Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Local businesses can sponsor Boys & Girls Club’s annual It Just Takes One Breakfast

Posted in Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on March 24, 2010

Erin Gruwell

Local businesses can support character and leadership development of community youth through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s annual It Just Takes One Breakfast on April 22. Corporate sponsors are sought for the event, which will feature a keynote address by Erin Gruwell, the teacher portrayed by Hilary Swank in the movie “Freedom Writers.”

Sponsorship benefits include corporate recognition at the event and a table of priority seating. This year’s event sponsors include First California Bank, Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Gills Onions, Sysco of Ventura, County Commerce Bank, Ventura County Star, Pacific Coast Business Times and Time Warner Cable. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Linda le Brock at (805) 815-4959 x205 or llebrock@bgcop.org.

The breakfast is the culmination of the club’s It Just Takes One Campaign, in which the club encourages residents to help bridge the gap between membership fees and program costs. While members pay $15 per year, the club pays $500 per year in program fees for each child. Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme have higher graduation rates and lower teen pregnancy and crime rates than area youth, resulting in a 400 percent return on donor investments.

“It just takes one person to make an incredible difference in the life of a child,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “Every community member can be the difference that helps one child grow up to not just survive, but to be great. Through gifts large and small, we can ensure our children have a solid foundation to resist today’s peer pressures and embrace tomorrow’s leadership roles.”

This year’s honorary campaign chairs are Oxnard Mayor Tom Holden and Port Hueneme Mayor Norm Griffaw. To make a donation to the campaign, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org/getinvolved/donate.htm.

Be a Part of Something Great: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme Celebrates Proven Programs That Are Shaping Lives of America’s Youth

Posted in Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on March 17, 2010

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme opens its doors to the community during National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 22-26

Oxnard, CA – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme joins Boys & Girls Clubs across America this week to celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 22-26, by hosting several events to emphasize the importance and value of the Clubs to the Oxnard and Port Hueneme communities. The organization invites everyone to come visit the Martin V. Smith Youth Center and see first-hand the impact being made on today’s youth.

“Boys & Girls Clubs are increasingly playing a vital role in many young people’s lives,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “In today’s economic climate, we offer a positive place for kids whose parents are seeking an economical, safe and enriching environment for their children.” The cost for parents to send their child to a Club is $15 per year, while it cost the Clubs $500 to provide those services per youth, annually.

Boys & Girls Clubs are unique in the field of child development due to five identifying characteristics. Clubs provide:
• A safe place to learn and grow,
• Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals,
• Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences,
• Hope and opportunity, and
• Peer, staff and volunteer recognition.
For more than 75 years, Clubs have celebrated Boys & Girls Club Week in a variety of ways, all with an emphasis on five core Club program areas: Character & Leadership Development; Education & Career Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. Activities in these five core areas support Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s overarching goal to help each child reach their full potential and BE GREAT by securing academic success, living a healthy lifestyle and distinguishing themselves as young leaders.

Planned activities during Boys & Girls Club Week include:

• Week-long national Imagemakers exhibit

• Monday: Clubhouse kick-off, 4-6pm

• Tuesday: Straight-Up Project 6 – 7:30pm (Teens, pre-teens and parents welcome)

• Wednesday: Safe Kids Day, featuring the American Red Cross, ages 6-12, 4-6pm

• Thursday: Triple Play Gamesroom Festival, ages 6-18, 4-8pm

Board Sponsored Open House – Exhibit Judging

– Friday – Clubwide Variety Show, 6 – 8pm

To learn more about these activities, contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme at 815-4999 or visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.

Community can support youth development through Boys & Girls Club’s It Just Takes One Campaign

Posted in Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on March 16, 2010

Honorary "It Just Takes One" Campaign Chairs Mayors Tom Holden and Norm Griffaw with Boys & Girls Club Members

Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme have higher high school graduation rates and lower teen pregnancy and crime rates than other area youth. This equates to a 400 percent return on investment in club programs. The local Boys & Girls Club is encouraging individuals to invest in this local organization as it kicks off its annual It Just Takes One Campaign.

“It just takes one person to make an incredible difference in the life of a child,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “Every community member can be the difference that helps one child grow up to not just survive, but to be great. Through gifts large and small, we can ensure our community has a sound future by developing young people who have strong ethics and character to resist today’s peer pressures and embrace tomorrow’s leadership roles.”

The annual campaign raises funds to bridge the gap between membership fees and program costs. While members pay $15 per year, the club pays $500 per year in program expenses for each child in club programs.

To make a donation to the campaign, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org/getinvolved/donate.htm.

