself by being the first in his family to attend private school, and has been steadily working hard on his academic goals. George is a great example of the kind of risks our scholars take in order to gain more opportunities, and for George, that means being prepared to thrive in college! George is a junior at Seattle Academy.

Aisse (10th), Seattle

Combined with an unstoppable work ethic, Aisse is exactly the kind of student Rainier Scholars is searching for…
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Aisse (10th), Seattle

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At first glance, Aisse appears quiet, but don’t let that fool you.  She is smart, observant and insightful.  Combined with an unstoppable work ethic, Aisse is exactly the kind of student Rainier Scholars is searching for: someone who maximizes all opportunities offered to her.  Aisse is a sophomore at University Prep.

Addison (10th), Seattle

Addison is resilient and a fighter to the core with everything in life... 
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Addison is resilient and a fighter to the core with everything in life.  She works very hard to fulfill the goals set in front of her by her school, her family and Rainier Scholars and she is relentless in the standards she sets for herself.  Addison is a sophomore at Eastside Prep.

Thomas (10th), Seattle

Thomas perseveres in all his work, pushing through obstacles to achieve his goals…
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Thomas (10th) Seattle

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Thomas now works hard to earn A’s and B’s in his classes. His teachers describe him as someone who by being fully engaged in the classroom, makes it a positive learning experience for himself and his classmates.  He perseveres in all his work, pushing through obstacles to achieve his goals. Thomas is a sophomore at O’Dea.

Darius (10th), Renton

Darius has come a long way in terms of figuring out who he is as a young man and a scholar...
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Darius (10th), Renton

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Darius has come a long way in terms of figuring out who he is as a young man and a scholar.  This year, Darius has joined the Speech and Debate Club and has taken major steps in turning around his attitude and approach so that he is owning his education and challenging himself to do well.  Darius is a sophomore at Hazen High School.

Cameron (9th), Seattle

Cameron hopes to earn admission to West Point Military Academy for college, with a goal of serving in the armed forces someday…
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Cameron (9th), Seattle

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Cameron is an energetic and personable young man who has made tremendous strides not only in his academics, but also in his attitude toward school. He demonstrates enthusiasm and motivation for learning that will ensure he will achieve his highest aspirations.  Cameron hopes to earn admission to West Point Military Academy for college, with a goal of serving in the armed forces someday. Cameron is a freshman at Garfield High School.

Arlondra (9th), Seattle

Arlondra has overcome a number of obstacles in her life, and continues to demonstrate a spirit of courage and perseverance through it all…
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Arlondra (9th), Seattle

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Arlondra is currently maintaining A’s and B’s and despite hitting some rough spots in the past, she is embracing new opportunities. Arlondra has overcome a number of obstacles in her life, and continues to demonstrate a spirit of courage and perseverance through it all.  She continually carries herself with integrity and maintains a heart for others who struggle. Arlondra is a freshman at Chief Sealth High School.

Jennifer (8th), Seattle

Jennifer comes from a large and loving family and is one of the most likeable souls you’ll ever meet…
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Jennifer (8th), Seattle

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Jennifer is extremely bright and thoughtful and surprises people with her quick wit. She has a heart for helping her peers yet is not afraid to tell it like it is! Jennifer comes from a large and loving family and is one of the most likeable souls you’ll ever meet. She takes her academics very seriously and combined with her strong work ethic has set a vision for college and beyond. Jennifer is an 8th grader at Washington Middle School.

Ximena (8th), Seattle

Ximena has overcome academic and personal struggles and has done so with a great amount of self-awareness and reflection…
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Ximena (8th), Seattle

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Ximena continues to strive for excellence, even when the road gets tough. She is persistent and a hard worker as well as a good friend. When Ximena sets a goal for herself she not only achieves but exceeds expectations. Ximena has overcome academic and personal struggles and has done so with a great amount of self-awareness and reflection. Ximena is an 8th grader at University Prep.

Josiah (7th), Seattle

Josiah is insightful and reflective and is often referred to as “wise beyond his years.” …
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Josiah (7th), Seattle

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Josiah is a thoughtful student and one who takes his academics very seriously.  He is insightful and reflective and is often referred to as “wise beyond his years.” He makes decisions with integrity and compassion, and is well liked by his peers. Josiah has the makings of a great leader and will achieve any goal he sets for himself. Josiah is a 7th grader at The Evergreen School.

William (8th), Seattle

As a young man who initially struggled with mountains of homework, William is just beginning to walk into his potential as a true scholar and active community member…
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William (8th), Seattle

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William has a quiet smile and calm presence. As a young man who initially struggled with mountains of homework, he is just beginning to walk into his potential as a true scholar and active community member.  William has made great strides in his attitude toward his academic goals and is starting to take ownership of his educational journey. William is an 8th grader at Washington Middle School.

Raven (6th), Seattle

One of her greatest traits is her openness to possibilities; this combined with her undeniable work ethic will take Raven far…
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Raven (6th), Seattle

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Raven lives with her mom and 5 siblings--all of whom are huge football fans! Raven saw her sister Rihan go through the AEP phase at Rainier Scholars and clearly took careful notes. Raven is the perfect example of the power of hard work. She takes work seriously and is self-motivated. Raven is extremely thoughtful and engaged in all aspects of her life, both academics and her personal relationships. She is a loyal friend and is kind to everyone. One of her greatest traits is her openness to possibilities; this combined with her undeniable work ethic will take Raven far! Raven is a 6th grader at Jane Addams K-8 in Seattle.

Ana (6th), Burien

Ana’s ambition also has higher purpose, to not only be the first in her family to earn a college degree but she has a genuine and heartfelt desire to change the world for the better…
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Ana. (6th), Burien

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Ana is a shining star at Rainier Scholars. She is exceedingly bright and pairs that talent with an outstanding work ethic. Ana understands that she has the opportunity to be great and takes that responsibility very seriously, setting high standards for her own success while maintaining an infectious positive attitude. She has a real hunger to learn and delights in pushing herself to higher levels. Ana’s ambition also has higher purpose, to not only be the first in her family to earn a college degree but she has a genuine and heartfelt desire to change the world for the better. She works toward that goal every day. Ana is a 6th grader at Seahurst in Highline.

