Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Boys & Girls Club Puts Music into the Lives of Youth

Posted in Arts, Martin V. Smith, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on April 28, 2010

Boys & Girls Club member, Jimi Zendejas


Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Peace Thru Music program provides free music lessons year-round at various sites

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Peace Thru Music program announces open enrollment for local youth to participate in this free program for Boys & Girls Club members. The Peace Thru Music program is dedicated to enriching the lives of children by providing access to music education, music appreciation and musical instruments. In addition to students, the Club is seeking volunteers and donations of musical instruments and music books.
Peace Thru music is part of a variety of Arts programs available to youth in the Oxnard and Port Hueneme communities. Additionally, the Clubs’ Voices of Hope Choir – a partnership with the Rio School District, gives opportunity to after school program students to take part in the choir program on-campus. “The Boys & Girls Clubs offer a positive place for kids whose parents are seeking an economical, safe and enriching environment for their children, and this program is yet another opportunity provided to youth while their parents are hard at work. We are providing youth who wouldn’t otherwise have access the opportunity for music education, lessons or use of instruments,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “We are putting music and instruments in the hearts and hands of children. The program is truly changing lives,” noted Tony Barnes, director of the Peace Thru Music program. The cost for parents to send their child to a Club in Oxnard or Port Hueneme is just $15 per year, and no child is turned away due to economic hardship –scholarships are available for any child whose family cannot afford the annual fee.
For more than 55 years, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme Clubs have provided programming to local youth 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.

Music education helps children in the following ways:
• Improves early cognitive development
• Develops creativity
• Inspires imagination
• Develops motor skills, coordination levels, and spatial reasoning skills
• Enhances social skills
• Builds self-esteem and self-discipline
• Improves mathematical skills, science, and language arts
• Teaches children to work in a group setting and develop problem-solving skills
• Reduces the anti-social behavior of at-risk children and improves school attendance
• Improves attention levels in special needs children

If you, a friend or loved one have an instrument which is no longer being utilized and would like to find a home for it, please consider donating it to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Contact Linda le Brock, llebrock@bgcop.org or 805-815-4959 x 205. For those interested in volunteering, please contact Tiffany Lopez, tlopez@bgcop.org or 805-815-4959 x 207.

To learn more about the Peace Thru Music Program or about the Clubs, please contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme at 815-4999 or visit http://www.peacethrumusic.org. The Club welcomes anyone interested to visit the Martin V. Smith Youth Center and see first-hand the impact being made on today’s youth.

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