Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

VC Star – B&G clubs there for kids

Posted in General Information, Media Coverage by BGCOP Staff on December 21, 2009

By Tim Blaylock

An economic perfect storm not only raids retirement funds and bankrupts corporations, it robs children of opportunity.

Schools are slashing programs and services, and community organizations like the Boys & Girls Club that fill the voids are struggling with the same challenges that have brought whole industries to the brink of collapse. But we cannot fail our children. To do so, would imperil our entire society.

As families face greater challenges, children are left alone more often, or called upon to help their families by dropping out of school to work or care for younger children while both parents work.

Angelica, 19, was one such child. She has not had the easiest life, but she has risen above her challenges. Though she was raised by a single mother with five children and grew up in a neighborhood where drugs and gangs were prevalent, she dared to dream of a better future. At a time when most teens worry about their next math test or school dance, Angelica was deciding to drop out of school so she could work to help support her family.

Fortunately, she became a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, where she realized she had to continue with her education to be successful in life and do what’s best for her family. The club gave her the opportunity for subsidized work experience with a local small business. This gave Angelica the work experience she needed, along with skills she can use in the work force. She is enrolled at Oxnard College and is working on her associate arts degree in legal assisting, with the long-term goal of becoming an attorney. Her efforts earned her the $1,000 Dwight Brydie Scholarship.

Right now is a critical time for kids. For many, summer is a time with little or no adult interaction or supervision. These children face the threats of drugs, alcohol and teenage pregnancy. They also face being likely victims of crime or getting into trouble with the law, but the Boys & Girls Club gives them a positive path to success.

A 2008 economic impact study of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme found that the arrest rate of youths who attend the Boys & Girls Club is 4 percent, one-third the rate of Ventura County youths as a whole. For incarcerated youths who participated in the Boys & Girls Club program at the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Center, the repeat crime rate is 9 percent, while the national rate is 60 percent.

Thousands of kids each year stay out of trouble and develop positive character and leadership skills through club programs. Each year, because of generous donors, many kids are able to spend their summer days at one of our clubhouses or teen centers in Oxnard and Port Hueneme. They learn new skills and social competencies, go on educational field trips, learn to play musical instruments, play sports and, most importantly, have fun in a safe and secure place.

We are working hard to meet this economic challenge, but we need caring people to help. For local youth agencies, there are no bailouts, bonuses or second chances, just scores of children with no positive, supervised place to go during nonschool hours. Without such a place, the negative consequences are felt for decades through increased crime, increased dropout rates and higher rates of unemployment and teen pregnancy. We must protect and help the positive development of our children, our most precious and vital resource. We cannot let children slide down our list of societal priorities.

Through the Boys & Girls clubs, we can change a young person’s life with a gift of time, compassion and generosity. Some children merely need a caring adult to stand up and say: “You can do it! Failure is not an option. I believe in you!”

Every day at the clubs, children hear just that, and they experience activities that show them they have the power to create a good life for themselves and a better community for us all. No child is ever turned away from our clubs due to an inability to pay the $15-a-year membership fee.

June 11, our organization celebrated its 55th year of service. We invite everyone in the community to help celebrate by being a champion for our kids. For more information, visit us online at http://www.positiveplace4kids.org/getinvolved or contact us at 815-4959 so that together we can make a difference in the lives of more children.

— Tim Blaylock is chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

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Hueneme Pilot – Fire, police units raise gloves, funds

Posted in Events, Media Coverage by BGCOP Staff on December 21, 2009

Hueneme Pilot
From staff reports
Ventura County firefighters proved they could fight more than fires during the
first Battle of the Badges charity boxing challenge Dec. 5, but the real winner
was the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
The event, held at Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, raised about $20,000
for the organization by pitting the Ventura County Fire Department against the
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department in 11 matches billed as Guns vs. Hoses.
The firefighters, after falling behind early, rallied to win, 7 bouts to 4.
“It was spectacular,” said firefighter Jason Hodge, one of the coordinators of the
event. “It was a sold-out house, we had some really great fights, and we raised a
lot of money. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”
Hodge said the money was still being tallied and bills paid but expected to net
around $20,000, more than twice the original goal. “We could have raised even
more if we had known what we were doing,” Hodge joked.
The firefighter said the Boys & Girls Club was selected because “there is a
natural nexus between what the Boys & Girls Clubs do and what we do in law
enforcement and fire education. (The club) empowers children to take care of
themselves and become responsible adults, better citizens. They also have a
boxing program.”
A second event is expected, but Hodge said he was uncertain when it would be.
This year’s event conflicted with Christmas season and an earlier schedule would
occur during fire season. He said February or March of 2011 might be the best
time.
The fights were state-sanctioned, which means each of the fighters had to be
state-approved for the fight and each has an official won-loss record.
“It was just fantastic that we had 22 people standing in the ring, taking punches
and fighting for these kids,” Hodge said. “There were no losers. It was a
phenomenal effort.”