Lisbeth (6th), Seattle

There have been times when Lisbeth had her doubts about whether or not she was a good fit for Rainier Scholars, but chose to work through those feelings and persevere, showing that she is exactly the kind of student that we hope to work with…
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Lisbeth (6th), Seattle

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Lisbeth takes herself very seriously and works very hard—not just to get work done, but to do that work well. There have been times when Lisbeth had her doubts about whether or not she was a good fit for Rainier Scholars, but chose to work through those feelings and persevere, showing that she is exactly the kind of student that we hope to work with. She revised her time management schedule and opened herself up to forming new friendships and connections with her peers, and is seeing the results of her efforts. Lisbeth lives with her mom and dad and four siblings. One of Lisbeth’s greatest motivations is to graduate college and make her parents proud of her, but there is no doubt that she makes them proud every day! Lisbeth is a 6th grader at Mt. View Elementary in the Highline School District.

Lesley (6th), Seattle

Lesley's work ethic is unmatched and her dedication to excellence is inspiring. She is incredibly humble and is the model of integrity in a young person…
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Lesley (6th), Seattle

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Lesley is a quiet pillar of strength at Rainier Scholars. Lesley can doubt herself at times, but anyone who knows her has seen that she is fiercely competent in everything that she takes on. Her work ethic is unmatched and her dedication to excellence is inspiring. She is incredibly humble and is the model of integrity in a young person. Lesley’s family is committed to service and you can see evidence of Lesley’s generous, compassionate spirit in all of her interactions with peers and adults. She is an inspiring and positive influence in our community. Lesley is a 6th grader at Mt. View in the Highline School District.

Evelyn (6th), Seattle

Evelyn can see the positive in any situation, even in the face of the most daunting challenge…
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Evelyn (6th), Seattle

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Evelyn is the kind of person that everyone wants to have around—she makes every room she walks into a better place with her incredible, ever present smile and her boundless positive energy. Evelyn can see the positive in any situation, even in the face of the most daunting challenge. She is an academic risk taker, never afraid to ask a question, pushing her own thinking and subsequently the thinking of all those around her. Evelyn has a zest for life and loves to get involved; in addition to her schoolwork, she plays cello and is a ballet dancer. She is an incredible friend to everyone. Evelyn is a 6th grader at Mercer Middle School in Seattle.

CruzLeon (6th), Seattle

Cruz is an incredible kid whose smile can brighten a room and make everyone present feel better…
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CruzLeon (6th), Seattle

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Cruz is an incredible kid whose smile can brighten a room and make everyone present feel better. He is motivated to do well and understands the importance of hard work in reaching his goal of graduating from a great college. Cruz loves sports, but he and his mom have always kept academics front and center; it is easy to envision him becoming a first class scholar athlete. Cruz is building his confidence and learning what he is truly capable of, which is quite a lot! Cruz is a 6th grader at Mt. View in the Highline School District.

Andrew (6th), Seattle

Andrew is a little guy with huge brilliance. He has a mischievous sense of humor and is constantly entertaining those around him with his quick wit…
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Andrew (6th), Seattle

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Andrew is a little guy with huge brilliance. He has a mischievous sense of humor and is constantly entertaining those around him with his quick wit. When first confronted with the prospect of going to school for two summers, Andrew shrugged his shoulders and confessed that he misses school during breaks. In addition to the strenuous Rainier Scholars workload, Andrew always has an extra book that he is reading or idea that he is researching. He is insatiably curious and highly engaged in all of his studies. As soon as he has mastered a concept he will ask for an additional challenge. We look forward to the great things that Andrew will accomplish. Andrew is currently a 6th grader at Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle.

Jerome (7th), Seattle

Jerome loves a challenge and thrives in the rigorous academic setting of Rainier Scholars…
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Jerome (7th), Seattle

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Jerome is a scholar who elevates the game of everyone around him with his excitement, energy and intellectual curiosity. Jerome loves a challenge and thrives in the rigorous academic setting of Rainier Scholars, tackling every new obstacle with courage and a positive attitude. He strives to set and meet his own goals in both the personal and academic parts of his life. Jerome shows leadership and compassion toward his peers, treating everyone with kindness and respect. Jerome lives with his mom and younger sister, and is currently a 7th grader at Madrona K-8 in Seattle.

Haime (14), Joint Base Lewis-McChord

There's always going to be negativity thrown at you, telling you that you're not good enough…
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Haime (14), Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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There's always going to be negativity thrown at you, telling you that you're not good enough. Unlike many, that adversity just fueled me as I prepared for basketball tryouts. In my life, nothing has been given to me. I have put in a lot of hard work and time in the gym preparing myself. My goal to make the team was not based on a need to prove to the naysayers, but instead, to prove it to myself. Recently, I received the news that I was selected for the team. It was a huge weight off of my shoulders.

Keith (11), San Diego, Calif.

We never have money to do fun stuff and we never go places…
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Keith (11), San Diego, Calif

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Hi my name is Keith and when I was little my father went to jail a lot. He also drank a lot. He went to prison for two years so I did not get to see him. I only got to call him. My mother would cry a lot because my dad never gave my mom money for child support. Sometimes I think that my dad doesn’t love me. He never calls and every time my mom calls him and lets him see us he tells a lie to just not see me. It's sad for me and I am always crying when I can't see him. It is hard not having my dad in my life. He really needs to grow up but he just will not. I love my dad but he will not give me my brother my sister money he will rather be with a girl than me or my brother and sister. We do not have the money to go to a football game. We never have money to do fun stuff and we never go places.

Alyssa (12), Lacey

It is difficult having to move away from my home and school and having to make new friends every couple of years, never feeling like I truly fit in or know how long we will be in our new home…
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Alyssa (12), Lacey

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Growing up I have had to deal with my dad being on multiple deployments, during my 12 years of life my dad has deployed 4 times, first for 12 months before I was a year old then 15 months when I was three years old, 12 months when I was six and finally 9 months when I was 10. Not only was it difficult growing up with him not around as much as I would like (between not only deployments but also multiple training missions and schools), but we have also moved several times between Washington State, Germany, Colorado then back to Washington. It is difficult having to move away from my home and school and having to make new friends every couple of years, never feeling like I truly fit in or know how long we will be in our new home.

