Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme adopts new tagline

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 25, 2010

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme joins some 4,000 Clubs nationwide in adopting the new tagline “Great Futures Start Here” later this fall. Launched by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the tagline reflects the nationwide initiative addressing student dropout rates. Clubs across the country will align their program offerings into three major areas – academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. The ultimate goal is to measure outcomes and curb the escalating high school dropout rate. The new tagline replaces “The Positive Place For Kids,” which was used for nearly 20 years.

The new tagline is derived from BGCA’s BE GREAT brand campaign, launched in 2008. It communicates the totality of the Club experience and its impact on youth, families and communities like Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “This tagline focuses on the fact that our Boys & Girls Club is a community-based facility with a proven track record of helping young people who have the least, and need the most, to achieve a great future. Our Club has always provided the hope and opportunity that kids need to dream big,” said Tim Blaylock, BGCOP’s chief professional officer.

“Our goal is simple to state, but hard to achieve, unless the entire nation understands and responds to this dropout crisis,” said Denzel Washington, a Club alumnus who has served as the organization’s national spokesperson for 18 years. “We want to help every Boys & Girls Club member advance to the next grade level every year, and graduate from high school on time, prepared with the attitude, knowledge and confidence to achieve their full potential. It’s what we mean by ‘Great Futures Start Here.’”

The Boys & Girls of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme serves some 7,200 young people, ages 6-18, annually through educational, recreational, health and fitness programs. Clubs provide a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life-enhancing programs, character development experiences, and hope and opportunity to the youth they serve. Learn more at http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.

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21st Annual KidsAuction to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 19, 2010
Oct 18, 2010 – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme will host the 21st Annual Donald K. Facciano KidsAuction November 13, at the Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. The event, also known as the Black and White Gala, is the organization’s largest special event fundraiser and all proceeds go to fund programs at the 18 Boys & Girls Clubs sites within Oxnard and Port Hueneme to serve more than 7,200 youth. Last year, more than 300 attendees helped the club raise $220,000, and organizers aim to raise even more this year.

The evening will start at 6 p.m. with a silent auction before the dinner and a live auction afterwards. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on exotic vacations, VIP experiences, sports tickets and memorabilia, men’s and women’s items, in addition to special tours. The BGCOP “Voices of Hope Choir,” a joint partnership with the Rio School District, will perform at the event.

Receiving special honors at the event this year are John and Linda Dullam, owners of Dullam Nursery in Oxnard. “The Dullams are very devoted to helping children become high achievers of good character.  They have contributed generously as volunteers in the clubhouses and as donors. They have made a very positive impact in this community through their work here, and we are so proud to recognize them for their years of service and commitment,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of the Club.

Major sponsors of this year’s auction include Gills Onions, VCDSA, Sysco Food Services of Ventura, Southern California Edison, Rabobank, City National Bank, First California Bank, Bunnin, County Commerce Bank, Willenius, Sunbelt and Team Infiniti.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme exists to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, computer training and sports/fitness/recreation opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme ATTACKS HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT CRISIS

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 14, 2010

(Oxnard)[October 14, 2010] –Statistically, a young person drops out of high school every 26 seconds, and 1.3 million high school students in the class of 2010 failed to graduate. If these students had graduated, our nation’s economy would have benefitted from more than $335 billion in income over their lifetimes, according to researchers.

To address the graduation gap and the lost potential among America’s young people, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is joining Clubs across the country to align its program offerings into three major areas – academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. The ultimate goal is to measure outcomes and curb the escalating high school dropout rate.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is an affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), one of the world’s largest networks of facility-based youth development organizations whose mission focuses on serving young people during out-of-school time. Across the nation, Clubs have an extensive reach into low-income and minority communities where dropout rates are highest. The Clubs have a powerful opportunity to help keep young people on a positive educational track, given their access to children after school and during summers, and with their proven ability to exert positive influence when kids are not at home or in school.

“We believe there is a third piece to the education equation that is too often left out of the national conversation. In addition to the critical influence of home and school, the impact that can be exerted during the nonschool hours – including weekends and summers, as well as after school – is a significant factor,” said Richard Elzinga, Chief Volunteer Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “We are focused on this opportunity, in partnership with local schools and parents, to help our most vulnerable Club members learn to value education and realize its role in determining their future success.”