Battle of the Bands Duke It Out

Posted in Clubhouses, Martin V. Smith, Press Releases by BGCOP Staff on December 14, 2009

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Peace Thru Music Program in conjunction with Q104.7 announced they will be hosting the Second Annual Battle of the Bands Talent Show on Friday, December 11 at 6:00pm at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse on Fifth Street in Oxnard. The Peace Thru Music project, led by Tony Barnes gives at-risk youth the opportunity to participate in music instruction and appreciation courses at the club at no charge.

At least twelve bands will be competing in the Battle of the Bands contest and all teens are welcome to attend the event. Participating bands include Negative Zero, the The Gritty’s and Patriots in the punk/rock or hard rock category, while pop and rock performers include Annabel Lee, Counting Planes, Disciples of Mercury, In Reverie, Saturday Giant, Shadows of Aries, Topanga. Hip hop/rap artists include Adrenaline, Luis Barrios, Oscar Fernandez and Premium Entertainment.

Nick St. Nicholas, Barbara Kane of The Tubes and co-author of the book “I, Dolls,” Danny Seraphine, original member of Chicago and current member of CTA, Sara Morgan from the Guitar Center of Oxnard plus a special guest judge from Q104.7 have all generously offered to volunteer their time to participate as judges for the Battle of the Bands competition. Nick St. Nicholas, bass player for Steppenwolf and the World Classic Rockers and Guitar Center of Oxnard have also donated an autographed bass to be raffled off at the event will help raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme Peace Thru Music program.

“We are so thrilled to have celebrity guest judges Nick St. Nicholas and Barbara Kane participate in this capacity with the Battle of the Bands event. We appreciate their commitment to help us create Peace Thru Music,” said Barnes. “Santiago Romero and the rest of the team from Q104.7 have also been instrumental in publicizing our events and are dedicated to helping the youth of Oxnard and Port Hueneme. We appreciate their efforts to help us provide a Positive Place for Kids,” stated Uriah Glynn, Teen Director at the Martin V. Smith Youth Center.

The Teen Center provides a fun, safe environment for all teens to learn and grow, by providing positive mentors and educational and recreational opportunities for all. The center is open from 3:00pm to 8:00pm Monday through Friday. Please contact Uriah Glynn at 805-815-4959 x215 for more information.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme exists to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. With three full-service clubs, 13 school program sites and one housing site, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in California, serving 7,200 members annually. The group is also the first Boys & Girls Club of its kind to open a site at the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Center. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports, fitness and recreation.

First Annual Boxing Fundraiser a Hit with Boys and Girls Club

Posted in Events, Media Coverage, Press Releases, Videos by BGCOP Staff on December 9, 2009

Read on to view the KEYT video of the First Annual Boxing Fundraiser!

Fundraiser puts deputies, firefighters in the boxing ring

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 7, 2009

A charity boxing event featuring deputies and police officers versus firefighters from Ventura County will highlight the inaugural Battle of the Badges — Guns vs. Hoses to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

“This event is unique because cops and firefighters, our two highest-profile local public safety groups, have joined forces out of caring and concern for their community ,” said Richard Shimmel, executive director of the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.

The event is coordinated and supported by volunteers from the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and the Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association. Proceeds will help support the 18 Boys & Girls Club sites in Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

With three full-service clubs and 13 school program sites, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in California, serving 7,200 members annually. Program areas include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, computer training, and sports and fitness.

Shimmel said the clubs’ programs make a dramatic and positive difference for children in some of the community’s most underserved neighborhoods.

“The ultimate goal is to raise as much money as possible for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard & Port Hueneme, which provide valuable youth programs for some of our community’s most underserved neighborhoods,” Shimmel said. “These clubs and the variety of programs they offer make a dramatic and positive difference in the lives of many children and their families, and the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association recognizes and appreciates the impact of the Boys & Girls Clubs. We are in a unique position to understand the value of what the Boys & Girls Clubs offer and we want to help them.”

On Saturday, the Oceanside Pavilion in Port Hueneme will be the site of 10 bouts sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission. Bo Jaxon of B95.1 will be master of ceremonies, and CoastalEvents.net will provide the music.

“This is the best kind of special event fundraising for us,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “When groups do this kind of fundraising it is very effective and efficient for us. And if it becomes an annual event for us then it is funding we can count on year after year.”

The goal is to net $25,000 while raising awareness of the organization and its programs for youths 6 to 18, Blaylock said. The funds will be used to support the Boxing Academy at the club’s Harriet H. Samuelsson Branch on Seventh Street, the clubhouse known as “The Club” at the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Facility, and the Targeted Re-Entry Program — the first of its kind at a California Juvenile Facility.

All charities and nonprofit groups are struggling these days, so anything the community can do to pitch in and support valuable programs like the Boys & Girls Clubs becomes all the more important,” Shimmel said.

By Alicia Doyle
Posted December 3, 2009 at 8:05 a.m. at vcstar.com