Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER OXNARD & PORT HUENEME WISH TO RECRUIT MENTORS INTO THEIR RAMP PROGRAMS

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 28, 2013

Press Release
Immediate Release
Contact; Tim Blaylock
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme
805-815-4959- EXT. 203
TBlaylock@bgcop.org
http://www.positiveplace4kids.org
May 28, 2013

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER OXNARD & PORT HUENEME WISH TO RECRUIT MENTORS INTO THEIR RAMP PROGRAMS

“RAMP”

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is currently looking for volunteers for their RAMP program. This Aftercare Mentoring Program (RAMP) will pair up community mentors with youth housed in the juvenile justice facility, with hopes of building a solid relationship after the youth is released.

The Club is seeking volunteer mentors for their upcoming training sessions. The 20-hour training will take place during two consecutive weekends. Desirable candidates would have an interest in working with young offenders and a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of local youth. Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older, able to make a one year commitment of at least two hours per week and complete a criminal background check. Mentors will work with youth inside the facility as well as in the community.

The program is made possible in partnership with Ventura County Probation Agency. “We are calling on all those in the community that have a strong commitment to youth to step up and help our most at risk teens from the most challenging backgrounds and circumstances become successful,productive and responsible adults.”These are young people who have lost their way but have great hope for the future, they just need a caring adult to help guide them down a new path to a better and brighter future,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

Service Clubs like the Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs are also encouraged to help identify additional mentors for this important program.

For information on how you can make a huge difference in this community and on training for either mentorship program, please contact Anya Tobin: 483-1118 ext 302 or atobin@bgcop.org.

About the Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme exists to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. With three full-service clubs, 13 school program sites and one housing site, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in California, serving 9,000 members annually. The group is also the first Boys & Girls Club of its kind to open a site inside a Juvenile JusticeCenter in the state of California. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports, fitness and recreation.

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“…An experience I will carry in my heart forever.”

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 20, 2013

“…An experience I will carry in my heart forever.”
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“The 2013 National Keystone Conference in Atlanta, Ga., is an experience I will carry in my heart forever,” said Freddy Ruiz, an HHS Keystone member.

As a member of the Club’s Keystone group, Freddy and five other teens got to test their leadership skills and take part in one of the largest, most established youth leadership conferences. In late March, the six BGCOP teens attended the three-day National Keystone Conference and met up with more than 1,800 teens from around the country to discuss issues facing young people in their communities. Other BGCOP teens who attended the conference included Paloma Guzman, Jorge Perez, Amber Holmes and Joseline Vasquez, and their advisors, LaCresha McManus and Cris Lejano.

The teens and their advisors all said the conference was amazing!

– “This was my first time EVER on an airplane and I’m glad the Club gave me the chance to go because it was so AMAZING!” said Joseline Vasquez, PH Keystone Club.

– “I was the ONLY veteran Keystoner going to conference and it just allowed me to appreciate all of the opportunities the Club has made available to me over the years…I got to reconnect with lots of friends I’ve made while being a Keystone member and introduce them to the rest of my friends from home,” said Paloma Guzman, MVS Keystone president.

– “I became a National Reporter for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America through Myclubmylife.com! I’m looking forward to the future with my Keystone Family,” said Amber Holmes, HHS Keystone president.
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During the conference, teens heard from a wide array of motivational speakers and entertainers, including musical performances by recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks, hip hop recording artist B.o.B and pop group OMG Girlz. Motivational sessions featured rap and hip hop pioneers Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-D.M.C., Doug. E. Fresh and DJ Spinderella of Salt-n-Pepa, professional skateboarder Preston Pollard and WWE wrestler and actress Eve Torres.

Teens participated in interactive workshops on everything from bullying prevention, financial literacy and college preparedness to robotics, golf and movie making.