>Research indicates that young people who drop out of high school are more likely to be unemployed, be in poor health, be involved with crime, use illegal drugs and become dependent on public assistance. They also are less likely to contribute to their communities in a meaningful way.

The high school dropout crisis is a problem that can be solved, according to Dr. Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University, who has collaborated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Just 12 percent of America’s 20,000 high schools account for 50 percent of dropouts and almost 75 percent of minority dropouts,” Balfanz said

“It is possible to identify at an early age children at risk of dropping out of school,” he added. “The chances of changing a child’s path and helping them graduate from high school are much greater at a younger age.”

“The age statistics for the young people served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme indicate the organization’s considerable potential to help keep them on track early on, when poor attitudes and habits begin to form,” said Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer of BGCOP. “Nearly 75 percent of our members are between the ages of 6 and 12, when we can impress upon them how important education is to their future. Our staff serves as mentors, tutors and role models that kids look up to and respect. Their influence really makes a difference.”

Evidence of Impact

Boys & Girls Clubs across the country have already seen dramatic evidence that a holistic approach, including an emphasis on academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles, is effective.

According to a Harris Survey of Club alumni, BGCA’s emphasis on education pays off for youth:

• 90 percent of Club alumni graduate from high school or earn a GED.

• Nearly two-thirds reported that Club staff contributed to their success in high school.

Further evidence of their effectiveness is found in Taylor Penny, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Youth of the Year. She is living proof of the critical role Clubs play in helping young people graduate from high school, prepared with a plan for future success.

The High School Dropout Crisis – By the Numbers:

•One-third of America’s children do not graduate from high school.

• Nationally, 1.3 million students in the class of 2010 failed to graduate with a high school diploma.

• For Latino and African-American males, the rate rises to nearly 50 percent.

•The U.S. is the only industrialized country where young people are less likely than their parents to obtain a high school diploma.

“Everyone can have a role in supporting a youth development program, such as ours, that reaches kids during the out-of-school hours,” said Blaylock. “Be a volunteer tutor or mentor, join a board, make a financial contribution. There are plenty of ways to help.”

The Boys & Girls of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme serves some 7,200 young people, ages 6-18, annually through educational, recreational, health and fitness programs. Clubs provide a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life-enhancing programs, character development experiences, and hope and opportunity to the youth they serve. Learn more at www.positiveplace4kids.org

Positive choices create a ripple effect

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 12, 2010

Re: Jamshid Damooei’s Sept. 19 commentary, “Investing in our children”:

Nearly 23,000 kids, ages 6 to 18, take part in programs held at Ventura County’s Boys & Girls Clubs. As a nonprofit community-based organization, each Boys & Girls Club in Ventura County is accountable to its donors, partner organizations and the entire community.

We try our hardest to provide a positive place for kids, to ensure that our programs are relevant and that they make a significant difference in the lives of the people in our area.

The study done by Jamshid Damooei, the co-director of the Center for Leadership and Values at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks and chairman of the department of economics, finance and accounting, shows that positive choices made by youth who attend our clubs create an incredible ripple effect.

This ripple effect creates positive economic value in the community, and validates our efforts on behalf of our county’s youth.

Damooei’s report found that for every dollar spent at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura County, $8 is reinvested in the community.

His report states, “The total economic output generated by the clubs across the county through its expenditures totals $27,934,592. This economic activity supported about 429 jobs in a variety of industries beyond those employed by the clubs. Such activity also generated $3.9 million in tax revenue, including $710,589 in indirect business taxes.”

There were 1,832 club members and 1,129 parents who completed the study’s surveys, which focused on six areas: teen pregnancy rates, high school graduation rates, conflict avoidance, improved self-esteem, better job preparation and involvement in the community.

Investing in the clubs makes good sense all around.

This report spells out the economic impact our services have on every person in the county. From more youth graduating high school, to lower pregnancy and crime rates, Damooei found that kids who participated in club programs were more successful and made a greater positive impact in the community.

The clubs all work to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Our program areas include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports/fitness/recreation.

By being accountable to our donors, we are working toward our goal of engaging as many children as possible to become active club members who will then become responsible, caring adults.

As youth and families today face many challenges, this study proves that continued and increased support of the clubs will help us reach more children and create an even greater, far-reaching positive impacts on our communities.