Destiney (16), Joint Base Lewis-McChord

About a year and a half ago my mom came in to my room and told me that Kathlynn (my best friend) and one of her friends had been kidnapped...

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Destiney (16), Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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"Don't ever get in to a car with someone you don't know, even if you are in a small town like she was where everybody 'knew' everybody."

- Destiney


I am still overcoming a very difficult situation.

When I lived in Arizona I made a friend, her name is Kathlynn. We lived right next to each other. Her dad and my dad were in the army together and they got deployed together. We became close friends. We were actually more like sisters, we did everything together.

Then one day I found out that my dad received orders to move to Utah. It was horrible! I did not want to leave my best friend. I wanted to stay, but my parents didn't let me. So we left Arizona and moved to Utah. I talked to her a few times. Then we found out that her dads time in the Army was over and they moved to Dayton, Iowa when she moved there we didn't keep in touch very well.

About a year and a half ago my mom came in to my room and told me that Kathlynn and one of her friends had been kidnapped. It happened while they were walking home from the bus stop. When a guy came up and asked them if they wanted to make some money. They asked how and he told them that if they came and mowed his lawn he would give them $40.00 each. They said they would ask their parents so the guy said hop in, I'll take you to ask them. So they hopped in the car. He took them to this pig farm and zip tied their hands. The other girl got away but my friend didn't. They couldn’t find her. When they finally showed up at the guy's house they found the kidnapper dead. He had hung himself. They also found traces of Kathlynn's blood around the pig farm. They kept searching they still couldn't find her.

About a week went by still no sign of Kathlynn. By this time, I knew she was dead. I wouldn’t let myself think that so I believed that she was still out there. After a few days they found a dead body in a river caught on debris under a bridge. They confirmed that it was in fact Kathlynn. She had been stabbed multiple times. She was still wearing the zip ties that the guy put on her.

For the longest time I didn 't want to believe that she was dead. Then I started wishing things would have been different. I wished that it would have been me and her so I could help her escape. I also was thinking about things that I hated even thinking about. I had thoughts where I wished the other girl had died and not Kathlynn. I also wondered why she didn't help her to escape. But if she hadn't escaped, the police wouldn’t know where Kathlynn was. So thanks to Kathlynn’s friend she was eventually found.

They had her funeral a week later. We didn’t have a lot of money so I was unable fly down there and attend her funeral. I felt so bad that I couldn't go to her funeral, I also was mad that I couldn't go. Even to this day I wish I could have gone. Just to say goodbye to my best friend.

I haven’t been the same since she died. I don't think I will ever be the same again, I see things that remind me of her and our friendship. I know she is in a better place now. She’s with her grandpa now and her dogs. I still miss her every day and now thanks to what happened I am more careful around people I don't know. When I tell people this story I get emotional because it is hard to think that this would ever happen to you or someone you know. It also has a good message behind it:

"Don't ever get in to a car with someone you don't know, even if you are in a small town like she was where everybody 'knew' everybody."

Makayla (14), San Jose, Calif.

My siblings and I kind of grew up without a dad but it is not his fault because he is in the military. I grew up fast so my siblings did not have to...
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Makayla (14), San Jose, Calif.

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Hi my name is Makayla and this is my story. I have been a military child all my life, my father is in the military. I moved up here to Washington when I was less than a year old from San Jose, California. When we moved up here I was an only child and then two years later my brother came and then six years later my little sister came along. My siblings and I kind of grew up without a dad but it is not his fault because he is in the military. I grew up fast so my siblings did not have to. My mom raised my siblings mostly on her own. I am only 14 years old and people tell me that I think like an adult. And three years ago my parents got divorced. And that summer of 2012 my dad got stationed in Virginia. So he was really far away from us. My dad missed a lot but I don't blame him, it has been hard but I do still manage to keep my head up, keep a smile on my face, do well in school, being the oldest of three kids, and growing up without my dad put stress on me which added a lot to my plate. I am now a ninth grader in high school and I am a student who puts 110% into all other work.

TaylorAnn (13), JBLM

It is hard to be a military child because you have to make sacrifices that other kids don't have to...
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TaylorAnn (13), Joint Base Leiws-McChord

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Hello my name is TaylorAnn. I am 13. My dad is in the Army. I have moved about five times. I was born in Kansas moved to Germany, then to Missouri, then to Cuba, then to Washington. It is hard to be a military child because you have to make sacrifices that other kids don't have to. My dad deployed when I was two and came back when I was 4. I have spent about 5 years without my dad.

Zachary (12), Tulsa, Okla.

I'm being bullied at school. I'm also in my fourth school since kindergarten…
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Zachary (12), Tulsa, Okla.

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I need support because my dad is in jail and my stepfather is deployed in Afghanistan. And all the while I'm being bullied at school. I'm also in my fourth school since kindergarten. It makes me confused, mad, and sad. I also used to talk to counselors for 2 years because I had trouble controlling my anger.

Keisha (14), Joint Base Lewis-McChord

The longest and also the most recent time my dad has been deployed was for two years, when I was eleven. Those years were the toughest for me...
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Keisha (14), Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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My name is Keisha. I have been a military kid since I was born in 2000. I am 14 years old. I was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and raised in Washington. My dad has been deployed several times ranging between one month to two years. My dad was first deployed when I was around 5 years old. I remember him leaving but I wasn't aware of where he was going and what he was doing. Whenever my dad leaves it's hard for me and my family. The longest and also the most recent time my dad has been deployed was for two years, when I was eleven. Those years were the toughest for me because I was older and I knew more than I did when I was younger. I realized that my dad wouldn't be back until I was thirteen. I have lots of encouraging friends that helped me. I help out in my community in many ways like helping out in my church, getting things for the homeless and making other people's lives better.

James (12), San Francisco, Calif.

We felt like our family was asking for help and no one was listening. It made me feel sad…
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James (12) San Francisco, Calif.

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When my dad got deployed my family was not doing well and we had nothing to do because my mom was scared to go off post. We felt like our family was asking for help and no one was listening. It made me feel sad because my dad got deployed and my family was not doing well also we had hard times, some good times but my mom is always so worried about my dad getting back safe. We don't have much money so we don't get to go out to eat or even to the mall to walk around.

