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2013 Camp Hercules: Beluga whales, a harp seal and Native youth

Club members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County - Tulalip Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Three Affiliated Tribes recently attended Camp Hercules in Mystic, CT from July 9-12. They represented their Clubs in this Immersion Mentoring-centered camp which explored many aspects of underwater life throughout the exciting four days of events. The youth participated in activities such as touring the Mystic Aquarium, attending a sea lion show, completing a Coastal Field Study Program at Rocky Neck State Park, sailing aboard the Argia Schooner, exploring the Mystic Seaport, and competing in the Camp Hercules Olympics. In addition, the campers were able to witness a harp seal being released into the ocean! At the conclusion of the camp, each participant received their own graduation certificate. Club members showed off their knowledge of the Immersion Learning Program and even got the chance to listen to Dr. Robert Ballard speak! Dr. Ballard not only discovered the Titanic, but is also the founder of Immersion Learning.

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Club Alumni Bowen Fear - Living Drug Free

As with many teens, drugs threatened to become a problem for Club Alumni, Bowen Fear. Luckily, the Boys & Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles staff helped steer him in the right direction. Bowen attributed part of his turnaround to former Club staff, Matt Crow. He described Matt as, “kind of my mentor. He always gave me good advice and he was always someone I could talk to if I had problems. He was a good coach and a good influence.”

Bowen now works as an early childhood educator with Head Start, as well as teaches Ojibwe language and culture. He and his wife of six years, Rena, are raising seven kids. Bowen has proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve over the last five years. His willingness to serve is apparent in all aspects of his life, including his work, his kids, and even his Club basketball team in the men’s league.

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Club Alumna Does Big Things

You may have heard of former Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale - Red Mountain Branch Club member Daryl Lynn Jay. She was their Youth of the Year in 2004, and is a member of the Komatke Village of the Gila River Indian Community. She also won the titles of Junior Miss Gila River, Miss Gila River, and Miss Indian Arizona. She was a member of the NCAI’s Youth Commission, Governor Napolitano’s Youth on Education Board Member, and Akimel O’odham PeePosh Youth Council Member and President. Daryl Lynn was also a game room instructor and teen director at the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley.

Daryl Lynn still hasn’t slowed down!  She is currently majoring in public administration at Scottsdale Community College, and wants to pursue a master’s degree and maybe a doctorate. She works for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community’s Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs as a youth development specialist. Daryl Lynn also runs a non-profit called Shining Stars. Shining Stars helps young Pima women with life skills, self esteem, and goal-setting.

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Mentoring with Native Drumming

Greg McGhee is a tribal member, youth counselor, and mentor at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Atmore, AL. Greg is also a drumming instructor. He teaches drumming to five, male mentees. They love learning about their culture while also learning about drumming. The Club members also enjoy the company and have a good time when they get together!

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Ocean Explorer Speaks to Tulalip Boys & Girls Club

In April, the Tulalip Boys & Girls Club welcomed a visitor they had read about but never met: Dr. Robert Ballard, the famous ocean explorer known for discovering the RMS Titanic. More than 240 attendees welcomed Dr. Ballard, and Tulalip tribal members presented him with a Pendleton blanket and cedar mask. Dr. Ballard spoke about his experiences in ocean exploration and his work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Dr. Ballard has inspired many youth to pursue futures in STEM with his organization, JASON Learning, which implements STEM curricula in classrooms, afterschool settings, and summer programs. The Tulalip Club is one of two Clubs in the country that has a JASON Learning Exploration Command Center (ECC), a system of computers and TV monitors that connect members to ocean science researchers on board exploration vessels. Dr. Ballard toured the ECC and listened as Club members shared what they had learned. 

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