Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Dullam: Helping children grow and learn

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 25, 2013

About 12 years ago while visiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, I was struck by the dedication, enthusiasm and support of volunteers there.

Inspired to join them, I decided to become a mentor and have found many ways to be connected with the club and its members. This has enriched my life, while helping young people develop theirs.

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“Boys & Girls Club to hold its 11th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast”

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 22, 2013

Boys & Girls Club to hold its 11th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast

Armed with a blank canvas, paint brushes and pots of color, internationally recognized graffiti artist Erik Wahl challenges audiences to see the world differently than they’re used to. As the keynote speaker for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s 11th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast, Wahl will bring his inspirational message to support the Club 7-9 a.m. on March 21 at the Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge in Oxnard.

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Oxnard High senior named Youth of the Year

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 21, 2013

Oxnard High senior named Youth of the Year

Paloma Guzman promised not to cry, but she could not hold back her tears.

The Oxnard High School senior choked up as she explained why she wanted to represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme as 2013 Youth of the Year.

“As I prepare for upcoming months, I remember the good times,” said Guzman, a club member for five years. “My friend and mentor Daniel Diaz told me these years would fly by, and his story about how he became Youth of the Year (2011) inspired me … because I wanted someone to look up to me the same way I looked up to him.”

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Boys & Girls Club to hold its 11th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 20, 2013

Boys & Girls Club to hold its 11th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast
Internationally recognized graffiti artist Erik Wahl is keynote speaker

Eric WahlOxnard, Calif.—Armed with a blank canvas, paint brushes and pots of color, internationally recognized graffiti artist Erik Wahl(see right) challenges audiences to see the world differently than they’re used to. As the keynote speaker for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s 11th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast, Wahl will bring his inspirational message to support the Club 7-9 a.m. on March 21 at the Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge in Oxnard.

The breakfast event is a community rally to help create Great Futures for Kids by supporting club programs that ensure children grow up to graduate high school and achieve self-sufficiency, along with strong character and leadership. Families pay $20 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 1,200 percent return on donor investments.

“Our 2013 campaign goal is to raise $500,000 to help us provide the quality programs and services to our more than 9,000 Oxnard youth and their families,” said Tim Blaylock, BGCOP Chief Professional Officer. “Erik is an incredible speaker who uses colors and artist strokes to give a different spin on the way things are seen.”

Wahl is an artist, author and entrepreneur, as well as a popular corporate speaker. He uses on-stage painting to illustrate his message of striving for superior performance to help businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals reach their goals. His clients include AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young, and Xprize. He is known as “the Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI and the Picasso of Productivity.”

For more information, or to attend the breakfast, contact Ana Saucedo at (805) 815-4959 ext.200 or asaucedo@bgcop.org. To make a donation to the campaign, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org/getinvolved/donate.htm.

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 9,000 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 http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.

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Growing Into Leaders

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 13, 2013

The Keystone Club at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme is thriving. The Club, which focuses on academic success, career preparation and community service, has grown from one charter of 15 high-school-age members, to three charters and 45 members over the past nine months.

The members have organized at least one community service event every month since April and are gearing up for the National Keystone Conference in Atlanta, March 21-23. The conference is a great experience for the attendees, teaching leadership and teamwork skills and offering camaraderie. While the Club currently has enough funding to send seven members, the goal is to raise enough money to send 10 members. IMG_0493-resized

To raise money for their annual conference, the kids have held fundraisers. They worked at the Dallas Cowboys training camp over the summer, selling VIP passes and interacting with fans, players and team management, all while raising more than $3,000. They also ran a Zumbathon at the Club’s Annual Day for Kids, where they helped instructors lead Zumba sessions and accepted donations from participants.

The Keystone Club also focuses on community service projects. In December, the Club participated in the National Keystone Club project, “Hope for the Homeless: Operation Give a Smile.” The kids worked out of the Club’s 7th Street facility to provide sack lunches and care packages full of toiletries, water and warm clothing to 120 homeless people.