Aries (14), Brooklyn, N.Y.

My mom joined the army for me, and for my family. My mom struggled so my brother and I wouldn't…
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Aries (14), Brooklyn, N.Y.

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I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I lived in the rough part of town. It was hard for me in school and I was bullied a lot because of my race and it when it got dark no one could be outside because it was dangerous. I would come home everyday crying and my mom hated to see me like that. My mom joined the army for me, and for my family. Yes we had to be apart for a while but at the end of the day I know it would be all worth it. My mom struggled so my brother and I wouldn't. My mother is my hero.

Chasity (12), Joint Base Lewis-McChord

I want to give back to my community the same way my father has given back to his country for the past 16 years…
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Chasity (12), Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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"Hello,my name is Chasity. I have lived on JBLM for the past 3 years. For the last 11 years my family has had to deal with my father being constantly deployed. My dad has deployed to Iraq two times and Afghanistan one time. These deployments, for me, have not been easy. I've had to deal with the fact that my dad has been gone for so long. Being an Army dependant looks like any easy life,from a distance,but in actuality comes with major challenges.

During the time my dad was deployed I focused my attention on school, but that becomes more difficult as the deployment grow longer. My family and I constantly worry about my father and how he is doing.

My mother has always taken care of my brother and I and has done a great job. There is never a dull moment in my house. My mother works at the Madigan Child Development Center and often has me come to help her prepare and organize her classroom. It is a great feeling to help support her while my father is away from home.

Even though I have faced so many barriers in my life, I am focused and motivated to do my best in school and all future endeavors. I want to graduate from high school and attend college to study to become a lawyer. My ultimate goal is to work my way up and into a judgeship. I believe that as a judge I will be able to effect change and make decisions that will help improve the community I live in. I want to give back to my community the same way my father has given back to his country for the past 16 years."

Sky (14), Joint Base Lewis-McChord

I have been a military child since I was 5 years old…
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Sky (14), Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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I have been a military child since I was 5 years old. I really haven't moved around like most military children since I have a younger brother with Autism, but my step dad still had to deploy. As far as I remember, he's been deployed two times and that was for a few months to a year. I've lived in Washington for awhile, but we moved around to different houses or bases. I couldn't go to most things at school or with friends because of my younger brother. Being a military child is alright, but I usually don't mind since I'm military I would always think I'm special. I would be able to do things that others couldn't so being military isn't so bad.

Andrew (12), San Angelo, Texas

I get bullied at school sometimes and I haven't seen my dad in a year because he is military and deployed in Afghanistan…
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Andrew (12), San Angelo, Texas

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When I was back in my hometown our house got burnt down so our dad wanted a better life for me and my siblings. I get bullied at school sometimes and I haven't seen my dad in a year because he is military and deployed in Afghanistan. My family and I don't get to do anything as a family because of low budget. I wish my dad was here to do stuff with us but we just got to hope he gets home again with us. I help out others at school and I am a mentor at my school.

Laney (14), Exeter, Calif.

It's a little bit harder to accept certain thing when you have divorced parents…
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Laney (14), Exeter, Calif.

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Hi my name is Laney Channel and I have overcome a huge difficult situation in my life. Yes I am a military child but other than that I seem like a normal child to everyone around me but there has been that one big thing that has been a struggle. My parents are divorced! When I say that out loud I think I sound selfish because there are a lot of other people with more struggling problems in their life. There are even children who don't have parents or don't even know their parent. Although, I love both my parents very much, there are some things I don't get to do like normal kids do. I live in Washington and my dad lives in California, so I don't get to see him as much as I would like too. It's not just my dad I don't get to see that often, it's my whole other half of my family. It's a little bit harder to accept certain thing when you have divorced parents. For example when I'm with my dad I have hard time accepting that I won't always be there to do the fun activities with my mom and when I'm with my mom I won't be able to do the fun activities with my dad. Also my little brother lives in California with his mom. I love him to death but that's just another thing I have to accept. I can't always be there for him and see him grow up. I might not be able to see him grow up but I'm very grateful for the life I have.

Breanna (13), JBLM

Being a teen in this Generation is hard where self-esteem is based on who "Likes" my picture or comments below…
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Breanna (13), Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Hi, my name is Bre you can find me on Instagram, Snapchat and Vine. I love my family, friends and the latest trends of the week or day! I'm in the 8th grade at Harrison Prep where I’m mostly "Liked" by all and have a few "Haters." Social Media is everything to me; it can be a place of positives or a place of negatives. I know I'm not the only teen to feel it, in fact I see it every day. Being a teen in this Generation is hard where self-esteem is based on who "Likes" my picture or comments below. Just like that a click of a mouse or touch screen touch can make or break my day. I have more of social life online then I do in person with my friends at school, even at school I text my friends who happened to be standing next me, I feel I can be more confident behind the screen then in person. Social networking can be a good thing as well, I have a couple followers that I wouldn't normally consider friends but if they post a funny saying or a picture I'll like it! Who would have guessed we like the same stuff. I guess you could say I have more friends online than I do at school. Social media can ruin my day on the other hand. When someone un-follows it feels like I disappointed one of my followers. I am online half of my day maybe even more! Social media is used to communicate but also to communicate with people I don't know. It hurts sometimes knowing that someone doesn't like my picture or page. Online is somewhere everyone should be able to be friends and like pictures but it's almost never like that. I talk to people that go to my school online but never talk to them in person at school. Social media is also a good thing it helps by letting me communicate with people id never thought I would talk to in millions of years. Social media is what I love to do and although sometimes it gets a little rough it makes me a better person.

Presley (16), Batesville, Ark.

Since being adopted by Aunt Ashley and Uncle Shane, I've been through two deployments…
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Presley (16), Batesville, Ariz.

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I was adopted by my Aunt Ashley and Uncle Shane in August of2012 while my Uncle Shane was deployed. My father is incarcerated in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and my mother has never been in my life, she chose to be a part of another family. I am currently seeing a therapist to help me with my issues stemming from my lack of support from my father and mother. Since being adopted by Aunt Ashley and Uncle Shane, I've been through two deployments, my Aunt had a baby and my Uncle's son, Issak, came to live with us. I have a great home now but I am still working on overcoming the pain of the past.

Orion (13), Medford, Ore.

