Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Boys & Girls Clubs Honor Staff and Board Members 59th Board of Directors and Officers Installed

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on July 31, 2013

Boys & Girls Clubs Honor Staff and Board Members
59th Board of Directors and Officers Installed

Oxnard, Calif.—The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme installed new board leadership and honored staff and volunteer members at its annual dinner and installation July 25 at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse.

Youth of the year Paloma Guzman and former youth of the year Taylor Penny installed the Club’s 59th Board of Officers and Directors including President Sean Leonard, S.L Leonard & Associate; Vice President Michele Pettes, Southern California Gas Company; Treasurer Mike Orman, Ojai Community Bank; and Secretary Sean Copeland, SGN-NIA Insurance Brokers.

Executive committee members include Steve Kinney, EDCO; Don Facciano, Youth Advocate; Tony Volante, Youth Advocate; Richard Duarte, Youth Advocate; and Nancy Mayerson, Mayerson Marketing & Public Relations.

At the event, Tony Volante was honored as the Board Member of the Year, and Jaime Zendejas and Omar Zapata received the Most Valuable Staff Members awards. Richard Duarte received the From the Heart Award, and Steve Kinney received the Helping Hand Award.

C.E.C.I.L. awards were presented to Adriana Melena for Caring; Nataly Zamudio for Excellence; Luz Martinez for Communication; Deanna Rodriguez for Innovation and Mariana Cazares-Moratoya for Leadership.

Honors were also given to staff members who celebrated five or more years of service to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

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, 18 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. For more information, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.

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Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on July 30, 2013

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Oxnard Parents and Teens Help Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme youth in Need of Supplies

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on July 30, 2013

Oxnard Parents and Teens Help Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme youth in Need of Supplies

Teen Actor Jake T. Austin Joins Staples and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Promote Staples for Students National School Supply Drive

Oxnard, CA (July 30, 2013) – This summer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) are teaming up with teen actor Jake T. Austin, for the 6th annual Staples for Students national school supply drive, to help kids get the tools they need to build great futures.

From June 30 to September 28, Staples customers can donate $1 or more at their local Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local students at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Staples for Students school supply drive supports this mission by helping young people return to school prepared to learn and succeed.

The local Staples store to make a donation is located at Esplanade Shopping Ctr.411 Esplanade Drive Oxnard, CA 93036

“I’m so excited to team up with Staples and Boys & Girls Clubs of America for this great cause,” said Jake T. Austin. “I’m rallying my fellow teens to get involved to help make a difference in their communities by making sure students have the essential supplies they need to succeed.”

To kick-start the campaign, Staples will donate $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program this year. Staples and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America will ensure that all of the donations get to the local Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme in time for the new school year. Since 2008, the campaign has raised nearly $3 million for hundreds of thousands of students in need throughout the country. Past celebrity influencers have included Jordin Sparks, Ciara, Nikki Reed, the cast of Pretty Little Liars and Bella Thorne.

“It’s amazing to see teens and customers rally together each year for and give back to their local communities for this important cause,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president stores and online marketing at Staples. “With help from teen celebrities like Jake T. Austin to support the great mission of Boys & Girls Clubs, we can ensure that students across the country can start the year off right in the classroom.”

Teens are also encouraged to spread the word on social media. Starting July 15, they can visit the Staples for Students Facebook page where Jake will take followers through an exciting series of interactive mission videos to help drive donations. As missions are completed, teens will be rewarded with donations on their behalf to Boys & Girls Clubs, coupon codes for school supplies and other exciting surprises.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

About Staples:
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second largest internet retailer. For 26 years, Staples has served the needs of business customers and its vision is to provide every product businesses need to succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples offers office supplies, technology products and services, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print services and a wide range of other product categories. With thousands of associates worldwide dedicated to making it easy for businesses of all sizes, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at http://www.staples.com. Follow Staples on Twitter at http://twitter.com/staples and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/staples.

Tour the Boys & Girls Club Youth Center – Aug. 14

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on July 29, 2013

Tour the Boys & Girls Club Youth Center – Aug. 14
BGCOP offers tours once a month

Oxnard, Calif.—The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme offers monthly tours of its 5th Street Clubhouse. Tour the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse August 14, beginning at noon. Lunch is served prior to the tour.

“On the tours we discuss our programs, see the areas where our members work, play and learn, and provide information on how important the Club is to our members and the surrounding community,” said Kelly Ventimiglia, BGCOP Director of Major Gifts and Annual Giving.

The tour offers people a chance to see the Club’s multipurpose room with its inspirational pictures of children riding bikes and playing cards, painted by long-time volunteer Linda Dullam; the music room and recording booth, where the Club’s Peace Thru Music program provides free music lessons year-round; the after-school tutoring rooms, where members receive help with homework on a daily basis; the gymnasium area, where students play basketball and other sports; the cafeteria; and other areas of the Club.

“The tours give people a chance to see what programs we offer and what we do at the Club for all our members,” said Tim Blaylock, BGCOP chief professional officer. “The tours are open to all community members and anyone interested in learning more about the Club.”

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Kelly Ventimiglia at 805-815-4959 x205 or kventimiglia@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, 18 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. For more information, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.

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A Message from Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on July 23, 2013

Homeless children – a problem right here

Recently one of our staff came to me asking about help for four of our Club kids who just became homeless. I wish I could say this was an isolated occurrence, but it’s not. Homelessness is a big problem right here. Imagine how hard it must be for these children to concentrate in school when they don’t know where they’ll sleep or where their next meal will come from.

A Growing problem

In Ventura County, we have thousands of homeless children who live in a constant shuffle. More than 226,000 children are homeless in California, which ranks top in the United States for homeless kids.
They have high rates of acute and chronic health problems, and the constant barrage of stress and traumatic experience has profound effects on their development and ability to learn.

