Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

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.

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