They also recently participated in the Community Day School Beautification Project, where they painted walls and doors and fixed windows and furniture at a local day school for adults with mental and physical disabilities in an effort to make their school a more beautiful place to be. Pairing with Be The Match, the Club also ran a bone marrow drive to benefit family members of some of the Keystone Club members.

Blissful Cake Pops have tasty success

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 13, 2013

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Oxnard High School student Paloma Guzman’s Blissful Cake Pops wowed judges at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Business Competition. Paloma’s delicious dessert treat took home first place at the Dec. 13 event.

When creating the unique and personalized cake pops, Paloma prioritized customer service. “With Blissful Cake Pops, everything is baked to order from scratch to guarantee freshness,” said Paloma. “Every cake pop is hand-decorated, wrapped and tied with a ribbon to match your event.”
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When Paloma started attending NFTE workshops in October, she was a shy, quiet student who was embarrassed to talk in front of others. Over the course of two months, she refined her presentation skills and did an exceptional job during her presentation in the competition, noted NFTE advisor Evelina Ochoa.

Paloma is now eligible to compete in the next round of NFTE competitions, which will be held in March in Los Angeles.

Taking second place in the competition was Frontier High School student, Rachelle Blanco. Her business, Rachelle’s Colorful Nail Design, strives to provide quality nail painting services at an affordable price.

Rio Mesa High School student, Fidelia Mendoza, started Fidelia’s Candy Palace and Channel Islands High School student, Jennifer Nuñez, created Balloon Deco. Both tied for third place in the competition.

Inspiring children to be great: Linda Dullam

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 13, 2013

Passionate about helping others, Linda Dullam has been involved with BGCOP for several years. She fondly remembers her children’s enthusiasm with the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club after-school programs. So when her family moved to Oxnard 12 years ago, she and her husband began attending BGCOP’s Annual Auction dinner as a way to get involved with their new community.

“We were so impressed by the dedicated group of people who give their support and enthusiasm to the Club that I began to ask myself what could I do to help in an individual way?” said Linda, who owns Dullam Nursery with her husband, John.
Linda visited the Club and found that many of her employees’ children were members. Since then, Linda and John have financially helped many of these families send their children to the Club.

“There are so many success stories at the Club; it just leaves one asking how they might contribute and be a part of making a difference,” Linda said.

Linda has made a huge difference at the Martin V. Smith youth center on Fifth Street. As an artist, it was her idea to paint pictures around the Clubhouse that would inspire children to be great. Now the Games Room features silhouettes of joyful children riding bikes and playing cards, and graduates donning mortarboards with tassels. She hopes the silhouettes inspire focus and achievement by the members. Next she will paint the gym area.

“I have had several people ask for permission to photograph and use the silhouettes in similar situations, and everybody agrees this design is helpful in creating a more quiet and supportive environment,” Linda said.

With frequent visits to the Clubhouse, Linda has become close with many of the Club’s teen members and has hired several to work at the Strawberry Festival and the Farmer’s Market in Oxnard. She and John also mentor Taylor Penny, a former BGCOP Youth of the Year, who now attends Washington State University. They continue to be very involved helping Taylor navigate college life and studies.

With a passion for helping children, Linda has made a lasting, positive impact in this community through her work at the Club and all the young lives she has touched.

ladies“All of us have unique talents we can share at the Club,” Linda noted. “We have certainly learned that we are so much better for this incredible involvement opportunity.”

Club seeks sponsors for Great Futures for Kids breakfast

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 13, 2013

The Club is currently looking for sponsors for its upcoming 11th Annual Great Futures for Kids Campaign breakfast to be held March 21 at 7 a.m. at the Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge in Oxnard.

Internationally recognized graffiti artist Erik Wahl will bring his inspirational message to support the Club as this year’s keynote speaker. Armed with a blank canvas, paint brushes and pots of color, Wahl challenges audiences to see the world differently than they’re used to.