BGCOP advisor McManus said her group enjoyed the workshops and motivational speakers and really grew as individuals. “Our BGCOP teens gained confidence to be comfortable with whom they are becoming. They also became even better leaders for our organization and community. Most importantly, they gained a new appreciation for what our Club has to offer and an understanding that the choices they make NOW will indeed affect their future.”
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To attend the conference, teens need to maintain a 3.0 GPA, attend Keystone meetings regularly, participate in three or more other BGCA programs and be present to work at Keystone events throughout the year. The Keystone Club is a teen leadership group that focuses on leadership development through community service projects.

Teens tour Museum of Tolerance

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 20, 2013

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Teens tour Museum of Tolerance

Club teens got a firsthand look at topics ranging from the Holocaust to terrorism when they visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on March 28. In a three-and-a-half-hour tour, more than 20 teens had the opportunity to see interactive exhibits that look at the dynamics of prejudice and discrimination throughout history.

“It was a highly impactful field trip for our teens,” said advisor LaCresha McManus.

The teens were very interested in one of the museum’s newer exhibits, which described the effects of bullying. The interactive station allowed the teens to interview the bully, bystanders and the bullied. They found the Holocaust exhibits to be the most interesting. One of the most impactful exhibits in the museum was Hitler’s First Anti-Semitic Writing exhibit, added LaCresha.

“All of the students have learned about the Holocaust in school, but this event had a deeper impact on them as the museum strives to bring history to the heart of its viewers,” LaCresha said. “Even after leaving the museum, our teens were eager to learn more about the Holocaust. Some of them even did their end of the year projects on the effects of the Holocaust past and present. It gave them a new understanding for hatred in the world, and I believe they are trying to get the ball rolling on spreading love instead of hate.”

In the Good Old Summertime

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 20, 2013

In the Good Old Summertime

What plans have you made to keep your kids having fun and engaged this summer? The Club has several day camps for kids ages 6-13, like Ocean Adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Jam Camp to keep them busy during the lazy days of summer.

Registration for summer day camps is now open. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required for each week to reserve your child’s spot; the balance can be paid the first day of camp. Plus, there is a multi-child enrollment discount of $5 for each additional child.

All of the day camps are held at the Martin V. Smith Youth Center, 1900 W. 5th Street. For more information contact Kimberly Salinas at 815-4999. Check out this year’s exciting Day Camps:

Summer Break Let’s Just Play! — June 14

Let’s start the summer off with some really cool games. Members will take an obstacle course challenge and participate in an age-appropriate in-house games room tournament. Get ready for some really wacky and wild games.

The Great Detective — June 17-21

Spies, detectives and secret agents unite! Let’s attend the academy’s special training force preparing for a secret mission. Recruits will be trained in gathering intelligence, code cracking, and escape without detection. After passing rigorous skill challenges, recruits will complete the mission and graduate to be certified great detectives.

Wilderness Survival Adventure — June 24-28

Is your child interested in wilderness exploration? This camp focuses on the exploration of the outdoors adventure. We offer wilderness survival techniques, camping, campfire safety, team-building skills, take a nature hike and we will play the wilderness survival adventure scavenger hunt game.

Big Top Adventures — July 1-5, club closed on July 4th

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages… Step right up to the big top where we will clown around and learn the tricks of the ringmaster and his crew of clowns, comedians, animals, acrobats and more. Campers will go on a field trip and we will have an exciting, magical carnival for all ages.

Pirates of the Caribbean — July 8-12

Ahoy matey! Prepare for an adventure on the high seas that’ll blow ya outta the stormy ocean! Hope ya can join us for swashbuckling good time or ya will be walking the plank! Who knows, ya may escape from the bone-chilling adventure and find the map to the hidden chest on Treasure Island!

My Masterpiece — July 15-19

My masterpiece art is perfect for your budding Picasso. Each day focuses on a new mixed media, such as sculpture, collage or painting. Members will be introduced to an artist and learn mini-lessons to design their own cartoon or comic strip superheroes characters. Field trip to art museum included.

Ocean Adventures — July 22-26

Dive into Disney Oceans Adventure! Our members will take a spectacular adventure under the deep blue sea. We will take a journey through the eyes of these amazing creatures. We will visit an aquarium and go to the beach to explore the marine life surrounding us.

