Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Home Away From Home

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 29, 2011

“Daniel Diaz, a senior at Oxnard High School, remembers the dark days right after his mother lost her job and their home, and their car had been totaled — twice.

“The Boys & Girls Club was like a second home,” he told a crowd gathered Thursday for the It Just Takes One breakfast at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Oxnard.

The event for community leaders and others interested in the group’s work kicked off its annual fundraising campaign, said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme…”


Another Inspiring Story on the VCSTAR

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 21, 2011

Mary Ann “Tweety” Woodard went through a lot in her life and understands the ups and downs. But music is what keeps everything together and in harmony. Find out more about Mary Ann and her life on the VC Star.

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Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 21, 2011

During the 2010-2011 school year, more Oxnard students were able to participate in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s clubhouse afterschool program thanks in part to an access grant made possible by JCPenney Afterschool. The $ 7500 local grant is part of a larger $5 million grant distribution benefitting the YMCA of the USA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National 4-H and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Through these organizations, JCPenney is assisting families with children who are currently not enrolled in afterschool services or are on the verge of withdrawing due to financial hardship.

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1st Annual Boys and Girls Club Blazin Challenge

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 20, 2011

Come support the Boys and Girls Club fund raise with Buffalo Wild Wings in the Blazing Challenge. Details and sign up sheet available on links. Get ready to stuff yourself with Buffalo Wild’s blazing flavored hot wings!

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Featured story on the VC Reporter

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 14, 2011

Take a look into the VC Reporter of an article about nonprofit organizations are changing the community and the lives of kids. Click here to find out how the the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme are creating good citizens for the future.

2nd Annual A Taste of College Night

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 8, 2011

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is hosting a college fair at no cost! If you are not sure where you want to go or what you want to do in the future then this event will answer those questions.

A Taste of College Night

Boys & Girls Club’s 9th Annual It Just Takes One Breakfast

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 5, 2011

Local businesses can support character and leadership development of community youth through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s 9th Annual It Just Takes One Breakfast from 7 – 9 a.m., April 28 at Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge in Oxnard. Corporate sponsors are being sought for the event, which will feature a keynote address by Dr. Stuart Brown, psychiatrist and author of Play, a book detailing the positive impact of play on people’s lives. Special MC will be youth mentor 2011 Miss Washington Jacquie Brown.

Sponsorship benefits include corporate recognition at the event and a table of priority seating. This year’s Gold Sponsors include Sysco of Ventura, Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs Association, The Gas Company and Bunnin Automotive Group. Silver Sponsors are Verizon, DMI and Southern California Edison.

This year’s It Just Takes One Campaign honorary campaign chair is Carmen Ramos-Soriano. The breakfast is the culmination of the campaign, in which the club encourages residents to help bridge the gap between membership fees and program costs. The 2011 campaign goal is to raise $150,000 for providing the quality programs and services to more than 7,400 children and their families throughout the Oxnard Plain. Families pay $15 per year to become members of the club; the club pays the remaining $500 per year in program fees for each child. It’s money well spent, as members of the BGCOP have higher graduation rates and lower teen pregnancy and crime rates than area youth, resulting in a 400 percent return on donor investments.

“It just takes one person to make an incredible difference in a child’s life,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer, BGCOP. “Through gifts of any size, we can ensure our children have a solid foundation so they can resist today’s peer pressures and take on tomorrow’s leadership roles.”

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Mayra Rincon at 805-815-4959 or To make a donation to the campaign, visit

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

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, 18 school program sites and one housing site, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in California, serving 7,400 members annually. The group is also the first Boys & Girls Club of its kind to open a site inside a Juvenile Justice Center in the state of California. 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

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Help Raise Funds for an Exceptional Cause

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 5, 2011


May 6, 2011
11AM-2PM & 5-9PM

Join us for a fundraiser to help support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard.

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Wine and art tour in Oxnard to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 5, 2011

An eight-stop walking tour featuring wine tasting and art exhibits will highlight the 3rd Annual Wine & Art Trail to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s after-school music program.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oxnard and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Young Professionals Network, the April 17 tour will offer wine, food and artists’ exhibits at the following locations: Heritage Square, Rancho Ventavo Cellars, Downtown Center for the Arts, Carnegie Museum, Alert Management, Tomas Café, The Kitchen, Sugar Beets and Fresh & Fabulous.

“This is a collaborative effort to create an event that highlights Oxnard’s wonderful downtown, and showcasing our local wineries, artists and cuisine, while benefitting a worthy cause — the music program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme,” said Tiffany Lopez, executive board member of the Young Professionals Network and event co-chair along with Kate Koslosky, a member of Oxnard Rotary.

