Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Military Youth Outreach

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 30, 2011

Military Youth Outreach

MISSION: Youth Outreach

Mission: Youth Outreach is a unique partnership between Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America providing children from families of reserve and active duty personnel with FREE membership at their local Boys & Girls Club. The Clubs give young people a safe place to go, staffed with caring adults. If you already belong to one of the four Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County please let your Club Director know you are part of Mission: Youth Outreach.

A Partnership that Works

Times of national crisis can dramatically disrupt a military family’s life. Reserve, National Guard, and Active duty youth need to be able to connect with other youth in similar situations. The partnership delivers physical, emotional, social, and cultural programs for military youth living in civilian communities. Mission: Youth Outreach supports military kids coping with the stress of having a parent or parents deployed by creating a network of youth who can empathize and help them cope with their new world of being suddenly “military”. Through a Joint Military Services initiative, military dependent children ages 6-18 can get pre-paid programs and services through their local Boys & Girls Clubs.

What does a Boys & Girls Club offer?

Known as “Great Futures Start Here” Boys & Girls Clubs are staffed by trained professionals who truly care and are vested in realizing the full potential of each young person. Clubs offer diversified program activities in five areas:

  • Character and Leadership Development
  • Education and Career Development
  • Health and Life Skills
  • The Arts
  • Sports, Fitness and Recreation

Please fill out the form and return to your nearest Boys & Girls Club to start taking advantage of your membership today!

Mission Youth Outreach Form


Oxnard teens wins Youth of the Year for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 29, 2011

Click here for the VCSTAR article about Daniel. Singled out among several outstanding local youth, Daniel Diaz, 18 of Oxnard, recently was awarded the title Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. His sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community earned the award, which is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive.

As the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program, the Youth of the Year competition recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club local organization, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

“Daniel is a strong and resilient young man who represents our clubs with great pride and enthusiasm,” said Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

Daniel is actively engaged in a service leadership group called Keystone, to which he volunteers many hours of community service. As part of the Keystone group, he has traveled to other states to participate in conferences and he has worked to host countless events at the Club. In addition, Daniel also participates in many other programs at the Club ranging from social recreation, the arts and music, sports, as well as academics.

This young man also has a great heart for community service. In the past he has helped plan a spaghetti dinner/fundraiser in which all of the proceeds went to another non-profit which provides relief to Haiti. Daniel and a selection of other members came up with the idea and brought in more than 100 people to help raise nearly $1,000, which went straight to those in Haiti. Daniel has also participated in many civic events throughout the year, not only representing the Club, but himself as well. The events included the annual Martin Luther King Jr. March, parades, and various speak-out events on topics from poverty and education to world hunger.

Daniel comes from a single parent home, often encountering many trials and hardships. His father left the family when Daniel was very young, which required him to feel as if he must take care of his mom. At age 17, Daniel received his first job at the Club to help provide for his family. He now lives in a four bedroom home with 12 other family members and sleeps on a couch. Daniel lives by the motto, if you want something you must work for it.

Daniel wants to be the first person in his family to go to college and travel the world. Daniel is hoping to attend the University of Miami where he will he will earn his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marine and Atmospheric Science with an emphasis in Atmospheric Physics and Meteorology. His goal is become a meteorologist, and he frequently says, “Life is always changing and so is the weather.”

One of the things that Daniel wants to do with his education is to give back to those that might be in a similar situation than he is in now, by being a mentor to young men that need a positive male figure in their lives. He understands the power of mentorship and positive influence. Due to the lack a father figure in his life one of his life goals is to be the best father that he can be to his future children.

Anti-bullying message comes to Oxnard/Hueneme Boys & Girls Club

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 28, 2011

“Stop the bullying. Stop the bullying!”

Those were the words chanted during a concert by KNS Rockstar at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme on Wednesday in Oxnard.

The concert kicked off the club’s anti-bullying campaign, which took place during National Boys & Girls Club Week.

LaVonne McCullough, the club’s area director, said the club plans to start an anti-bullying curriculum next week, with staff members receiving “Bullying 101” training.

KNS Rockstar, a husband-and-wife duo from Oxnard, has been touring schools in Ventura County for its “Stop Tha Bullying” campaign.

“Our music is very high-energy, feel-good music. So you get a little bit of pop, you get your R&B, you also get your very clean hip-hop, but very fun, high-energy, feel-good music with a positive message,” said the “S” of KNS, Silky, whose real name is Shavonn Turner.

Silky said she and husband Key-i, whose real name is Kevin Turner, have been on a “We Say No” tour for the past three years. After listening to kids, they created the “Stop Tha Bullying” tour.

“Why don’t we come up with something that’s going to help the students in our community gain their confidence, bring them happiness, show them love, show them support, show them someone else cares, besides them relying on their friends or the negative energy they may get from other music artists? That’s what prompted us to start our school tour,” she said.

During the concert Wednesday, school officials and kids were invited to talk about bullying. Kids who participated were eligible to win prizes.

Oscar Hernandez, principal of Hueneme High School, told the audience he was bullied when he was in school. He advised kids to tell an adult if they’re being bullied.

