Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Boys & Girls Club Member Awarded Dwight Brydie Scholarship

Posted in Press Releases, Uncategorized, Youth Employement by megganmccarthy on February 1, 2010

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is proud to announce Valerie Valdez as the 2010 recipient of the Dwight Brydie Scholarship. The scholarship was presented on January 20, 2010 at the California Workforce Association’s 10th Annual Youth Conference in Long Beach.

The $1,000 scholarship is named in memory of longtime California Employment Development Department employee Dwight Brydie, who was a committed and passionate advocate for youth. The scholarship encourages educational and workforce advancement for youth planning to continue their education after high school. Winners of the scholarship must demonstrate leadership potential and/or provide positive role models for other youth, show the ability to make good choices, and who desire to improve their skills and abilities to succeed in the workplace.

Valerie Valdez, 17, is the senior class president for Hueneme High School where she is in charge of providing resources to students, organizing parent nights and informing her peers of graduation requirements. She also realizes the importance of helping others. Once Valerie graduates, she hopes to use her scholarship award to help her pursue her education at Cal State Fullerton and major in public relations with a minor in public administration.

In August 2009, Valerie enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club Job Ready Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), a program funded by the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Ventura County. YEP teaches youth ages 16-21 the skills needed to get a job, get back in school or stay on track to receive a high school diploma. Over 340 Ventura County youth received WIB-supported services through YEP and other programs for education, employment and life-skills training in 2009. For more information about YEP call (805) 483-1118.

About the Workforce Investment Board
The Workforce Investment Board administers federal funds that help to support Job & Career Centers (JCC) and other adult, youth, and employer programs and services in Ventura County. With additional resources from the County of Ventura Human Services Agency, the JCCs provide employment assistance, career training and education services to job seekers, and employee recruitment, customized training and employer consulting to local businesses. JCC services are provided at no cost to job seekers and employers. For more information, call 800-500-7705 or visit