Finding solutions

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme serves many homeless children to break their cycle of homelessness. We give them dignity and the resources and mentors to help them become successful in school and in life. We connect our homeless members and their families with services that lead them to sustainable housing and self-sufficiency. We provide lunch and dinner during the summer months and dinner year-round at our new CLUB teen center. At our other Clubs, we offer nutritious snacks year-round and lunch during the summer.

Take action

As a community, we must take action. Urge local and state elected officials to push for programs that serve the homeless, especially children. Contribute to organizations that work to break the cycle of homelessness. Volunteer your time and mentor children so they can achieve their full potential as caring, responsible adults. If not you, then who?

And the four homeless children who my staff spoke to me about? We connected them with community services and they are safe, for now. But there will be others. As a community, let’s find solutions to keep a roof over their heads and in school, thinking about learning, having a career and creating a fulfilling life as a self-sufficient adult.
Let’s break the cycle of homelessness.

Educational partnership: Yes, you can

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on July 22, 2013

Educational partnership: Yes, you can

Teens who need an alternative to a traditional classroom environment are getting a second chance. THE CLUB Teen Center has partnered with Vista Real Charter School to provide local teens high school diplomas through independent study and personalized study programs. Housed in the teen center, Vista Real tailors coursework to students’ specific ability, pace, interests and goals.

“This partnership provides students a unique opportunity to further their education while engaging in a wide variety of positive activities the Boys and Girls Club is known for,” said Corrine Manley, principal of Vista Real. “For parents and students alike, the combination of services offered through this partnership provides an excellent learning and social platform, designed to enrich and engage our local youth in helping them choose positive pathways now and in the future.”

Vista Real’s high school diploma program, one-on-one teacher mentoring and tutoring are offered at no cost to eligible students between the ages of 14-19. The charter school also offers year-round enrollment. Students can earn their diploma while also enjoying flexible scheduling, high quality teachers and standards-based curriculum. Vista Real’s independent study program has helped thousands of students reach their credit recovery goals.

“Vista Real is a great opportunity for students to succeed without the distractions of a conventional school. This partnership will provide students another chance to earn their diploma while also increasing their odds of getting a job, or entering higher education” said Tim Blaylock, BGCOP chief professional officer.

For more information on services provided by Vista Real visit http://www.vrchs.org.

THE CLUB is open for fun!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on July 22, 2013

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Grand Opening on June 27 of our new teen center THE CLUB, located at the Harriet H. Samuelsson Branch, 126 E. 7th St., in Oxnard. The evening was a huge success!

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We held a ribbon cutting, local dignitaries brought letters of recognition, and we had live music and tours of the facility.

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Afterward, we turned the center over to the teens, who socialized, played games, entered contests to win prizes, created crafts, participated in tournaments and visited with KCAQ 104.7 DJs.

Club teens learning to cook, make dinners for rest of members once a week

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on July 22, 2013

Getting kids interested in cooking and creating healthy meals – those are some of the goals the new chef of the Boys & Girls Club Teen Center has for her weekly cooking class at THE CLUB. Tina Stetson, 27, a native of Ventura, will teach teen club members how to prepare a very well balanced, healthy dinner for the rest of the kids to eat every Wednesday from 3:30 – 4:30.

Tina, who has had a passion for culinary arts ever since high school, owns her own small business, Prepped Plate, that home delivers pre-prepped meals containing local and organic ingredients. She brings this farm-to-table theory to the Club and hopes to pass on basic cooking skills and health eating habits to teens in her kitchen.

“Healthy eating habits are so important. I really want to help educate people to make better food choices and use their local farmers and artisans,” Tina said. “With the funding for the Culinary Arts program at the teen center, I am able to feed kids healthier meals and get them interested in being in the kitchen.”

Cooking classes have already begun; enrollment is ongoing. There will be 6-8 students in a class. For more information on the program, contact 805-483-1118.

What’s new at the Club?

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on July 22, 2013

What’s new at the Club?
Interested in exploring the program offerings and facilities provided by the 5th St. Clubhouse? Tours are available every month at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse and are open to the community. The next tour is noon, Aug. 14 and lunch is provided.

On the tour, you’ll see happy faces and these great places:

• Club’s multipurpose room with its inspirational pictures of children riding bikes and playing cards, painted by long-time volunteer Linda Dullam.
• Music room and recording booth, where the Club’s Peace Thru Music program provides free music lessons year-round.
• After-school tutoring rooms, where members receive help with homework on a daily basis.
• Gymnasium, where students play basketball and other sports.
• And other areas of the Club!

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Kelly Ventimiglia at 805-815-4959 x205 or kventimiglia@bgcop.org.

Take part in the Charity Challenge

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on July 22, 2013

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The Club is proud to announce that for the third year in a row it is taking part in the Santa to the Sea Half Marathon Charity Challenge. The Club is one of six designated charities that race participants can help raise money for.

The Santa to the Sea race takes part Dec. 8 in Oxnard and offers four different types of races for people to walk or run: half marathon, two-person relay race, 5k run and a 1k fun run.

“It’s great to be involved with the Santa to the Sea event, which helps the community in so many ways,” said Tim Blaylock, BGCOP chief professional officer. “This year’s goal is to raise $25,000 during the race.”

Runners can choose their charity when they register. Participants who help raise money for the Club can receive a number of prizes and incentives, including an iPod shuffle, movie passes and Boys & Girls Club T-shirts. The top three fundraisers will receive a gift certificate and an award.

Help us make the Santa to the Sea a successful event and help the BGCOP at the same time!

For more information, click Charity Challenge or paste http://www.santatothesea.com/home/charities-2/our-charities into your browser. Or contact BGCOP’s Kelly Ventimiglia at 815-4959 x 205.