Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Blaylock: Youth investment returns sevenfold

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 25, 2013

Business leaders who create opportunities for young people to gain job and life skills are savvy investors who are vital to our community.

We are grateful for the many businesses that partner with us and that partner with other organizations to help young people by providing internships, job-shadowing programs and summer jobs. In doing so, they are making an investment that ensures a qualified workforce, lower crime and a society led by caring, responsible, self-sufficient adults.

Some businesses also invest in young people by encouraging employees to serve as mentors and tutors, to advocate for youth and by providing matching donations to youth-development nonprofits that demonstrate accountability and results.

These businesses recognize that all adults share responsibility for all children in our community.

We have a choice to invest in children for a better tomorrow, or we must plan for increased crime, more people incarcerated and more people who need government assistance. Many businesses support the work of the Boys & Girls Clubs because they understand the value of investing in youth proactively.

The financial outcomes of youth investment are proven. For investors in our club, studies show a sevenfold return on your investment, particularly with regard to the high school graduation of our members.

Ninety-six percent of young people who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme graduate from high school, compared with 72 percent in Oxnard overall.

Several national studies make clear the importance of completing high school:

– Dropouts are more likely to be on state-funded medical care and welfare.

– They are less likely to pay taxes and more likely to be unemployed.

– Fifty-four percent of all high school dropouts are unemployed.

The greatest crisis we face in America is not the economic crisis. It is the crisis among our families, communities and in education, particularly with high school graduation rates.

Think about the difference you can make today, tomorrow and throughout the year by supporting academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship. In doing so, you are creating a better community for generations to come and helping each child realize his or her full potential.

Our 18 clubs serve more than 9,000 youth annually. We are changing and saving lives and the community.

We are proud of our contribution, but more children than ever need help. Help us serve more youth and broaden the positive impact the club has on young people.

In a world where young people are up against an increasing number of challenges and choices, the Boys & Girls Clubs are working to bring out the best in each young person, helping them become strong individuals with character, self-confidence and self-sustainability. Our club is giving them a brighter future. In turn, they are giving Oxnard and Port Hueneme its future.

I encourage you to check us out, tour of one of our facilities and invest in our youth for a return on investment that transcends generations. See us online at http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.

Together we can do more for our greatest asset: our children!

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Empowering youth and changing lives

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 12, 2013

Efrain was an unemployed, high school dropout struggling with substance abuse issues when he joined the Club’s Youth Empowerment Program. The program not only helped him get his GED, it taught him the skills he needed to get his life back on track and succeed.

YEP offers young people like Efrain, the necessary training and skills to excel in the workplace with a job ready program for high school students, a job ready accelerated program for youth out of high school and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Program, which is offered to high school seniors interested in starting a business. (YEP’s job ready program is offered at Channel Islands, Hueneme, Pacifica and Oxnard high schools.)

While in the program, Efrain hit a rough patch and become homeless. Through support and assistance he received at the Club, he obtained a full-time job and found a place to live. Today, he enjoys his job and likes the satisfaction it gives him.

Since YEP’s launch in 2004, more than 1,100 youth have taken part in the program.

For more information about the YEP program, contact Erin Antrim at 805-483-1118 x 305 or eantrim@bgcop.org.

The Business of Bringing Up Young People

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 12, 2013

Message from Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer

Business leaders who create opportunities for young people to gain job and life skills are savvy investors who are vital to our community. We are grateful for the many businesses that partner with us and other organizations to work with young people by providing internships, job-shadowing programs and summer jobs. In doing so, they are making an investment that ensures a qualified workforce, lower crime and a society lead by caring, responsible, self-sufficient adults.

Some businesses also invest in young people by encouraging employees to serve as mentors and tutors, to advocate for youth and by providing matching donations to youth-development nonprofits that demonstrate accountability and results.

These businesses recognize that all adults share responsibility for all children in our community. We have a choice to invest in children for a better tomorrow, or we must plan for increased crime, more people incarcerated and more people who need government assistance. Many businesses support the work of the Boys & Girls Clubs because they understand the value of investing in youth proactively.

The financial outcomes of youth investment are proven. For our Club members, studies show a seven-fold return on your investment, particularly with regard to high school graduation. Several national studies make clear the importance of completing high school:

• Dropouts are more likely to be on state-funded medical care and welfare.
• They are less likely to pay taxes and more likely to be unemployed.
• Fifty-four percent of all high school dropouts are unemployed.

