Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

After-school Program Ensures Success

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on August 27, 2010

OXNARD, Calif.—Ninety-five percent of Rio School District parents saw an improvement in their children’s academic performance when the children attended the joint Rio and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme after-school programs, a new study has found. “After School Education and Safety Program Evaluation for Rio School District” was conducted over the past year by Dr. Jamshid Damooei, co-director of the Center for Leadership and Values at California Lutheran University.

The study also found that 89 percent of Rio parents said they need the after-school program to keep their children safe while parents are working, and the same percentage said this was the only after-school program available to them.

“Studies have shown that after-school programs play a critical role in keeping kids safe in peak juvenile crime hours, but this report clearly shows very powerful additional benefits,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “Not only do kids’ grades and self-esteem improve, but parents are able to work more hours to create a better life for their families. That means more kids growing up in a healthy home and in turn raising healthy families. The impact on future generations is beyond measure.”

In addition to improved academics and economics, the study found that 94 percent of parents said their child has more self-confidence, and 93 percent said their child has found new friends. Ninety-five percent of parents agreed the greatest improvement they have seen is in their child’s enjoyment of going to school.

“There is no doubt that this program has a special place in the community and its existence is a major help for parents to continue working and support their household,” said Damooei, who also serves as chair of the department of economics, finance and accounting at CLU. “The positive impact is simply undeniable.”

To read the full report, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme exist 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 the first Boys & Girls Club of its kind to open a site inside a Juvenile Justice Center in the state of California. For more information, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.

The Rio School District encompasses six elementary and two middle schools and the Community Day School. There are more than 4,400 students in the district, which serves the unincorporated community of El Rio, the RiverPark development and portions of the city of Oxnard.

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Kaiser Permanente and Community Memorial Hospital Presents the Seventh Annual Boys & Girls Club’s “Day for Kids”

Posted in Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on August 25, 2010


Families are Invited to Spend Time Together at the National Celebration

Oxnard, Calif.— Kaiser Permanente & Community Memorial Hospital announce the fourth annual Boys & Girls Club’s “Day for Kids,” Sept. 25 in Oxnard. The mission of the club’s “Day for Kids” is to build stronger relationships between positive adults and kids by educating them on the importance of spending meaningful time together. The special annual event engages adults, families and youth via local community celebrations, special promotions, public awareness campaigns, educational resources and other opportunities to encourage positive, sustaining relationships. Boys & Girls Clubs of America envisions a nationally-recognized day for young people that will create an extraordinary platform for youth, and establish a lasting tradition to reinforce the need of all children for a positive and caring adult in their lives. To that end, they have deemed the third Saturday of September the official “Day for Kids.” The event is set for 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Martin V. Smith Youth Center, 1900 West 5th Street, Oxnard.

Thanks to our generous sponsors including Kaiser Permanente, Community Memorial Hospital, Oxnard Children’s Dental, Sam’s Club and Dr. Lee, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s “Day for Kids” celebration is a great fun-filled, no-cost way for families and children to spend quality time together. The event will feature Sprinkles the Clown, a petting zoo, reptile and bird shows, arts & crafts, jumpers, a dunk tank, outdoor activities including jousting and sumo wrestling, entertainment, games and free face painting.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme “Day for Kids” invites the public to enjoy music from local musical acts, including appearances by Lois Mahalia, The Grittys, Topanga and Tin Drum. Information about agencies in the community that provide services to local families will be available during the day. For information, please visit http://www.bgcop.org/dayforkids or contact Tiffany Lopez at (805) 483-1118.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is America’s leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, the program is headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 164,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and 14,000 physicians representing all specialties. The organization’s Labor Management Partnership is the largest health care partnership in the United States. It governs how more than 130,000 workers, managers, physicians and dentists work together to make Kaiser Permanente the best place to receive care, and the best place to work.

About Community Memorial Hospital
What originated in 1901 as a single hospital serving its neighbors, Community Memorial Hospital has today grown into an expansive healthcare system that touches the lives of individuals throughout Ventura County, California and beyond. Community Memorial Health System, established in 2005 when Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura merged with Ojai Valley Community Hospital, is comprised of these two hospitals along with nine family-practice health centers serving various communities within Ventura County.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (http://www.positiveplace4kids.org) comprises 18 neighborhood-based facilities serving 7,200 youth annually through Club membership and community outreach. The Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development, education and career exploration, financial literacy, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and family outreach. GREAT FUTURES START HERE.

21st Annual Kids Auction to Benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Posted in Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on August 18, 2010

Oxnard, CA – On Saturday, November 13th, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme will host the 21st Annual Kids Auction at the Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel in Oxnard. The black tie event is the organization’s largest special event fundraiser and hopes to raise over $200,000 that evening. Proceeds from the Black and White Gala themed event will support the 18 Boys & Girls Clubs sites within Oxnard and Port Hueneme and more than 7,200 youth that they serve annually.

The evening will start off at 6 p.m. with a silent auction, and will continue to the dinner and live auction portion of the evening. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on unique vacations, tours and other opportunities, including a variety of men’s and women’s items. The BGCOP and Rio School District’s “Voices of Hope Choir” will also be performing at the event.

