Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

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

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

Take part in the Charity Challenge

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on July 22, 2013


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 into your browser. Or contact BGCOP’s Kelly Ventimiglia at 815-4959 x 205.