The breakfast is a community rally to help create Great Futures for Kids by supporting club programs that ensure children grow up to graduate high school and achieve self-sufficiency, along with strong character and leadership.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Kelly Ventimiglia at 805-815-4959 x205 or kventimiglia@bgcop.org. To make a donation to the campaign, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org/getinvolved/donate.htm.

Dentist donates: Teeth cleanings benefit BGCOP

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 13, 2013

The Channel Islands Family Dental Office has made a resolution for the new year: 2013 is a time to give. In doing so, they are proud to support the efforts of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. From now until the end of this year, Channel Islands Family Dental Office will donate 100 percent of every new patient’s regular cleaning to BGCOP.

The dental office has a fully bilingual staff, is open Saturdays and provides dental care for the entire family, kids, adults and elderly. For patients’ convenience, the office offers a number of zero percent interest financing solutions and files patients’ insurance claims.

“We believe in our future, a future of education, a future of support, a future of healthy smiles,” said Dr. Gustavo Assatourians, chief dentist and owner. “The Boys and Girls Club works to make our communities safer, getting every child to a better path. We are proud to support their efforts.”

Dr. Gus is offering a new patient regular cleaning for adults for $59 and children for $49. (Regular prices are $80 and $60, respectively.) This is for non-insurance patients only. In addition, for patients with dental insurance, the office will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of their cleaning to the Club. The cleanings also include oral health education training, nutritional counseling and a take-home dental care gift bag.

For a limited time, the dental office will waive the admissions dental exam and necessary x-rays fees, a value of $180, for new patients who become part of the Channel Islands Family Dental Office family.

Channel Islands Family Dental Office is located at 2601 North Ventura Road, Port Hueneme. For more information call (805) 985-6966, visit http://www.cidentist.com or email channelislandsdental@gmail.com.

Message from Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer: Get involved with kids!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 13, 2013

This year, I’d like to encourage everyone to pledge to become a volunteer coach, artist, reader, tutor or mentor!

We all win when young people succeed in school. Research proves that caring volunteers working with students of all ages have the power to help kids boost academic achievement and put young people on track for a bright future.

Change will not happen without you! If not you, then WHO?

The Value of Mentoring

At its most basic level, mentoring guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them, that they’re not alone in dealing with day-to-day worries.

Think back. Did you know how to study for a test or make plans for college? Who coached you when you looked for your first part-time job? Some teens don’t have people close to them who can help, and things that may seem simple to you now may be a complete mystery to a young person.

Mentors are like an experienced friend, who’s there to help.

Support for education
• Mentors help keep students in school.
• Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.
• Mentors help with homework and can improve their mentees’ academic skills.

Support with day-to-day living
• Mentors help improve a young person’s self-esteem.
• Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters).
• About 40% of a teenager’s waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision. Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spend free time.
• Mentors teach young people how to relate well to all kinds of people and help them strengthen communication skills.

Youth between 9 and 15 are at important turning points in their lives. It is during this time that they may permanently turn off from serious engagement in school life and turn to a variety of risky behaviors that can limit their chances of reaching productive adulthood.

Mentoring helps them stay on the right track. Research show that for youth of this age, preventative intervention is most successful. At this age, youth are most capable of envisioning a positive future, and are able to plot the necessary steps to reach their goals. They are at the right stage of development to best absorb and benefit from the skills of a strong mentor.

Become a Mentor!

Few bonds in life are more influential than those between a young person and an adult.

To thoroughly understand the role of mentoring, look at a role you are already familiar with. Most of us have had a supervisor, a boss or coach who has made a positive difference in our lives. These people wore many hats. They acted as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates and friends. As a mentor you will wear these same hats.

Mentors understand the need to assume a number of different roles during the course of a mentoring relationship, but successful mentors also share the same basic qualities:
• A sincere desire to be involved with a young person
• Respect for young people
• Active listener
• Empathy
• See solutions and opportunities
• Be flexible and open

For more information on Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme volunteering/ mentoring opportunities please connect with Jaime Zendejas at 805-815-4959 x 214 or Jzendejas@bgcop.org