The greatest crisis we face in America is not the economic crisis. It is the crisis in our families, communities and in education, particularly with high school graduation rates. Think about the difference you can make today, tomorrow and throughout the year by supporting academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship. In doing so, you are creating a better community for generations to come and helping each child realize their full potential.

Ninety-six percent of young people who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme graduate from high school, compared with 72 percent in Oxnard overall.

Our 18 Clubs serve more than 9,000 youth annually. We are changing and saving lives and the community. We are proud of our contribution, but more children than ever need help. Help us serve more youth and broaden the positive impact the Club has on young people.

In a world where young people are up against an increasing number of challenges and choices, the Boys & Girls Clubs are working to bring out the best in each young person, helping them become strong individuals with character, self-confidence and self-sustainability. Our Club is giving them a brighter future. In turn, they are giving Oxnard and Port Hueneme its future.

I encourage you to check us out, tour of one of our facilities and invest in our youth for a ROI that transcends generations. See us online at http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.

Together we can do more for our greatest asset: our children!

See 5th Street Clubhouse kids in action

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 8, 2013

Community members are invited to tour the 5th Street Clubhouse on Mar. 13 to see how our youths’ futures are being shaped at the Club. BGCOP offers lunchtime tours of the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse the second Wednesday of every month to introduce the Club’s programs and services to the community.
“Tours are a great way for visitors to experience the energy, activity and joy of our Club kids and to see how the Club helps support the community now, as well as in the future as we nurture the next generation of leaders,” said Tim Blaylock, BGCOP chief professional officer.
The tour includes the Club’s multipurpose room with its inspirational pictures of children riding bikes and playing cards, painted by long-time volunteer Linda Dullam; the music room and recording booth, where the Club’s Peace Thru Music program provides free music lessons year-round; the after-school tutoring rooms, where members receive help with homework on a daily basis; the gymnasium area, where students play basketball and other sports; the cafeteria; and other areas of the Club.
The free tours are offered from noon to 1 p.m. at the Martin V. Smith Branch, 1900 West Fifth Street, Oxnard. A light lunch will be served. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Kelly Ventimiglia at 805-815-4959 x 205 or email kventimiglia@bgcop.org. Additional tour dates and/or visits to other Club sites can be arranged.

Developing creativity through art

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 8, 2013

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The arts are such an important part of a child’s development that they’re identified as one of the Club’s five core areas to help youth reach their full potential. To increase involvement in this important -and fun- area, the Club holds a yearly Fine Arts contest with 10 different categories. The categories include monochromatic drawing, multi-colored drawing, pastel, watercolor, oil or acrylic, printmaking, mixed media, collage, sculpture and group project. In the Club’s most recent fine arts exhibit, this past January, 33 students of all ages were honored of the more than 100 students who entered.
art photo 1These members are now competing at the Boys & Girls Club’s regional competition which takes place between Feb. 11 and Mar. 22 at Washington State. If selected, winners move on to the national competition in May, where more than 1,100 clubs nationwide will be participating.

“I love to see member’s self-esteem grow with their creativity,” said Tom Barber, program director. “This art exhibit gives them the chance to see that they can create amazing art, which helps them gain confidence.”
For the last 15 years, the Club has been submitting artwork for the regional and national competitions as part of a year-round program that promotes artistic expression among club members ages 6-18. Youth from the Club’s 13 after-school sites and the club facility at the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Center also compete. A variety of projects were submitted.

Here are the winners for each age group and category:
Mixed Media:
6-9 – Jamie Rojas
10-12 – Jose Espinoza
13-15 – Hailey Cardenas
16-18 – Paloma Guzman

Multicolored:
6-9 – Eric Bustamante
10-12 – Kalia Carino
13-15 – Jaden White

Pastels:
6-9 – Miguel Hernandez
10-12 – Juliana Tello
13-15 – Vanessa Torralba
16-18 – Gilbert De la Cruz

Collage:
6-9 – Antziri Pinental
10-12 – Katie M
13-15 – Nancy Castaneda

Monochromic:
6-9 – Ariana Diaz
10-12 – Cameron Covarrubias
13-15 – Kayla Mota
16-18 – Eric Cervantes

Watercolor:
6-9 – Adrian Cerbin
10-12 – Elvira Martinez

Group:
Jimena Pena
Maricruz Torralba
Claudia Torres
Dayanara Guerrero
Angela Valenzuela

