Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Oxnard Youth Receives California Workforce Association’s Dwight Brydie Scholarship

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 15, 2011

The California Workforce Association awarded Shomari Patterson, a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, with the Dwight Brydie Scholarship at its 12th Annual Youth Conference, Jan. 17-19, in Long Beach. The $1,000 scholarship is named in memory of longtime California Employment Development Department employee Dwight Brydie and encourages educational and workforce advancement for youth planning to continue their education after high school. One of three winners in Southern California, 18-year old Patterson is a participant in the Youth Empowerment Program at BGCOP.

UThe program teaches youth ages 16-21 the skills needed to get a job or start their own business, as well as to stay on track to receive a high school diploma. Patterson has her own jewelry business, Shamazzle’s Dazzles, and plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in business after high school. She is a senior at Vista Real Charter School and lives in Port Hueneme. The main criteria for the scholarship was for youth who excelled in a career program, intend to pursue higher education, and overcame diversity or a personal challenge.

The YEP program is funded by the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County and has operated for six years. More than 160 Oxnard and Port Hueneme youth received WIB-supported services through YEP and other programs for education, employment and life-skills training in 2010. For more information, call (805) 483-1118, ext. 305.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme exists to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. With three full-service clubs and 13 school program sites, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in California, serving 7,000 members annually. It’s also the first Boys & Girls Club of its kind to open in the Juvenile Justice Center. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports/ fitness/recreation opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.

This story is contributed by a member of the Ventura community and is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Ventura County Star

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