This year’s honorary campaign chairs are Oxnard Mayor Tom Holden and Port Hueneme Mayor Norm Griffaw. The campaign will culminate with the annual It Just Takes One Breakfast on April 22, featuring heralded teacher and “Freedom Writers” author Erin Gruwell. For breakfast sponsorship opportunities, contact Linda le Brock at (805) 815-4959 x205 or llebrock@bgcop.org.

Rotary Clubs of Oxnard & Ventura Marina, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard & Port Hueneme Young Professionals Network to Host 2nd Annual Wine & Art Trail in Downtown Oxnard

Posted in Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on March 10, 2010

OXNARD, Calif.- On Sunday, April 18, 2010, Oxnard Rotary and Rotary Marina along with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Young Professionals Network will hold its inaugural launch of Wine/Art Trail—Rediscovering Downtown Oxnard, an event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs’ After-School Music Program. The event, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm will start in downtown Oxnard’s Heritage Square and feature a five-stop walking tour. The trail will take you through a fun tour tasting fine local wines and food offerings while enjoying the unique artists’ exhibits at each location. The tour will include Heritage Square, Rancho Ventavo Cellars, Downtown Center for the Arts, Carnegie Museum and Fresh & Fabulous.
Wineries participating in the 2nd Annual Wine & Art Trail are Herzog Winery, Opolo Vineyards, Rancho Ventavo Cellars, Santa Barbara Winery, Stafford Premium Wines and Summerland Winery.
Committee co-chair Kate Koslosky, Oxnard Rotary President stated, “I am excited to see our second year of the Wine & Art Trail come together after a very successful first year. This year we are again featuring Ventura County wineries, local restaurants, and downtown Oxnard venues for the Art exhibits. In addition, participants will be able to see and hear more from the Boys and Girls Club “Voices of Hope” choir; their music program is the direct beneficiary of this event to provide funds to continue the vocal and instrumental programs. It’s also fantastic to work with several local organizations to bring this event to fruition.”

The event will conclude back at Heritage Square where participants will be treated to a signature event wine glass and a performance by the “Voices of Hope” Choir and Orchestra. The performance will be followed by a raffle offering fabulous prizes. Individual tickets are $50 in advance and $65 at the door. Tickets are available online at http://www.winearttrail.com or at the Boys & Girls Club (5th St. location), Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, Herzog Wine Cellars and the California Welcome Center.

“Voices of Hope” Choir and Orchestra is an important after-school educational opportunity and a collaborative effort with the Rio School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The performance consists of an orchestra and choir. There are currently 85 students participating in each. Over 500
children have auditioned. Many students have been waiting outside the music classroom eagerly asking when they will have the opportunity to take music lessons. For at-risk youth, music education can make all the difference.
For Sponsorship Opportunities, ticket sales, or further information please contact the Oxnard Rotary at info@oxnardrotary.org.

OUTSTANDING OXNARD TEEN TO COMPETE FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA’S STATE YOUTH OF THE YEAR HONOR

Posted in Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on March 8, 2010

Taylor Penny named 2010 Area Council Youth of the Year

OXNARD, Calif.— Taylor Penny is a true example of an extraordinary young woman. At age 16, she has just been selected among her peers from Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties to compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the California Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 scholarship from the Reader’s Digest Foundation. As the Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Penny is among hundreds of local youth across the country recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. This program was founded over 60 years ago through the generosity of Reader’s Digest. Penny has been a Club member since she relocated from Las Vegas to Oxnard at the age of nine. A great leader and mentor to the younger members at the Club, Penny and her family have had their fair share of struggles. Her older sister dropped out of high school at the age of 17 due to her pregnancy, setting the stage for Taylor and her younger brother. Additionally, like many, the economic downturn has effected Taylor and her family a great deal as they have suffered job losses and have been forced to move multiple times over the course of the past couple of years. Despite these hardships, she continues to persevere in all that she does, as these difficulties continue to motivate her to “Be Great.”
A sophomore at Oxnard High School now, she’s enrolled in only college prep and honors classes. She runs varsity track, is actively involved in ASB and in her spare time, is a competitive cheerleader with the California All Stars. If that weren’t enough to keep her busy, Penny participates in the Keystone leadership group and also volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club several days a week as a tutor, mentor and administrative assistant. “We are so proud of Taylor, who’s story is truly inspiring and serves as a great model to all youth at our Clubs,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
If Penny wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Pacific Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship. The five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2010 to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 college scholarship and is installed by the President in an Oval Office ceremony.