My dad is currently deployed and he is about to come home after spending nine months in Afghanistan…
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Orion (13), Medford, Ore.

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My name is Orion. My dad is currently deployed and he is about to come home after spending nine months in Afghanistan. My mom died when I was three years old due to Diabetes. Also I have a depression disorder in my family gene so I get depressed all the time for no apparent reason. So I would love to see a Seahawks game so I cannot be depressed and so I can be happy when my dad comes home. Thank you for reading.

Sherrill (16), Tacoma

In school I would get bullied for having hearing aids and my speech problems, thus I would lose my hearing aids consistently so I didn't have to wear them…
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Sherrill (16), Tacoma

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I was born with severe hearing loss that caused me to struggle in day to day life. In school I would get bullied for having hearing aids and my speech problems, thus I would lose my hearing aids consistently so I didn't have to wear them. Over the years my insurance would not cover hearing aids since I lost so many of them. My dad helped me realize, while he was deployed, for the ninth time, that I have to start making good decisions. He suggested, sitting in front of the class, and asking question when I don't understand. As I've grown over the years I'm now able to look at people's mouth to make sure I understand what they say. With having skills like this I'm able to make A's and B's, and excel in AP classes.

Nyah (14), Joint Base Lewis-McChord

As a military kid I have moved five times and even lived overseas in Japan. I’ve become accustomed to moving every couple of years with my dad who is in the Air Force…
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Nyah. (14), Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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My name is Nyah and I am 13 years old and attend Woodbrook Middle School. As a military kid I have moved five times and even lived overseas in Japan. I’ve become accustomed to moving every couple of years with my dad who is in the Air Force. I enjoy helping others, and currently serve as an Ignite mentor at my school. When I am not in school, I enjoy spending lots of time at the CYSS McChord Youth center. The staff is phenomenal and I get to meet other kids who experience the same challenges as I do. When I finish high school, I want to attend the University of Washington to become a guidance counselor. I want to help youth overcome obstacles just as I have.

Madison (15), Pheonix, Ariz.

My dad is in the military, and I have been overcoming a lot of situations since he got in...
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Madison (15), Pheonix, Ariz.

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Hello, my name is Madison and my dad is in the military, and I have been overcoming a lot of situations since he got in. he's been in the military for five years now. He got in when I was in 5th grade and I had to move to a new school and make new friends. It was hard for me because I didn't know if people would like me. So, I got to the new base in Fort Knox, Kentucky and I went to a new school and made a lot of new friends. I stayed there for three years. I made really good friends and it was fun. Then after 8th grade year, we moved. Now, we're moving to Fort Lewis, Washington. Again I have to make new friends and go to a new school. But this time it was harder because I was starting my 8th grade year and I didn't know anyone. After a week of school I had lots of friends, they have come and gone for the past 2 years and now I have to move again. But this time I don't have to move ever again until I'm older because my dad is getting out of the military and we're going to move to Virginia.

Alise (12), Lakewood

I was separated from my mother for reasons I cannot discuss, and was then placed in a foster home...
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Alise (12), Lakewood

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My name is Alise, when I was younger I lived in Oklahoma. I was separated from my mother for reasons I cannot discuss, and was then placed in a foster home. A change like that was and still is hard on me from time to time. Sometimes it even hinders my focus in school. But overall I feel as though it has made me a stronger person and I can overcome anything.

Naiyah (13), Dupont

I feel bullied for being different but I will not change who I am to fit in with more people…
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Naiyah (13), Dupont

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When I go to school I feel like an outsider. I don't usually get included in things, or invited to anything because I'm new at the school I go to and all my old friends are together at my old school. I feel like I'm surrounded by a lot of people at lunch time but no one hears me or wants to talk to me. I have maybe three good friends and when they get invited to activities they let me tag along as a "plus one" but that doesn't really make me feel included. I feel bullied for being different but I will not change who I am to fit in with more people.

De'ja (14), Dupont

Last school year I fell in with the wrong crowd of people…
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De'ja (14), Dupont

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Last school year I fell in with the wrong crowd of people. My parents thought it best for me to go to a different school, not the school of my choice for sure. I'm now a freshman in high school, at first I had a hard time fitting in with the kids at my new school because I had a poor attitude. I had a lot of trouble paying attention in class and keeping my grades in good standing. I have changed my outlook on things and actually started liking my new school and am currently working hard to keep my grades up and keep a good attitude, not to mention keeping good company.

Michaela (15), Jacksonville, Ark.

Since I 've been up here I have had to overcome homesickness, and not being able to be with my parents all the time…
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Michaela (15), Jacksonville, Ark.

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"Hi my name is Michaela and this is my story. I was forced into the military lifestyle due to some complications in my hometown with my parents. It got to the point to where they really didn't know how to take care of me anymore. So, they sent me up here to live with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew to have a fresh start with my life and to better myself. Since I 've been up here I have had to overcome homesickness, and not being able to be with my parents all the time. I have also had to accept the fact that my sister and brother-in-law are now my parental figures and I have to respect them as such. About two weeks after I moved up here, my house back in Arkansas burned down and my family lost everything and that further piled on more stress to me because everything that I own fits into two boxes and when I go back home I don't have anything to look at or to bring back with me to reinforce memories. Plus I keep worrying about my parents because right now they are living out of a camper and the insurance for the house really didn't cover anything, so we have to replace everything by hand and we lost a bunch of things that are irreplaceable. "

Daniel (13), Lakeside

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Daniel (13), Lakeside

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My family does not have the money to do anything like going to a professional game, and I never met my dad. I have never had a father in my life, we have eight people in my family. I never get to go out of the house because we don't have the money to do anything.

Victoria (15), Everett

I am a hardworking student, committed to being successful in all that I do…
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Victoria (15), Everett

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I am 15 years old and a sophomore at Everett High School. I've been a part of Camp Fire for 11 years. This program has given me lifelong friendships, and hours and hours of community service opportunities. I also have enjoyed being an Assisteens, and volunteering with our school's community food drive. Some of my hobbies include skiing, playing tennis, camping, hiking, and crafting. I love to travel, and spend time with my family and friends. I am a motivated, driven student and am able to maintain good grades in my honors and AP classes. I have plans to attend a 4 year college and pursue a career that allows me to be creative and productive.