Proceeds raised from the event will provide funds to continue the vocal and instrumental programs through purchasing instruments and hiring teachers.

“The Peace Thru Music program and Voices of Hope choir and orchestra are benefiting from this event,” explained Tony Barnes, director of the Peace Thru Music program for youths ages 6 to 18. The tour will conclude at Heritage Square with a performance by Voices of Hope, an after-school educational program and collaborative effort between the Rio School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

Peace Thru Music “addresses each individual learning style and we teach basic fundamentals of music and theory,” said Barnes, noting that students can learn how to play the guitar, drums and piano, among other instruments. “Building self-esteem is the aim and focus of our program.”

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of the program is that “it also gives kids a place to go,” Barnes said.

The performance at the last stop on the tour will be followed by a raffle.

In 2010, “we raised $15,000, with all funds raised directly benefited the after school music program,” said Lopez, further emphasizing that this year’s event would not be possible without the support of sponsors including Alert Real Estate Services, Oxnard Downtown Management District, Oxnard Chamber, Heritage Square, City of Oxnard, EDCO and The Ventura County Star.

“This year, we hope to surpass last year’s goal and raise $20,000 with the support of additional sponsors and participants,” Lopez said.

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Young women blending entrepreneurship, philanthropy

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 1, 2011

Five young women from Oxnard are learning how to make money while empowering victims of sexual exploitation in Thailand as part of Compassion Fashion, a program overseen by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

“Not only are we running a women’s accessory business, where we can make a mark in the fashion world, we’re giving women who’ve been sexually exploited a chance to make good lives,” said founder and CEO Shomari Patterson, 18, a senior at Vista Real Charter High School in Oxnard.

Patterson heads up a group that consists of four other girls, who make up the company, under the guidance of Kara Brown. Brown is the club’s coordinator for Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship/College Bound, which sponsors the program.

“I’m their adviser in an entrepreneurial program of high school seniors that offers the structure for the girls to carry out a business plan and get and meet various benchmarks,” Brown said.

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Compassion Fashion is based on a business model where for each item purchased, a kit to make that same item is sent to Thailand, where it will be given to a young woman who has been exploited in the notorious Thai sex trade. That young woman learns to make the item, which can be a piece of jewelry, scarf or headband. She then can keep it or sell it and keep 100 percent of the profits.

Brown said she met the director of a home for girls in Pattaya, Thailand, when she worked as a volunteer in 2006.

“The staff accepts the packages that we send directly to their center and distributes them to the young ladies, where they learn to make the jewelry in their rehabilitation classes,” she said.

The business plan calls for sending boxes of 130 kits at a time. So far, despite a promising beginning, the girls haven’t sold enough to make sending the packages cost-efficient, Brown said.

Other employees of Compassion Fashion are Elizabeth Guzman, Genesis Mena, Taylor Penny and Paloma Guzman. The teens meet twice a week to make the fashion accessories they sell.

Patterson said she had worked at a jewelry supply shop, where she learned to string beads and create necklaces. In addition, the group makes and sells scarves designed by Mena.

“I love making scarves and headbands. I love the cause and I wanted to gain the experience. I would love to go into marketing and merchandising fashion. I also like being able to help these girls. It’s a great cause,” said Mena, 16, a junior at Pacifica High School.

For the past few months, Patterson has been doing the many tasks required to get a company up and running, as well as participating in various entrepreneurial competitions. Compassion Fashion competed in the Project ECHO event in February, sponsored by UCLA.

“They were selected the most inspirational business out of 28 competing,” Brown said.

In addition, the students are participating in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship program. They also hope to participate in the SAGEGlobal: Students for Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship program 2011 competition in May in Chicago.

“The students are being judged for their social impact at the SAGE competition more than their economic viability, which was the case at the UCLA event,” Brown said.

Patterson said she and the Compassion Fashion team have been working hard to meet the various benchmarks required for the contest, which include establishing a business advisory board with mentors, publishing an annual report, having a formal tax identification number and registering as a business at various selling events.

In addition to trying for a spot in the SAGE competition, Compassion Fashion will also be featured at the SCORE Ventura 40th Anniversary Celebration of Partnerships Expo and Free Seminar Series May 25 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. SCORE is a nationwide group dedicated to small businesses nationwide.

Patterson hopes to continue Compassion Fashion after she graduates from high school and continues on to college.

“This is my baby,” she said.

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