Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Club just for teens!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on June 28, 2013

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Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on June 28, 2013

Teen Center Grand Opening

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on June 20, 2013

Teen Center Grand Opening

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Join us at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 27 as we celebrate the Grand Opening of our new Teen Center, THE CLUB, at the Harriet H. Samuelsson Branch, 126 E. 7th St., in Oxnard. There will be a ribbon cutting, local dignitaries, live music, and tours of the facility. From 5-10 p.m., teens are invited to socialize, play games, enter contests, win prizes, create crafts participate in tournaments, and visit with KCAQ 104.7 DJs.

THE CLUB Teen Center provides teens with engaging, enriching activities during the evening hours, which is statistically when juvenile crime is highest. The center will stay open late to provide productive activities and programs targeted specifically to youths 13-18 years old.
“The Club is really about teens voicing their perspective, interests and connecting face-to-face with each other in a safe, substance-free and pressure-free environment,” explained Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of BGCOP. “At the center, the teens have an active role in deciding the activities, so they have a high degree of autonomy and creative options for exploring areas of interest to them.”

Teens can register to join the center for $20 a year, which provides unlimited access to programs and activities. The center is open 1-8 p.m. during the summer, and teens are provided lunch and dinner. During the school year, it will be open 3 – 8 p.m., with dinner provided. For more information or to register, contact Erin Antrim at 483-1118 x305 or eamtrim@bgcop.org.

A Message from Tim Blaylock Chief Professional Officer

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on June 20, 2013

A Message from Tim Blaylock
Chief Professional Officer

The Club celebrates its 59th anniversary this month! For more than 59 years now the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme has been here for our youth no matter what. Serving more than 9,000 youth each and every day, I’m exposed to stories of heartache and resilience from our youth who attend our clubs daily. Their stories range from optimistic to tragic. Today I’m sharing a poem by Lily Eagle Dorman-Colby called A Ripened Fuji!

I wasn’t a rotten apple, But you wouldn’t eat me
You see I was picked too early, And never got a chance to ripen
I did not leave on my own accord, I was thrown in the back of a dusty truck
Leaving my farm, Cramped in the stiff cardboard box
On a road that only got windier
Of all the places, I was placed on your shelf
You never liked me, You see, I did not go bad
I just, I just wasn’t handled with care,
My peel now carries permanent bruises
You’re afraid my bitterness will rub off on your tongue
No matter how tough I pretend to be, You see, I have a soft spot
And you think, I am going to fall apart on you
You see my scars, then shudder and turn away. Maybe I wasn’t meant to be loved
I was left in a basket with far more desirable fruits.
And when they were all snatched up, I remained.
You were too afraid to toss me out, Yet, you felt guilty leaving me there
You passed by me hoping I would somehow grow younger
Hoping someone else will help me, Or put me out of my misery, But no one will
And now you realize this, You will toss me out in the morning before work
I will not blame you, I am a ripened Fuji
And I understand how the world works
I have grown older, and sweet, And even with my bruises, I still shine
I was not a bad apple, You just wouldn’t eat me.
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Lily wrote this poem about her life from an apple’s perspective. What would the world be like if you were an apple endlessly waiting to be eaten? After writing the poem she realized it was actually about her experience in foster care. Fortunately, later while living in more supportive environments, she was able to find a stronger sense of self and school became important to her. She excelled in her classes and signed up for countless extracurricular activities. After high school she received scholarships and graduated from Yale University in 2010 and is currently attending UC Berkeley School of Law.

Our Boys & Girls Clubs serve all children, especially those who need us most, like Lily. All kids regardless of their background need loving supportive relationship with caring adults. Our staff, volunteers and donors pride themselves on supporting this day in and day out, but ongoing funding for our every-day programs remains a struggle.

Please help us give all children the love and support they need to thrive by making a contribution that directly helps kids succeed.

Together we can do more!

Looking for Community Mentors

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on June 20, 2013

Looking for Community Mentors

If you’re interested in making a difference in a young offender’s life, sign up now to be a volunteer for the Club’s RAMP program. The Reentry Aftercare Mentoring Program (RAMP) pairs up community mentors with youth housed in the juvenile justice facility, with hopes of building a solid relationship after the youth is released.

“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,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “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.”

The program is made possible through a partnership with Ventura County Probation Agency.

Volunteers must attend the 20-hour training session, which takes place over two consecutive weekends. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, 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.

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

Graduating members

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on June 20, 2013

Graduating members

Congratulations to all our graduating seniors! More than 50 Club members graduated from high school this June. “We are so proud of our youth. It’s amazing to see how they progress over the years and watch their levels of involvement grow,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer.

