Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

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Posted in Media Coverage, Press Releases by BGCOP Staff on September 24, 2010

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS DAY FOR KIDS

Celebrating and honoring children locally and nationally

WHEN:            Saturday, September 25, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (organized activities throughout the day; see attached for more information.)

WHERE:         Martin V Smith Youth Center

1900 West Fifth Street, Oxnard

WHAT:            Children and their families in the Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme area will join together to spend quality time together to share a moment, create a memory and to make a kid’s day. There will be live entertainment, a dignitary presentation, outdoor activities, food and a Worldwide Day of Play Teen 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

Organizers expect more than 2, 000 people to attend this 7th annual event.

Please see the attached document for a detailed listing of the day’s activities and timing, as well as a list of sponsors and event supporters.

CONTACT:     Tim Blaylock, CPO, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

(805) 815-4959 x 203

Cell: (805) 331-6090

tblaylock@bgcop.org

ABOUT:          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. 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 www.positiveplace4kids.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs benefit kids and economy, report shows

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 22, 2010

The Boys & Girls Clubs that dot Ventura County offer low-cost or free after-school programming to nearly 23,000 kids every year at 46 centers, a growing attendance figure that club officials have rattled off to supporters for years.

Officials now have new statistics based on a study presented Tuesday:

Parents who were able to stay at work longer because their children attend a club generate an additional $144 million in earnings for their families each year.

Some 3 percent of teenage girls in Ventura County get pregnant, compared with zero incidents reported among teenage girls who attend the clubs.

n Ninety-seven percent of club members pass the high school exit exam, while the countywide figure is 70 percent.

The study was prepared by California Lutheran University economist Jamshid Damooei, who surveyed club participants and parents to calculate the economic impact the clubs make in the community.

The clubs produce an economic ripple effect in the community far beyond the club’s program areas into education, life skills, arts and fitness, he concluded. The clubs serve youths ages 6 to 18.

“By digging deeper, it becomes readily apparent that the clubs create tremendous economic value in the community,” said Damooei, who presented his findings to the county Board of Supervisors. A large group of club administrators and supporters attended the board’s meeting to hear the results.

The Boys & Girls Clubs collectively paid Damooie several thousand dollars to produce the study, which club administrators hope will convince donors that their money is being well spent and spur new investment during a difficult fundraising climate.

“We now have documentation that shows the clubs are effective,” said Linda White, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley.

Among those recent investors were the supervisors, who agreed in June to contribute $400,000 in one-time money toward the construction of a permanent, expanded clubhouse at a park in the unincorporated community of Saticoy. At the time, the board also awarded $50,000 to transport children from the Piru and the Rancho Sespe communities to the Boys & Girls Club in Fillmore, $50,000 for the Somis satellite of the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club, and $50,000 for the club in Oak View.

Supervisors praised club officials in the audience for their efforts with area youths and voted unanimously for a resolution declaring Saturday as Boys & Girls Clubs “Day for Kids” in Ventura County.

Damooie said club members, when compared with peers who do not attend a club, have better school attendance and are more likely to graduate from high school, less likely to get pregnant, and less likely to engage in risky behaviors resulting in juvenile crime.

“The economic costs associated with teen motherhood are colossal,” said Damooie, chairman of CLU’s department of economics, finance and accounting and president of Damooie Global Research.

The report shows an annual savings of $308,448 in childbirth expenses and more than $12 million in savings over the lifetime of a woman who did not become a teenage mom.

The most remarkable finding to Damooie were the added earnings by working parents, many who would have to reduce their work and income without the Boys & Girls Clubs to supervise their children after school. Some of the clubs’ after-school centers stay open until 7 p.m., allowing parents to stay at work longer or continue their education to get better jobs. The average per year gain by working parents of club members was $30,000, he estimated, with a county total of added earnings to families at more than $144.7 million.

The complete report is available online at each of the club’s websites.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/sep/21/boys-girls-clubs-benefit-kids-and-economy-report/#ixzz10HtZ1llZ
– vcstar.com

Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura County

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 21, 2010

Ventura, Calif.—A study released today finds that for every dollar spent supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs in Ventura County, eight dollars are reinvested in the community. The report, done by Jamshid Damooei, PhD, co-director of the Center for Leadership and Values at California Lutheran University and chair of the department of economics, finance and accounting; shows that positive choices made by youth who attend the clubs have a positive ripple effect in the community.

“This study shows an impressive return on investing in our children,” said Damooei. The study measured six areas: teen pregnancy rates, high school graduation rates, conflict avoidance, improved self-esteem, better job preparation and involvement in the community.

Overall, three percent of Ventura County girls give birth, however for girls who participated in the Boys & Girls Clubs, the rate is zero. The report shows an annual savings of $308,448 in childbirth expenses and over $12 million in savings over the lifetime of a woman who did not become a teenage mom.

The report also showed a significant savings to the community in the area of crime prevention. The Boys & Girls Clubs are open during peak juvenile crime hours, giving children the chance to choose healthy activities over crime. Nine percent of youth in Ventura County are arrested, and the arrest rate of youth who attend the Boys & Girls Club is 4 percent, one-third of the rate for Ventura County youth. The cost to incarcerate a youth is 48,000 to $100,000 per year.