Carlin (17), Everett

Carlin has overcome many challenges, including having brain surgery at the age of 16…
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carlin (17), Everett

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"You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one"

Michael McMillan


Carlin is an amazing young woman. She has suffered chronic headaches and other debilitating symptoms from a young age. She has overcome many challenges, including having brain surgery at the age of 16. Because of her symptoms and struggle to concentrate, a traditional high school experience was difficult. Carlin is now working on getting her diploma via homeschooling. The last three years have been hard for Carlin, seeing her friends graduate and go off to college. She has been a Camp Fire member for 13 years and continues to volunteer as a club aide. Her immediate goal is to graduate high school. Her long term goal is to go to college and study marine biology.

Cheyenne (14), Mill Creek

I work hard in school, I adore my family/friends, and helping people is what I enjoy doing the most...
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Cheyenne (14), Mill Creek

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Cheyenne is a hard-working 14 year old freshman at Jackson High School. She has been a member of her Camp Fire group since 2007. In Camp Fire she has done many volunteer projects such as: Valentines for Vets, food drives, tailgate ministries, and Bethany northwest volunteer work. She is also very active in her church youth group. Through her youth group she has raised money for the Everett and Mill Creek food banks and Seattle Children’s Hospital. In her church she volunteers her time to work in the nursery and Sunday school/vacation bible school. Cheyenne received a citizenship award at her middle school graduation in June, 2014. Cheyenne is very interested in helping people and wishes to become a nurse one day.

Justin (14), Darrington

I lost my very best friend, Denver Harris, in the Oso Mudslide, after that day, I am still not the same Justin I used to be…

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Justin (14), Darrington

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"I don't take life too hard; I just take what life gives me."

Denver


Justin is a freshman at Darrington High School this school year. He has spent most of his life in Darrington, where he and two of his brothers live with their grandparents. He loves German shepherd dogs, and his dogs Kyra and Jett recently had four puppies. Justin is a sports enthusiast (football, basketball, and baseball). At 14 years of age, he is six feet tall and still growing, and he has a vertical jump of 30 inches. Justin's camp name at Camp Willie (held at Camp Killoqua) was ""Afro-man"" due to his dark brown cloud of hair. Justin stays in touch with new friends from camp via social media. It was a great thrill for Justin and other Darrington kids to meet the Seahawks and Sounders when they came to Darrington last spring--that was truly a big cheer-up for everyone on the first day of nice spring weather and was much appreciated. Attending the Seahawks vs Raiders game is a real treat!

In his own words: I am from Darrington, WA. I lost my very best friend, Denver Harris, in the Oso Mudslide. I could tell him anything, even if it was personal. He kept quiet about it if I asked him to. We played sports on the same team and had some of the same classes. We had a lot in common. We both loved sports and the outdoors. We knew each other since preschool. Even though I moved a couple of times, he still remembered me when I came back. He used to come to my house or I went to his house every weekend. I'd go to his mom and dad's, and he would come to my grandma's. But one day my mom had me go live with her, and we didn't hang out or talk as much, but when I told him about the living conditions at my mom's house, he supported me with every word I told him. He was always there for me.

But one day my life changed forever. It was the day of my wrestling tournament. It was just a normal Saturday morning, nothing was expected to happen, but then we got news that a huge mudslide hit Steelhead Drive, which was where Denver's dad lived. I thought Denver was at his mom's in town, so I didn't worry about it until I got home and heard about the life-changing news on Facebook. There were a few posts that Denver was missing in the mudslide. I immediately changed from happy to a sad-angry mix. I kept hoping that they would find him alive. Two weeks later, Denver's mom called my grandma and said they found Denver, but he wasn't alive. After that day, I am still not the same Justin I used to be. Throughout this whole issue with the mudslide, I had support from many different people and I helped to support many other people. I will always love, miss, and remember Denver a lot and will always remember his quote: "I don't take life too hard; I just take what life gives me."

Ella (15), Everett

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Ella (15), Everett

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Ella is a freshman at Henry M. Jackson High School in Everett. She has been in Camp Fire for eight years. Ella serves her community in many ways including collecting food for local food banks, feeding meals to the less fortunate through a ministry at her church, working as a youth volunteer at her church, assisting in seasonal events with residents at a local nursing home, participating in Relay for Life and volunteering as a Day Camp Assistant at Camp Killoqua for 200 hours over the past 2 summers. She’s also a member of the Jackson High School Dance team, the German Club and Key Club. In addition to serving her community and being involved in many extracurricular activities, Ella has a strong focus on academics. She maintained a 4.0 GPA all throughout middle school and is working hard to achieve a 4.0 in high school as well; all while taking very challenging courses.

Mattie (15), Mill Creek

I'm a sophomore who also participates as a member in a camp fire club who wishes to become a nurse…
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Mattie (15), Mill Creek

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Mattie is a sophomore at Henry M Jackson High School. Through her involvement in Camp Fire, she has volunteered over 400 hours as a Day Camp Assistant at Camp Killoqua during the summer and spring breaks. She is also a Club Aide and leads activities for a group of elementary school Camp Fire members. She has done volunteer work at a nursing home and participated in Relay for Life. She’s in her second year of concert choir at JHS, as well as being involved in Key Club (a service organization) and the German Club.

Sydney (15), Everett

Sydney belongs to the Advent Lutheran Youth Group where they raise money for the Mill Creek Food Banks and Seattle Children’s Hospital…
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Sydney (15), Everett

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"Believe in yourself so strongly that the world can't help but to believe in you too."

Unknown


Sydney is a 14 year old that goes to Cascade High School in Everett. She has been a member of Camp Fire since November of 2012.  With Camp Fire, Sydney has volunteered on many projects over the years such as:  Tailgate Ministries, Valentines for Vets, food drives, and Bethany Northwest volunteer work.  She also belongs to the Advent Lutheran Youth Group where they raise money for the Mill Creek Food Banks and Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Sydney loves to play music; she sings, plays the flute and piano and is active in her high school Drama Club.

Zino (16), Lake Stevens

Zino plans to continue his education in the field of neuroscience…
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Zino (16), Lake Stevens

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"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."

