Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

GAS COMPANY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO THREE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB YOUTH

Posted in Character & Leadership, Education, Press Releases by megganmccarthy on July 20, 2010

OXNARD, Calif. – Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) has awarded college scholarships totaling $3,000 to three Boys & Girls Club members and employees.
Among the recipients awarded the $1,000 scholarships were: Edlin Marquez, who will attend UC Santa Barbara and Melody Rodriguez who is off to UC Santa Cruz in the fall.
Among the recipients awarded $500 scholarships were: Valerie Valdez of Channel Islands High School and Maricruz Ayala of Pacifica High School.
“The scholarships recognize the students for academic achievement and other important signs of character,” said Michele Pettes, public affairs manager at The Gas Company. The Gas Company is awarding scholarships to 153 high school seniors and community college graduates in Southern California this year, “As a way of partnering with our communities and improving the quality of life for young people with high potential,” said Pettes. “We are grateful to the Gas Company for its continued commitment to the youth of Oxnard and Port Hueneme to help them pursue their educational dreams. We know that the greatest opportunity to defeat poverty and to gain success is through higher education. We are proud of these young people and congratulate them on these well deserved scholarships.” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. One recipient, Edlin Marquez was elated to be selected, “I am looking forward to being the first in my family to go off to college and am thankful to the Gas Company for helping turn my dream into reality.”
The Gas Company’s Scholarship Program began in 1966 and is designed to meet the needs of young people in continuing their education while preparing to enter the highly competitive workforce. Since its creation, nearly $2 million in scholarship funds have been awarded to about 2,000 students. The Gas Company gives more than $150,000 annually towards scholarship programs throughout Southern California.

About the Gas Company

Southern California Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.5 million consumers through 5.7 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. The Gas Company is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE). Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company.

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BE CREATIVE: Youths Win Regional Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals in ClayTech: Boys & Girls Club Members to Compete for National Title and Prizes

Posted in Clubhouses, Martin V. Smith, Press Releases, Videos by megganmccarthy on July 1, 2010

OXNARD, CA 07/01/2010 – For the 8th Annual Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals, Boys & Girls Club members across the country were encouraged to follow in the footsteps of notable Boys & Girls Club alumni such as Denzel Washington, Mario Lopez and Usher, and BE Creative in depicting the greatness within their Club. Anthony Herrera, 12, Johnathan Garibay, 12 and Marquis Sedeno, 11, were encouraged to engage in unique forms of artistic expression to create a digital piece of art in the ClayTech category. Their entry, entitled Be Creative: Alien Football, not only creatively captured this theme, but it brought home the top honor for the Pacific Region in the 10 through 12 age group. Now on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Herrera, Garibay and Sedeno will vie for the national title and an expenses-paid trip to Atlanta to learn about real world application of the skills learned through the program or a $500 reward to the Club to honor their great efforts and accomplishments.

The Digital Arts Festivals are a dynamic component of the national Club Tech program, a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America, founding sponsor Microsoft and Comcast with the goal to provide youth with the skills needed to thrive in a technology-driven world.

In contests held locally, regionally and nationally, the Digital Arts Festivals celebrate the creativity and technical abilities of area Boys & Girls Club members. Members are encouraged to combine these elements to generate a digital masterpiece in one of four categories—photo illustration, music production, filmmaking and graphic design. Members created artwork that reflected this year’s theme “BE CREATIVE.” From magazine ads and bumper stickers or billboards, to clay animations or PSAs and digital music, the artwork was judged based on age, artistic merit and demonstrated technological skills of the members.

Herrera (Director and Producer), Garibay (Set Designer and Editor ) and Sedeno (Creative Writer) have been members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme for over three years now and started their project in September of 2009. The inspiration for the Claymation production about football came from the members who love to play and watch sports and spent six months on this 60-second short film. The team designed storyboards, molded their characters, built the set from cardboard, tissue paper and paint, photographed the storyline and finally edited their masterpiece. The Club was proud of the team’s accomplishment.

“Technology know-how is almost always expected in the world today. Thus, it is important that we help spark the imagination, and help our youth discover potential career paths so that they will be
well-prepared for the future. The Club Tech Digital Arts Festival does just that. It helps develop members’ creativity and allows them to play with the limitless possibilities of their imagination,” said Karen McDonald, vice president, Program & Youth Development Services at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “The experience gained from this event will help carry our young people through grade school into college and into the career world.”

Through Club Tech, members are introduced to the world of clay animation, robotics, game design, digital movie making, photo illustration, graphic design, music production and Web design. Youth follow an interactive, age-appropriate curriculum and complete various projects throughout the year.

National teen winners receive an expenses-paid summer trip that includes sightseeing and job-shadowing experiences. In years past, winners have visited the headquarters of Microsoft in Seattle, Best Buy in Minneapolis and Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Atlanta to get a behind-the-scenes peek at potential careers.

This year, teens (ages 13-18) will venture to Atlanta for four days and four nights of fun-filled educational and career exploration experiences. Winners in the youth division (ages 6-12) will receive $500 per category to the Club to hold an event or day trip to honor their national winners.

The Festivals are just one way that Boys & Girls Clubs of America, founding sponsor Microsoft and Comcast hope to technologically enable more than 4.2 million youth served by some 4,000 Clubs nationwide and abroad through Club membership and community outreach. Club Tech also provides software, develops and delivers curricula, and provides program management and computer training for staff and youth. The sponsorship allows Clubs to integrate technology into every aspect of the organizations’ fabric, from overall management to core programs.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Club Tech Program
Club Tech was created by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) and Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) in 2000 to technologically enable Clubs worldwide, transforming Clubs from “swim and gym” to “point and click.” Partnering with long-time supporter Comcast (www.comcast.com) and Microsoft, BGCA provides technology program access to some 4.2 million youth served through Club membership and community outreach at some 4,000 Clubs. By leveling the virtual playing field, kids of all ages and circumstances now have access to the same resources and skills to help them discover their world, expand creativity, perform better in school, and eventually take their technology know-how into the workplace.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme
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 inside a Juvenile Justice Center in the state of California. 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. For more information, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.