Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

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.

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