Theodore Roosevelt


Zino is a running start student at Everett Community College. He plans to continue his education in the field of neuroscience.  Zino, "Zulu" has spent summers at Camp Killoqua since he was in the 5th grade and has enjoyed working with youth in the day camp program as well as the CIT program. He looks forward to becoming a camp counselor and sharing his experience at camp with others.

Kiana (15), Stanwood

Kiana is a “kid magnet” who has been attending Camp Killoqua for five years…
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Kiana (15) Stanwood

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"Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever."

Walt Disney


Kiana is a “kid magnet” who has been attending Camp Killoqua for five years, the last three as a volunteer Day Camp Assistant (DCA) working with younger camp members. Giving back to the community is really important to her and she is in the 3rd year of volunteering with Teens in Action: Snohomish County. Kiana is also a youth board member with Camp Fire Snohomish County. Kiana is a Sophomore at Stanwood High School where she maintains an A average and aspires to be a Kindergarten teacher in the future.

Marissa (14), Lynnwood

I'm a Freshman at Meadowdale High and I love reading and helping kids, I aspire to be a teacher…
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Marissa (14), Lynnwood

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Community involvement focused. Camp F ire Club activities: Foster Kids fundraiser, Giving Tree gifts for foster kids, Food baskets for needy families (donating items and/or handmade gifts) through St Hilda, Valentines for Veterans, Soldier care packages, Candy donations for soldiers. School: National Junior Honor Society, Led school wide book exchange to promote reading, Peer tutoring at Meadowdale Elementary School, Coin for Kids program. Church: Vacation Bible School assistant, Sunday School, Child Care.

Abbie (14), Edmonds

I enjoy keeping little baggies of "on the go" supplies for whenever my mom and I come across someone who needs assistance in that form…
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Abbie (14), Edmonds

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"Never take someones's feeling for granted, you never know how much courage that they took to show it to you."


Hi, my name is Abbie and i am going to tell you about me. I love to volunteer around my community, i have several under my belt and I strive to continue. My Camp Fire group and I raised money for the foster kids program through a project we decided to take on, and farther back we decorated cookies and made crafts with the residents of the homeless shelter for women and children. I also enjoy keeping little baggies of "on the go" supplies for whenever my mom and I come across someone who needs assistance in that form. I would love to one day volunteer at Children's Hospital, but I have to be just a little older. My single mom  and I also like to help out anywhere we see it fit.

Anna (15), Everett

I am active in my school, sports, community and will continue to lead and serve in my future…
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Anna (15), Everett

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Anna has been actively involved in leadership throughout middle and high school. She currently serves as her sophomore class Treasurer. She is someone who stands out as being inclusive and accepting of all and willing to stretch herself beyond her comfort zone to continue to learn and grow. Anna has been involved in Camp Fire for 11 years and has served in Teens in Action. She enjoys the many volunteer opportunities that are provided through her involvement in Camp Fire, school, church and community. Anna has a servant’s heart and a desire to help others.

Claire (14), Snohomish

I strive to be a successful, hardworking, and independent person in everything I do…
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Claire (14), Snohomish

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Claire, 14 from Snohomish, is ambitious and talented in so many ways.  Her focus on academics is a high priority.  She strives to seek new opportunities in her school and the community.  She has been an active participant in Camp Fire for 7 years.  Claire is a Stage Manager of her upcoming high school play and is very active in the music program where she plays the bassoon and saxophone. She volunteers at her church, her former elementary school and in the community.

Cyara (14), Marysville

I am outgoing and enjoy volunteer work and hope to one day have a satisfying job in art or animation…
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Cyara (14), Marysville

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Cyara is a stand-out Freshman at Marysville-Getchell High School Academy of Construction and Engineering and is a cross-country, track and swim athlete. Cyara has been a club member for over 7 years and now participates  in Teens in Action. She always helps out, volunteers and is a good role model to the younger members. She excels in school, community, sports and plans to graduate with honors.

Liz (16), Everett

I'm a running start student at college, also attending high school. I volunteer through Camp Fire, Assisteens, and Honor Society…
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Liz (16), Everett

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My name is Liz and I'm 16. I am a running start student at Community College, while also attending high school. My goal is to transfer to a four year University, where I will receive a degree in exercise or animal science. I volunteer through Camp Fire, Assisteens, and Honor Society. I teach skiing up at Stevens for Clancy's Ski School. I play soccer, ultimate frisbee and tennis. I enjoy running, traveling and spending time with my friends & family. Go Hawks!

Sam (14), Everett

I enjoy volunteering with Camp Fire; I've been a member for 10yrs. Getting good grades is also important to me…
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Sam (14), Everett

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My name is Sam, I am a freshman from Everett. I have been in Camp Fire since I was a little kid; it is my 10th year in the program. Through Camp Fire I have done a lot of volunteer projects, one of the most recent ones I was a part of was Pioneer Day's at Camp Killoqua. My two favorite projects I have done with my group was knitting hats for the premature babies in the hospital, and making puzzle-piece thank you's for some local veterans. In school, keeping my grades up is important to me. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports. I play volleyball and soccer.

Ryan (16), Edmonds

Ryan enjoys doing random acts of kindness and helping people in need…
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Ryan (16), Edmonds

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Ryan is a 16 year old junior at Meadowdale High School. He is a counselor in training at Camp Killoqua in the summer and loves volunteering at camp. Ryan is very involved with the Young Life program and is a student leader. In his free time Ryan spends his time doing Young Life activities with his friends including volunteer work within the community. Ryan enjoys doing random acts of kindness and helping people in need. Earl Thomas III is his favorite Seahawk as he too has played the position of free safety, and looks up to him as a role model.

Roma (13), Everett

I like to help people; even if we don't have the money we have the time to give…
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Roma (13), Everett

Camp Fire Snohomish



Roma is a 13 year old 8th grader. In her short life she's over come many difficulties. In her early years she had multiple surgeries, therapies, poverty, and neurological hurdles. In first grade she finally began to talk; being able to communicate threw open the gates for all her amazing thoughts and ideas to burst through. This was also when she was diagnosed with seizure disorder and autism. In the years since she has blossomed into a person who when given the option will jump on any chance to do community service. She has received citizenship awards at her school for recognition of her selflessness towards others, participated in many community service projects with Camp Fire, and helps her family with crafting small aide bags for the homeless in her neighborhood. Recently, she has even branched out to help not only the people around her and the community she's in but the animals she sees in need by completing her first rescue. She always has a smile for the people around her and a bubbling enthusiasm for life. The idea she lives by is even if you don't have the money to help you have the time and sometimes that's all people need.