Editor’s note: Jamshid Damooei’s report on the economic impact of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Ventura County was released Sept. 21. A snapshot of the report is available for reviewing online at http://tiny.cc/eorg4


Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/oct/09/positive-choices-create-a-ripple-effect/#ixzz12C2C5LGI
– vcstar.com

 

Peace Thru Music- ACM Lifting Lives Grant Recipient

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 11, 2010

VOTE FOR TAYLOR PENNY!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 9, 2010

Our Youth of the Year is in the top three finalists to win a $50,000.00 scholarship from JCPenney’s JCPCares contest!

  1. If you do not already have a Facebook account, just go to http://www.facebook.com.  It’s free and only takes a few minutes.
  2. Once you have created an account, go to the JCPenney’s JCPCares contest page and click the “Like” button.  It is near the top where it says JCPenny and has a little picture of a hand giving a thumbs up.
  3. FIRST you can click “vote for your favorite >” and vote for BGCA so the national organization can win $500,000.  All you have to do is click on the BGC hands logo, then click “vote for your favorite >”.
  4. Once you have voted for BGCA, click on the JCPcares link in between the “Info” and “JCPenney.”
  5. It will take you back to the JCPcares contest page, where you can click on “vote on the top 3 >” and you will see Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme and you can vote for Taylor!
  6. Remember, you can vote every day up until October 17th!

Tell your friends and family about this amazing opportunity for Taylor Penny and don’t forget to read more about her journey as Youth of the Year if you haven’t already!

If you would like to provide scholarship opportunities to our Youth of the Year or other club members, please contact us at 805-815-4999 to find out how you can help!

For any technical assistance in regards to signing up for Facebook or voting for Taylor, you may contact the Director of Technology at dbarrett@bgcop.org

Boys & Girls Club honors its top volunteers at dinner

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 5, 2010

Six individuals and four businesses received specialized awards at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s inaugural Volunteer Recognition Dinner.

Hosted by Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard in late August, the event focused on honoring the hard work of volunteers, alumni and community partners that support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

Andre J. Stridiron was named adult volunteer of the year; Sarah Figueroa, youth volunteer of the year; Santiago Romero, alumni of the year; Peter Duffy Jr., young professional of the year; and Carlos Mora, specialized service of the year. Ricardo Garcia received the coaching excellence award; and the helping hands award was given to the Ventura County Probation Agency, Community Partners in Excellence, Sam’s Club of Oxnard and Jersey Mikes at Seabridge Marketplace.

Stridiron, who lives at Point Mugu, said, “it was a total surprise to receive such recognition. Only once in the past have I received recognition for my work and that was from parents who recognized me for my passion and commitment to their children. To receive the volunteer of the year from an organization staffed by so many excellent people and supported by so many high-quality volunteers is a very humbling experience.”

Figueroa of Oxnard said she was honored to receive recognition for her volunteer work from an organization that “has kept me out of trouble and introduced me to some positive people. It has also shown me how to give back to the community. An organization like this is important because of the bad influences out there. The Boys & Girls Club helps me choose better options to help me become a better person.”

Mora received the specialized service award for volunteering in a program called Peace Thru Music. The honor “means that my help to the community is appreciated. This makes me happy because I was recognized for helping with something I love — music,” said Mora of Oxnard. “I am very thankful for the experience of working with younger kids on music. It’s a fun and rewarding experience.”

Mark Varela, chief probation officer with the Ventura County Probation Agency, said the agency’s partnership with the Boys & Girls Club makes a difference by providing successful, evidence-based delinquency prevention programs and services.

For instance, the Boys & Girls Club launched a Targeted Re-entry Program at the Probation Agency’s juvenile justice facility in Oxnard. As a result, the facility “became the first juvenile detention facility in California to have a Boys & Girls Club clubhouse inside the facility,” Varela said. “I value our partnership with the BGCOP. Together, we can make the difference in a youth’s life.”

Pat Kincade of Ventura, who received a helping hands award on behalf of Jersey Mike’s, said, “I am very happy that I can be a part of something like the Boys & Girls Club that is so worthwhile. Having this organization give me an award for helping is a huge honor and makes me very proud and grateful.”

Volunteers and community partners are an indispensable to the Boys & Girls Club, added Tiffany Lopez, director of volunteer services. “Our volunteers support our mission, to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.”

To volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club, go to http://www.positiveplace4kids.org and click on get involved.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/sep/28/boys-girls-club-honors-its-top-volunteers-at/#ixzz11VVPpERu
– vcstar.com