The week of July 11th, teens from Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue, and Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound traveled to our nation’s capitol for National Youth Advocacy Days. There they met with Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer among others to discuss the importance and impact the Club has had on their lives.
“To see all the young teens come together and share all of the advocacy work they are doing left me speechless – so many youth doing big things around the nation. Our teens in particular really enjoyed meeting with the senators and advocating for what they need help with in our communities. For example, one of our teens, Toni, talked about needing more resources for mental health with our youth in our community. They also enjoyed the panel made up of people who worked in congress, past employers of BGC, and other prestigious representatives to hear from them about what they can do in their communities to help make a change and then opened up a Q&A section as well giving the youth a chance to pick their brains!
“It was an empowering conference that left our teens wanting to come back and start making changes!”
– Makenzie White I (left), Branch Manager, Al Davies Branch, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound