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

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

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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