Through academic support programs, Boys & Girls Clubs youth pass the high school exit exam at a higher rate than the population overall. For Ventura County, 70 percent pass, compared to 97 percent of Club youth pass. This means together Club kids will earn $106,586 more each year and $3 million more in their lifetime than people who do not graduate from high school, the study showed.

“Boys & Girls Clubs provide not only outstanding youth programs but also safe childcare so parents can work stress free, not wondering where their kids are and what they are doing after school,” Damooei noted in his report.  His study found that 38 percent of parents credit the Club for helping them remain employed, knowing they have safe childcare. Ninety-seven percent of parents agree their kids are safe at the club. All told, parents of Club youth are able to earn $144,740,064 more each year by sending their kids to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

The complete report is available online at each of the clubs’ websites. Ventura County’s Boys & Girls Clubs encompass seven separate Clubs that operate at 46 sites to serve nearly 23,000 youth ages six to 18.

“As a nonprofit community-based organization, we are accountable to our donors, partnering organizations and our entire community. We work hard to ensure that our programs are relevant and make a significant difference in the lives of the people in our area,” said Diane Koranda, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura. “This report clearly spells out the economic impact that this kind of intervention has on every person in the County. Investing in the Club just makes good sense all around.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura County exist to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Program areas include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports/fitness/recreation.

Investing in our children

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 20, 2010

We all love our children and have high hopes for them. We are quick to nod our heads in approval of those who say that our children are the future.

Yet, thousands of us see our hopes dashed in front of our eyes when they drop out of school, become entangled in the juvenile justice system, or become teenage parents while they are still kids themselves.

Many of us work hard and have to juggle working to support our families and having time to take care of the children who need our attention. Research indicates that as many as 10 million youths are left alone every afternoon every day of the week.

The effects of being a latchkey child differ with age and include: loneliness, boredom, fear, susceptibility to peer pressure, and developing greater potential for risky behaviors. They often show greater behavioral problems, depression and lower self-esteem than other kids. These may lead to learning problems and lower their academic performance.

We are surprised by the level of violence in our children, watch the rising trend of school dropout with fear, and worry about the future of children born to teenage parents and the well-being of the teen parents themselves. We easily forget that our society is just like our body and can be healthier if we take preventive measures early on so we do not have to suffer poor health.

Some years ago, I was asked to evaluate the after-school program of Rio School District. I embraced this opportunity as an economist with a keen interest in the study of the economics of social issues. I educated myself about our after-school programs and for several years took the pulse of the behavior, perception and attitude of children who attend the Rio after-school program that is managed and run by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

I studied the views and perception of their parents about the program. We regularly surveyed those teachers who teach the kids attending the after-school programs and inquired about the views and the opinion of the counselors, the program coordinators and the administrators.

The results of this work came out in several annual reports that have been presented to the school district and the public through the efforts of the local Boys and Girls Clubs. The results speak for themselves and can be accessed via the website of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

Every day, hundreds of students end their school day and head toward the Boys and Girls Clubs.The program provides a safe place where they receive help with their academic work, find friends, engage in much-needed physical activities, learn how to get along peacefully with others around them and discover their artistic, academic and athletic talents.

Without the clubs, many of these youngsters would be without proper supervision, at-risk and susceptible to negative influences and threats. In some other families, a parent would have to stay home from work to provide such supervision, but this would reduce the family’s earnings and economic security. The clubs are an important social asset serving such working families.

Development of human capital is recognized as a universal need for creation of economic values. We have opportunities and obligations as societies. It is easy to lose perspective on how our societies change for better or worse if we see social and economic changes as isolated, unrelated and random events.

We have a choice to invest in our children for a better tomorrow or let this opportunity slip away and face its negative consequences. Investing in our children in order for them to realize their full potential is the best option before us and for hundreds of our families in Oxnard and Port Hueneme supporting the after-school program of Rio District through the Boys and Girls Clubs is the way to move forward.

— Jamshid Damooei is chairman of the department of economics, finance and accounting and co-director of the Center for Leadership and Values at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. An expert in economic research, he has conducted numerous studies both locally and in the worlds’s developing countries. E-mail him at damooei@callutheran.edu.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/sep/18/investing-in-our-children/#ixzz105nLUU7Y
– vcstar.com

Mighty Mites Basketball Sign-Ups Closing Soon!

Posted in Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on September 10, 2010

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme will be offering a Mighty Mites Basketball Instructional Basketball Program for boys and girls entering the first and second grades. Sign-ups will close September 17th and the cost is $20.00 plus a $15.00 annual Club membership fee. The games will be played at the MVS Youth Center (1900 W. 5th St.) on Wednesday s, beginning September 29th and ending November 3rd. The program has been designed to give boys and girls their first opportunity to play organized basketball with emphasis being placed on skill instruction and development, teamwork and sportsmanship. The fundamental skills of passing, dribbling and shooting will be taught and practiced in a safe, non-competitive environment.
The purpose of the Mighty Mites Basketball Instructional Program is to provide 1st & 2nd graders with a safe and enjoyable athletic experience with emphasis on sportsmanship and fair play. All participants will be instructed in the fundamental skills of the sport including positioning, rules and basic strategy. Fundamental playing rules will be taught and enforced at a rate that is suitable to their grade level.
Participation in sports offers the youth opportunities to achieve through participation in activities that require integration of mind and body, requiring them to strive for mental and physical excellence both in practice and in competition. These are lifetime values that promote and nurture integrity, pride, loyalty, and overall character.