From a March 21, 2019, Boys and Girls Club news release.
The new Mukilteo Boys and Girls Club made the long anticipated move from their old 5,000-square-foot building to a brand new 18,000-square-foot facility at 10600 47th Place W.
They held their grand opening event on March 21, 2019.
The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Snohomish County Councilman Brian Sullivan, former Mukilteo Mayor and a member of the original search committee who found the land for the new club.
Mayor Jennifer Gregerson welcomed the community and acknowledged the efforts of key donors and supporters who helped lead the fundraising efforts that made the new Club possible.
The new site is centrally located near the core hub of the community, adjacent to police and fire stations, three local schools and outdoor athletic fields. The club had been housed in an older building at the end of a side street at 1134 Second St. near the waterfront in the Old Town area since 1961.
The new Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club features a new high-tech computer lab, made possible by a $100,000 grant from Comcast. This help will help drive immersive tech and STEM- related activities for club members.
According to 2018 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education, students in the U.S. continue to experience inequitable access to STEM-related classes and resources.
By offering an interactive tech experience at the new center, the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club will help address this access gap by offering an opportunity for children to engage in activities that support technology and STEM-focused curriculum at an earlier age.
The technology equipment in the center’s new computer lab includes, 22 computers, 3-D printers, a wall mounted iPad with interactive lighting control a 65” HD Monitor equipped with computer for digital video lessons, project and collaboration tables, and more.
The new club also includes other important elements like a 8,000-square-foot gym, outdoor sports fields, teen room, community room, games room, kitchen and more.
The new center is named after retired Washington state Senator Paull Shin and his family.
Mr. Shin, the first Korean American ever elected to the Washington State Legislature, was instrumental in helping the club secure the necessary public funding it needed.
Snohomish County Councilman Brian Sullivan, Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, and other public officials from across the community joined representatives from Boys & Girls Club and Comcast Washington to announce the grand opening.
The contribution from Comcast is a part of the company’s commitment to bridging the opportunity divide and helping people build skills for the digital economy. Comcast has contributed more $350 million in cash and in-kind support since 2011 to help fund a wide range of digital training programs, reaching nearly 5 million people through national and local nonprofit community partners like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
The club is still seeking additional sponsors to pitch in as they continue to put finishing touches on the building and the programs for the kids. More volunteers are also needed to teach skills, such as woodworking. Community groups can also rent the community room, and all proceeds go to the club.
Those interested in working with or volunteering at the club, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-355-2773.
People interested in supporting this new club by providing resources for the building or its programs, are encouraged to reach out to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County or go to their website: Boys and Girls Club Mukilteo 2.0.
Mukilteo Boys and Girls Club technology lab. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Boys and Girls Club.