Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

USC bound?

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 15, 2013

USC bound?
campus tour

Last month, 35 Club members in the Club’s Youth Empowerment Program visited the University of Southern California campus. The goal of the field trip was to encourage YEP participants to think about college and to expose them to different campuses. The Club members on the tour included high school seniors, youth ages 18-21 and NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) members.

“All the students really enjoyed the campus tour. I even heard a few students mention that they would be interested in attending the university,” said Michelle Morgan, BGCOP Academic and Career Advisor.

The tour began in front of a statue of Tommy the Trojan, where students were given a detailed description of the majors the university offered, as well as information about the many organizations and activities on campus. They also learned what a USC student’s typical day is like.
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Campaign engages community

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 15, 2013

Campaign engages community

The Club’s newly launched Great Futures campaign needs you, your dry cleaner, your favorite sandwich shop — and every other local business –to help raise $500,000. The funds ensure we can provide the quality programs and services to our more than 9,000 youth and their families in the community.

Retailers are being asked to put BGCOP posters in their windows and brochures on their counters to show their support of the Club and its efforts.

Recently, Channel Islands Family Dental Office pledged to donate 100 percent of every new patient’s regular cleaning in 2013 to the Club. DMI Ready Mix Concrete proudly displays the BGCOP logo on one of its ready mix concrete trucks and donates a portion of the revenue to the Club from each job the truck is used.

The campaign is vital because it costs $500 per child to provide programs, and families pay just $20 per year for a child to become a member of the Club.

By supporting Club programs, you can help neighborhood children grow up to graduate from high school and achieve self-sufficiency, along with learning strong character and leadership skills. BGCOP members have higher graduation rates and lower teen pregnancy and crime rates than area youth, resulting in a 1,200 percent return on donor investments.

Your Vote Could Mean $25,000 to the Club

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 15, 2013

When you’re on Facebook, please vote for BGCOP! We’re competing to be one of the top 40 causes (out of 200) to win a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist™ through a Facebook voting campaign from April 4 – 22. Facebook members can vote on Facebook at https://www.state-assist.com/cause/5847/great-futures-for-kids. You can vote up to 10 times a day during the voting period.

The top 40 vote-getting organizations will be announced April 29 on Facebook.

The grant would support the Club’s Be Great: Graduate program. It’s a comprehensive, targeted dropout prevention intervention program designed to enhance youths’ engagement with learning by pairing them with staff and volunteer mentors who are trained to use strength-based strategies and problem-solving techniques.

“We would love to be among the top 40 causes honored by State Farm Neighborhood Assist and encourage people to vote for us when they’re on Facebook,” said Tim Blaylock, BGCOP Chief Professional Officer.
To be eligible for the contest, causes needed to be focused on safety, education or community development to better their community. A total of 3,000 community causes were submitted to the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, which chose 200 worthy causes to move forward to Facebook voting. The advisory board is comprised of 30 students, ages 17-20, from across the United States and Canada who serve two-year terms.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist empowers people to identify problems in their community, connects them with local nonprofits that can help solve the problem and provides an opportunity for communities to receive funding to make a positive impact in their neighborhood.

Meet Anya Tobin

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on April 15, 2013

Meet Anya Tobin
New Director of Volunteer Services
Anya Tobin is the new director of volunteer services, but she’s not new to our Club. She has been working as a BGCOP site coordinator in the Ocean View School District’s after school program. In her new role, she will oversee more than 200 volunteers who help out at the Club, doing everything from mentoring and homework help to coaching sports or being a guest speaker.

Motivated by the hurdles in her life that she has worked hard to overcome, Anya can relate to many of our Club youth. She uses this connection to remind volunteers of why they are here, how important it is to guide our youth toward positive interests and continue to keep opening the doors of opportunity
Anya grew up on the rural coast of Maine as the youngest in a family of 10. She struggled with dyslexia and chronic ear infections that delayed her learning. Frustrated, she retreated into art and the vast woods around her home. There were no Boys and Girls Clubs in her area, so as Anya went through high school she continued to struggle with her grades and self-esteem. She threw herself into her art, graduating from the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a minor in art history. Anya made the Dean’s List during her sophomore year.

During her time at USM, Anya participated in several student organizations and was the president of the Art Student Union. She traveled to Europe twice, organized her peers to attend the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and presented her work and her peers work to guests from around the globe. In her senior year, Anya took second place for a business plan she and a friend presented to the governor.