Jennifer Bland, a teacher at Blackstock Junior High School in Oxnard, said KNS Rockstar performed at her school. Bullying is a growing problem, she said.

“We need to appreciate our differences and accept each other for who we are,” she told the audience.

The Boys & Girls Club concert included appearances by Second to None and Sade Champagne.

Haidyn Koski, 6, and Jaden Latamer, 8, each came away with prizes.

Of bullying, Haidyn said, “It’s not good.”

“I don’t like it,” Jaden said.

Key-i said the group does not get paid but asks for donations to put toward the next performance.

KNS Rockstar also has a radio program at 6:20 a.m. Sundays on Q-104.7 FM.

“It’s all prerecorded. What we do, we invite community leaders in, parents, students, principals, advisers to speak on bullying,” Silky said.

They intend to continue the tour for as long as they feel there’s a need for the anti-bullying message.

“I think we are going to continue to push because kids need us,” Silky said. “They don’t always speak out to their teachers or to their parent. They don’t feel comfortable speaking about bullying and the issues that they go through, so their next thing is to look for a role model or someone they feel connected with or they can talk to, and I think there’s always going to be a need for a child to talk to someone on their level about what they’re going through.”

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Boys & Girls Clubs Spring/Summer 2011 Program Guide

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 17, 2011

For your convenience, all programs (Day Camps, After-School, Sports,Technology, Teen Programs, and Special Events) are listed by site. Please note, days, dates and times may vary by location. All programs are free with membership unless otherwise noted.

Download the English version now! (PDF – 17.1MB)
Download the Spanish version now! (PDF – 16.1MB)

Rotary Club of Oxnard & Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard & Port Hueneme Young Professionals Network to Host 3rd Annual Wine & Art Trail in Downtown Oxnard

Posted in Arts, Events, Press Releases by BGCOP Staff on March 10, 2011

OXNARD, Calif.- On Sunday, April 17, 2011

Oxnard Rotary along with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Young Professionals Network will hold its 3rd Annual Wine/Art Trail—Rediscovering Downtown Oxnard, presented by Alert Real Estate Services, an event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs After-School Music Program. The event, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm will start in downtown Oxnard’s Heritage Square and feature an eight-stop walking tour. The trail will take participants through a fun tour tasting fine local wines and food offerings while enjoying the unique artists’ exhibits at each location. The tour will include Heritage Square, Rancho Ventavo Cellars, Downtown Center for the Arts, Carnegie Museum, Alert Management, Tomas Café, The Kitchen, Sugar Beets, and Fresh & Fabulous. The official wine sponsor of the event will be the wineries of the Ventura County Wine Trail.
Event co-chair Kate Koslosky, Oxnard Rotary member stated “”In our third year of the Wine and Art Trail, we are looking forward to raising even more money for the Boys and Girls Club music program. The money provides funds to continue their vocal and instrumental programs through purchasing instruments and hiring teachers. This year we are excited to be partnering with the Ventura County
Wine Trail and also to bring 3 additional wine tasting locations to our Trail for a total of 8 locations. The Rotary Club of Oxnard is really interested in the promotion of the downtown Oxnard area and this has been a very productive event to spotlight the City.”
The event will conclude back at Heritage Square where participants will be treated to a performance by the “Voices of Hope” Choir and Orchestra. “Voices of Hope” is an important after-school educational opportunity and a collaborative effort with the Rio School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The performance consists of an orchestra and choir. There are currently 85 students participating in each. Over 500 children have auditioned. Many students have been waiting outside the music classroom eagerly asking when they will have the opportunity to take music lessons. For at-risk youth, music education can make all the difference.
The performance will be followed by a raffle offering fabulous prizes. Individual tickets are $50. Tickets are available online at or at The Boys & Girls Clubs (5th St. location), Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, Herzog Wine Cellars, Oxnard Downtown Management District and The California Welcome Center. For Sponsorship Opportunities, ticket sales, or further information please contact the committee at .

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard & Port Hueneme Announces New Board Members

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 3, 2011

Two community leaders have joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme board of directors. The new board members are Laurie Eberst, chief executive office of St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Kathleen Sheehan, Port Hueneme Police Chief.

“Laurie and Kathleen are strong leaders and wonderful role models for the girls in our Clubs and community. These women share a passion for helping and are dedicated to helping youth and families,” said Richard Elzinga, chief volunteer officer and president of the board of directors, BGCOP.

As chief executive officer of St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Eberst’s philosophy recognizes the importance of visibility in the community and active participation on various boards that meet the needs of citizens. After receiving an undergraduate degree in health sciences and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands, Eberst relocated to Gilbert, Ariz., where she served on the Arizona Board Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Health and Hospital Association, and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

Sheehan is the first female to hold the position of chief officer at the Port Hueneme police department. As a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Sheehan worked in some of the toughest tactical and political arenas. She then spent three years in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and two years as police chief in Bishop, Calif. Sheehan previously took part in WATTSTAR Cinema and Education Center, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities in the communities of Watts and Willowbrook for economic development and cultural experiences. She also contributed to the World Children’s Transplant Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the enhancement of pediatric transplantation around the world.

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