Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

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.

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