Acrylic:
6-9 – Matthew Rivera
10-12 – Ashley Garcia
13-15 – Kayla Mota

Printmaking:
6-9 – Andrea Martinez
10-12 – Michelle Landeros
13-15 – Miguel Martinez

Sculpture:
6-9 – Marcos Mercado
10-12 – Andrea Taboada

Underwater robotics program promotes deep learning

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 8, 2013

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Club youth are getting a unique opportunity to build underwater robots with the help of engineers and logisticians from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division.
The innovative SeaPerch program is a partnership between BGCOP and the Navy. Offered at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse, the program aims to stimulate students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math. By encouraging students to interact with the engineers and other technical personnel, they’re also learning about science and technical career options.
During the six-week program, 10- to 12-year-old students work in small groups with SeaPerch instructors to build their underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles. The robots come from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts. The instruction follows a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. Throughout the project, students learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.Potato battery (2)
“Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles,” said Robin Nussear, Navy program lead. “It also teaches basic science and engineering concepts and tool safety and technical procedures. Students learn important engineering and design skills and are exposed to all the exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean and marine engineering. “
To learn more about the program, contact program director Tom Barber at 805-815-4959 x217 or tbarber@bgcop.org.

DMI Cements its Support of the Club

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 8, 2013

DMI cement truck
Diversified Minerals Inc. (DMI), a locally owned concrete company, has proudly displayed a giant BGCOP logo with the tagline “The Positive Place for Kids” on one of its ready mix concrete pouring trucks for the past couple of years. The eye-catching logo-truck is part of a philanthropic program DMI owner Jim Price created to help the Club, which receives a portion of the revenue from each job where the truck is used. BGCOP has received nearly $10,000 from the logo-truck program to date.
“We wanted to do something different, something that would sustain itself while promoting a worthy cause,” Price said of the idea for the program. “We wanted to keep it local, too. My company is like a big family and we all believe in buying local to support our community.”
Price also is committed to promoting philanthropy to his fellow local business owners. “The BGCOP truck is requested by name,” he said. “People like having the truck out on their properties. It tells the community that they too support giving back to their community.”
Based on the success of the BGCOP ready mix truck, DMI is considering adding a second BGCOP-logo truck.
“It’s partnerships like these that truly demonstrate how a community can work together,” said Kelly Ventimiglia, BGCOP’s director of major gifts. “This is one of many examples of opportunities for businesses and nonprofits to connect and make a difference.”

There’s a Great Breakfast in Your Future! – MARCH 21

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 8, 2013

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Heralded as the “Warhol of Wall Street” and the “Picasso of productivity,” Erik Wahl’s keynote presentation is the event of the season and you won’t want to miss it! He will show us how to “unthink” and be creative to achieve more in every aspect of life. Celebrating the Club’s 11th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast, Wahl will inspire and engage everyone on March 21 at Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge in Oxnard from 7 – 9 a.m. There is no charge for tickets, but reservations are required and event guests will be asked to sponsor a BGCOP Club member.

The event is a 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. The 2013 campaign goal is to raise $150,000 for providing the quality programs and services to more than 9,000 children and their families throughout the Oxnard Plain. 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 BGCOP have higher graduation rates and lower teen pregnancy and crime rates than area youth, resulting in a 400 percent return on donor investments.

To attend the breakfast, contact Ana Saucedo at (805) 815-4959 ext.200 or asaucedo@bgcop.org. Please RSVP by March 19. To make a donation to the campaign, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org/getinvolved/donate.htm.

Youth of the Year: Paloma Guzman

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 8, 2013

??????????For the past five years, 17-year-old Paloma Guzman has thought of the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse as a second home. However, this year’s 2013 Youth of the Year says she wasn’t so sure of the Club when she first joined.
“I had lived in six states before moving to Oxnard with my mother and sister, and the idea of starting over in a new place was pretty scary,” Paloma said.
But once she became comfortable at the Club, she began to excel, especially with the Club’s Keystone group. For the last two years, Paloma has been president of Keystone, a leadership group that focuses on academic success, career preparation and community service.
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.
“Paloma has such strong drive and ambition. She is a creative and intelligent young woman who represents our Clubs with great pride and enthusiasm,” said Tim Blaylock, BGCOP chief professional officer. “We are proud to consider her our Youth of the Year.”
Paloma has also been involved in the Club’s Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship program, where she won first place in the Dec. 13 NFTE Business Competition with her Blissful Cake Pops business plan.
She plans to attend college in the fall to study linguistics with an emphasis on American Sign Language and minor in business.