At the Club, 96 percent of BGCOP members graduate high school, where 70 percent of Oxnard high school youth graduate.

Our 2013 graduating seniors:

Oxnard High School
Kayleen Chicas
Paloma Guzman
William Milton
Monique Ramos
Alexis Roman-Pantoja
Guadalupe Tejeda
Pacifica High School
Marelyn Arredondo
Horacio Carrillo
David De La Torre
Jazmin Fernandez
Fatima Gallardo
Martin Galvan
Karla Gutierrez
Marc Hernandez
Mariate Hernandez
Emmanuel Lopez
Itzel Lopez
Mario Quiroz
Mario Robles
Alyssa Urquidez
Keziah Valenzuela
Jose Valerio
Ricardo Vasquez
Channel Islands High School
Kassandra Barrera
Mindy Barrera
Juana Garcia
Rocio Gomez
Ana Martinez
Estrella Ozuna
Francisco Ramirez
Rosemary Ramirez
Jessica Silva
Alejandra Suarez
Ana Vega
Marisela Yanez
Hueneme High School
Siomara Ardon
Rafael Armenta
Karina Arroyo
Heriberto Chavarria
Matthew Cruz
Marcus Flores
Elia Garcia
Emiliano Gonzalez
Valentin Gonzalez
Tarik Harbour
Jennifer Henry
Andrea Jimenez
Eduardo Juarez
Martha Lopez
Edwin Martinez
Aileen Milan
Andrew Nava
Janet Ramos
Jenny Vallejo
Demasio Velasquez

Set sail this summer

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on June 20, 2013

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Set sail this summer

The Club’s youth have the opportunity to learn how to sail, thanks to the Fairwind Yacht Club. The yacht club worked with BGCOP to create a free sailing program for Club members ages 9-12. The program’s objective is to teach basic sailing skills to youth in the local community. There is also an intermediate session for youth who have completed the Seabridge Community Youth Sailing Program.

“This is a great experience for children,” said Tom Barber, BGCOP athletic director. “Kids are taught how to sail, boat safety, wind currents and much more.”

The sailing classes are held in the north basin of Seabridge Marina in Mandalay Bay. All instructors are ASA certified. Additional Fairwind Yacht Club instructors include Alan MacGovern, Bob Chatenever and Patrick Anderson. This program is made possible with the support of DR Horton and Seabridge Marina.

For more information on the sailing program contact Tom at (805) 815-4959 x217 or tbarber@bgcop.org.

Seabridge Summer Session – for beginners
Capri 14’s in Seabridge Marina

Summer Session 1
June 18: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
June 19: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
June 20: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
June 25: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
June 26: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
June 27: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
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Summer Session 2
July 09: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
July 10: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
July 11: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
July 16: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
July 17: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
July 18: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Summer Session 3
July 30: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
July 31: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
August 1 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
August 6: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
August 7: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
August 8: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Fall After School Sailing
Capri 14’s in Seabridge Marina
Fall Session:
Oct 1: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Oct 2: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Oct 3: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Oct 8: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Oct 9: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Oct 10: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Boys & Girls Club Invites Community to Teen Center Grand Opening

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on June 11, 2013

Oxnard, Calif.—The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme launches its first-ever standalone Teen Center at the Club’s Harriet H. Samuelson Branch, 126 E. 7th St., in Oxnard. Local community and teens are invited to the Grand Opening from 4- 5 p.m., June 27. There will be a ribbon cutting, local dignitaries, live music, and tours of the facility. From 5-10 p.m., teens are invited to socialize, play games, enter contests, win prizes, create crafts participate in tournaments, and visit with KCAQ 104.7 DJs.

THE CLUB Teen Center provides teens with engaging, enriching activities during the evening hours, which is statistically when juvenile crime is highest. The center will stay open late to provide productive activities and programs targeted specifically to youths 13-18 years old. “The Club is really about teens voicing their perspective, interests and connecting face-to-face with each other in a safe, substance-free and pressure-free environment,” explained Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of BGCOP. “At the center, the teens have an active role in deciding the activities, so they have a high degree of autonomy and creative options for exploring areas of interest to them.”

Youths can sign up for tutoring, and programs that teach money management, art, fitness and job readiness. They can also participate in the College Bound Program and work out in the facility’s boxing gym. Teens can also sign up for special weekend events, such as fieldtrips to sporting events, onsite parties and service learning outings.

Teens can register to join the center for $20 a year, which provides unlimited access to programs and activities. The center is open 1-8 p.m. during the summer, and teens are provided lunch and dinner. During the school year, it will be open 3 – 8 p.m., with dinner provided. For more information or to register, contact Erin Antrim at 483-1118 x305 or eamtrim@bgcop.org.

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 Justice Center 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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