Natalie C. (15), Snohomish

Natalie has been a varsity athlete at her high school while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average...
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Natalie C. (15), Snohomish

Camp Fire Snohomish


"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground."

Theodore Roosevelt


Natalie (15) has been in Camp Fire for 11 years. She has volunteered with Teens in Action and gone to camp most summers. Natalie is active in her church youth group and volunteers at Vacation Bible School each summer for a week. Cross country and lacrosse are her passions and she has been a varsity athlete at her high school while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

Elizabeth (15), Everett

I like to draw, take pictures, help my community, and hope to work for Disney someday…
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Elizabeth (15), Everett

Camp Fire Snohomish



Elizabeth is a sophomore at Everett High School. Her favorite subjects are Art, French, and AVID, (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a college readiness class. She is a member of the EHS Spirit Club, Girls Bowling, and the Track and Field team, and is involved with the school’s annual fall food drive. Elizabeth has participated in Camp Fire since 3rd grade, embracing opportunities to Give Service through volunteer projects for the local food bank, animal shelter, and senior center; assisting with various Council activities and events; and raising funds for her club and the Council through the annual candy sale and Seahawks Spirit of 12 program. She hopes to join the Counselor in Training program at Camp Killoqua this summer. In addition to her Camp Fire activities, Elizabeth has been an active participant in Relay for Life since the age of 8, joining her family to raise money each year for the American Cancer Society. She is honored to be a member of Team Aloha, one of the top Relay fundraising teams in the nation. She is also a member of Assisteens, the teen auxiliary group of the Assistance League of Everett, and participates in fundraising activities to purchase clothing for teens-in-need, which are distributed through Operation School Bell.

Hannah (15), Mill Creek

Hannah is involved in the Sports Medicine program at Jackson, and has logged nearly 100 hours as a volunteer athletic trainer this school year alone...
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Hannah (15), Mill Creek

Camp Fire Snohomish


"Always remember you have within you the strength, patience, and passion to reach for the stars, to change the world."


Hannah is a junior at Jackson High School. She has been swimming her entire life, and as a competitive swimmer since the age of 9.  She has participated in the WIAA 4A state swim meet the past 2 years, and has earned a Varsity letter in swimming her Freshman, Sophomore and will letter again this year as a Junior. She is also involved in the Sports Medicine program at Jackson, and has logged nearly 100 hours as a volunteer athletic trainer this school year alone.  Hannah is also active with Camp Killoqua, and this past summer spent 3 weeks at camp as a Counselor-in-Training.  She was a member of Camp Fire for 8 years, and one year sold over 1000 boxes of candy.  She has also volunteered with the Spirit of 12 Foundation, selling programs at Seahawks games.

Ruth (13), Everett

I want to go to College to study Archaeology, Anthropology and Egyptology because I love the ancient Egyptians…
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Ruth (13), Everett

Camp Fire Snohomish



Ruth  is a 13yr old high honors 8th grader at Voyager Middle School in Everett Washington.   Her diverse interests include Archaeology, Egyptology, Music, Playing Flute, Anime and her new kitten Bastet (Egyptian cat goddess).  Ruth has been a Camp Fire member since 2008 and enjoys going to Camp Killoqua every summer and doing Community Service projects with her club.  Since early this year, Ruth has taken it upon herself to help her neighborhood in South Everett by painting over graffiti on its walls.

Maggie (13), Darrington

I love to read and want to be a writer someday...
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Maggie (13), Darrington

Camp Fire Snohomish



Maggie has lived in the small rural town of Darrington all of her life. On March 22, 2013, the Highway 530 landslide deeply affected her quiet community. Maggie was immediately there to help by unloading disaster relief supplies and volunteering at local events. She is also active in other community organizations including the Darrington Skate Park project and the Historical Society. Despite having a mild form of epilepsy which causes absence seizures, Maggie has bravely participated in the middle school drama club and cheerleading. One of her most recent challenges has been to participate in Camp Fire’s week long archery camp. The goal on her next birthday is to begin volunteering at a local animal shelter.

Danny (10), Darrington

I like outdoor adventures including skateboarding, rollerblading and riding my bike through big puddles…
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Danny (10), Darrington

Camp Fire Snohomish



Danny has proven to be a resilient kid from the start! Born three months premature, he was placed into foster care as an infant. After a long hospitalization, he went home to live with the lucky family who would eventually adopt him. Although he continues to face many challenges, he takes on most days with a happy grin and outgoing personality. When the landslide affected his small community of Darrington, Danny experienced loss, confusion and sadness. Camp Fire’s Camp Willie gave him a safe place to come to terms with these feelings. Danny feels the happiest when he is outside and staying active. He wants to go to camp every summer until he is old enough to be a Counselor.

Natalie (14), Everett

Natalie's energetic Camp Fire group has helped at the food bank, volunteered at Bethany nursing home, helped at events to feed the homeless, and made cards for hospitalized Vets…
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Natalie (14), Everett

Camp Fire Snohomish



Natalie is a fun-loving freshman at Cascade High School. She's been involved with Camp Fire since she was in the 4th grade (6 years). With the grounded influence of their service-minded Camp Fire leader, her energetic Camp Fire group has helped at the food bank, volunteered time creating art projects, volunteered at Bethany nursing home, helped at events to feed the homeless, and made cards for hospitalized Vets, among other meaningful projects serving her community.  An avid music lover, Natalie was in every music club her middle school had to offer (Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, a marimba band, and Advanced Band). She plays flute, piano and percussion instruments, and loves to sing.  She is currently involved in Cascade Sound's Marching Band and enjoys the sometimes exhausting performance work. When Marching Band season is over she will finally have the time to join the school Drama Club.  Natalie hopes to one day become a music teacher or a voice actor.

Terrence (15), Everett

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

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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

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"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

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""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

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"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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Big Borthers Big Sisters of Puget Sound



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

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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

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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



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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."