Meet Natasha—she is one of the star students in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue (BGCB) family. When Natasha wanted extra help with her homework, a friend suggested she go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue. Natasha started coming to BGCB her junior year at Sammamish High School and quickly became involved in other programs offered through the BGCB. She has been making an enormous impact both at the Club and in her local community ever since.
For Natasha, the BGCB provides tutoring, homework help, access to amazing mentors and a wealth of opportunities to develop leadership skills.
Natasha has become such a leader that her peers recently elected her to be Vice President of Keystone, a BGCB group that organizes volunteer opportunities in the community for students at the Club. Keystoners elect officers and plan and implement their own activities in six areas: service to Club and community, leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social recreation. During her favorite Keystone outing, Natasha and other volunteers supported runners in a 5K race with water, food and loud cheers of encouragement. The skills she has learned at Keystone will be especially useful this fall as she tackles a Finance and Marketing internship with Microsoft—as a senior in high school!
One thing is certain: Natasha is a talented and ambitious girl. As if knowing three languages, English, Russian and Armenian, was not enough, she is on her way to learning French and will begin taking Spanish classes through her Running Start program at Bellevue College this fall. The five languages she will soon master will serve her well in the future, as she aspires to have a career in international business.
One lesson Natasha learned with the help of BGCB is that it’s never too early to learn about the world of business. This summer, the Club helped send Natasha to Business Week at Pacific Lutheran University where she collaborated with top students from around the state to learn about different career paths and develop leadership skills. Natasha will start applying to colleges in the fall. To prepare for the process, she has taken advantage of both the college visits and SAT prep classes offered to students at the BGCB.
When asked what brings her back to the club every day, Natasha unequivocally answered “the people.” Both the staff and her peers have positive, friendly and accepting attitudes, she says. Without a doubt, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue family is proud to support Natasha and excited to see what she accomplishes next.