Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

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

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


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