Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

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

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