The Club is seeking sponsors, auction donors, attendees and volunteers for the evening. Please contact Meggan McCarthy (805) 815-4959 ext. 204 or mmccarthy@bgcop.org for more information.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme Install Board of Directors

Posted in Press Releases by megganmccarthy on August 11, 2010

Awards Given to Community Leaders and BGCOP Staff

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme recently installed its 56th Volunteer Board Officers and Directors at its annual dinner and installation on Thursday, July 26th, 2010 at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse in Oxnard.

BGCOP Youth of the Year Taylor Penny of Oxnard installed the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors and its officers for 2010-11.

2010-2011 Officers

• President: Richard Elzinga
• Vice President: David Newsome
• Treasurer: Anson Mar
• Secretary: Ron Rowen
• Immediate Past President: Steve Kinney

2010-2011 Executive Committee members: Don Facciano, Tony Volante, Richard Duarte, Nancy Mayerson and Sean Leonard.

New Board members include Dr. Catherine Chien, Larry Nathanson and Michael Orman.
Directors installed for 2010-11 include: Kathleen Booth, Lorenzo Castillo, Chief John Crombach, Kim Gibas, Bill Hagelis, Travis Mack, Norman Griffaw, Pete Wallace, John Hobbs, Retha Hux, Mike Montoya, Susan O’Brien, Carmen Ramos-Soriano, Mark Shipp, Bill Tucker, Peter Zierhut and Naval Liaison to the Board, Master Chief Dean Joyce CMDCM(SCW) USN NBVC.

Sean Leonard was given the Rookie Board member of the Year and David Newsome was named Board Member of the Year. In addition, National Service to Youth awards were given to board members and staff with five or more years of service to the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Staff awards were presented to: Meggan McCarthy and LaVonne McCollough, Most Valuable Staff, and the Youth Development Award was given to Erin Ramboldt The Caring award was presented to Tony Barnes, Excellence award to Doug Barrett, Communication to Christine Vallejo, Innovation to Myra Morales and Susan Lopez and the Leadership award was presented to Myranda Huck.

GREAT FUTURES START HERE!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (http://www.bgcop.org) comprises 18 neighborhood-based facilities serving 7,200 youth annually through Club membership and community outreach. The Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development, education and career exploration, technology, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and family outreach.

Oxnard Teens ‘Do Something’ to Collect School Supplies for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Posted in Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on August 3, 2010

Twilight’s Nikki Reed Joins Staples and DoSomething.org to Promote the 3rd Annual Staples/Do Something 101 National School Supply Drive

OXNARD, Calif. – (August 3, 2010) – DoSomething.org and Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) are teaming up with actress and screenwriter, Nikki Reed, for the 3rd Annual National Staples/Do Something 101 School Supply Drive (www.dosomething101.org).

As part of Do Something 101 (www.dosomething101.org), Nikki, star of this summer’s blockbuster film Twilight: Eclipse, is encouraging Oxnard teens to make a difference this summer by collecting school supplies and dropping them off at their local Staples store from July 4 through September 18. In addition, Staples customers can get involved by donating $1 at the local Oxnard Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Oxnard students in need.

All school supplies and donations will be given locally to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme to ensure they get into the hands of disadvantaged youth just in time for the new school year.

“Do Something 101 has done an amazing job in its first two years, and I’m excited to make the 2010 campaign the best yet,” said Nikki Reed. “Every donated pencil, notebook and other supplies can add up to make a big difference in improving education.”

During the first two Do Something 101 school supply drives, Staples and DoSomething.org, with the help from celebrity supporters Jordin Sparks and Ciara, raised more than $750,000. To build on this success and help kick off the 2010 campaign, Nikki is starring in a public service announcement (PSA) that will air on television and radio stations nationwide through September. Staples is also donating more than $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program.

“Since 2008, Do Something 101 has inspired teens and Staples customers to help students in need who cannot afford basic school supplies,” said Jevin Eagle, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing at Staples. “Staples is committed to making a difference in the community, and we hope to continue to build awareness for Do Something 101 to help hundreds of thousands of students succeed in school.”

Oxnard teens who want to get involved can go to http://www.DoSomething101.org for ideas on how to run local school supply drives and to sign up for an action kit. Whether holding a school supply drive at summer camp, during a summer sports league, or at a neighborhood block party, DoSomething.org and Staples offer tips, resources, and flyers for how to get started and make the most of every teen’s summer.

“DoSomething.org empowers teens to take action in their communities,” said Nancy Lublin, CEO and Chief Old Person at DoSomething.org. “Staples has been a fantastic supporter for the past several years and we’re thrilled to continue the relationship, and the Do Something 101 campaign, to provide young people with even more opportunities to rock social change with their friends this summer.”

To further demonstrate support for DoSomething.org, new for 2010, Staples is launching a line of DoSomething.org-inspired products that students can use to keep organized and learn about important issues impacting their communities. Students can visit http://www.dosomething101.org/staples for additional information and suggestions to help them take action in their communities.

About DoSomething.org:
DoSomething.org believes teenagers have the power to make a difference. We leverage communications technologies to enable teens to convert their ideas and energy into positive action. We inspire, empower and celebrate a generation of doers: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action. Plug in at http://www.dosomething.org.

About Staples:
Staples, the world’s largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products and services. Our broad selection of office supplies, electronics, technology and office furniture as well as business services, including computer repair and copying and printing, helps our customers run their offices efficiently. With 2009 sales of $24 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 25 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia serving businesses of all sizes and consumers. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today ranks second worldwide in e-commerce sales. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples is available at http://www.staples.com/media.