It’s a jungle Out There — July 29-August 2

Join us for a week of WILD fun. We will go on a safari and learn about animals and their habitats. We will have many animal encounters on a field trip to the ZOO, so make sure you are on the lookout. Bring your safari hat and join the fun!

Jam Camp — July 29-August 2

Let you inner rock star come out. This fun week will inspire the musician in you! We will rock out with drums, piano and guitar. We will explore music and artists through the ages. We will explore music on a fun-filled field trip.

Wet and Wild Week — August 5-9

Come join us for a week of wet and wild excitement where you will be showered with fun! This camp will be filled with water activities for everyone to enjoy, so be prepared to get wet! Learn about the many ways we depend on water and the wonderful world of aquatics through science projects, water safety and local field trips. Members will learn how to do their part in keeping our beaches and oceans clean in a fun service learning beach clean-up. We will also host our Second Annual Water Olympics…be prepared to get soaked.

Let’s Get Gooey — August 12-16

Get ready to get your hands dirty. This fun-filled week is designed to get messy! We will make play dough, slime, gak and fun foam finger paint. We double dare you to take the wild and crazy challenge! Members will win the chance to slime a friend or a staff member.

End of the Summer Blast — August 19-23

We will end our summer with relaxing fun in the sun. We will have a picnic, fly kites and scoop up some ice cream in this fun-filled camp. The camp will conclude with a talent show. Members will show off their singing, dancing and acting talents … Let’s see what you got!


Sports Camps for Champs!

Sports Camps for Champs are co-ed sports camps that focus on teaching good sportsmanship and teamwork within a fun and noncompetitive environment. Our sports camps emphasize the fundamentals and the basic skills necessary to play the game.

Registration is now open
. Please register early. Camps will fill up and t-shirts are only guaranteed for those that register before the deadline. Pick up a brochure at the front desk for more information and the package deals available! Early drop-off and late pick-up are available.

Monday – Friday, 10am – 2pm at MVS, $95 with membership

Basketball: June 17 – 21

Cheer Camp: June 24 – 28

Soccer: July 8 – 12

Basketball: July 22 – 26

Flag Football: August 5 – 9

All Sports Camp (Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Flag Football, Softball): August 12 – 16

Message from Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 20, 2013

Parris’s Great Future.

Everyone recognized Parris’s natural leadership skills, humility and compassion. However, Parris struggled with school. Our staff and peers at the Club reached out to help Parris build on his abilities and to understand that he could be successful at school. It worked.

Parris credits the Club with helping shape him into a well-rounded individual. While here, he participated in Keystone Club, College Bound and Money Matters programs and excelled in basketball, baseball and flag football. Today, Parris is a junior at a local university with plans to teach elementary school and give back to his community. He calls the Club his “home away from home.”

During this graduation season, I think of Parris and all our Club kids who made it and will be receiving diplomas. I feel incredible joy and pride that the Club has helped each one of them reach their goals. The Club made a difference in their young lives. The difference starts when they walk through our doors, whether it’s as a kindergartener or high schooler.

Your support of the Great Futures Campaign helps us provide the many Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme programs and services that needy families rely upon every day to keep their children safe, thriving and in school. With your help we can ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and graduate high school in our Clubs across the Oxnard Plain!

Studies show that 3 out of every 10 local young people won’t graduate on time. Low graduation rates contribute to increases in unemployment, poor health, crime and drug use.

We are making a bold promise to you: We are partners with local school districts to help kids stay in school. Additionally, every child who comes to our club and commits to participate in our activities two hours a day, three days a week, will not only graduate high school, but will have a clear path for a successful future.

And we mean every child.

Most of our Club kids do make this commitment, which is why our graduation rate for the 9,000 kids we serve is 96 percent. But we have not done this alone. Our kids succeed because our community invests in them. We need your help to keep this promise to every one of our 9,000 kids and to extend our programs to reach even more children.

We invite you to become a Boys & Girls Club investor because we cannot do it alone.

Please join us by making a donation today. Thank you for your consideration.