Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Oxnard teen club helps keep young people out of juvenile hall

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on August 23, 2013

As part of electronic monitoring imposed by the courts, Angel, 15, must participate in a pilot program aimed at reducing the number of Latino young people in custody.

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Message from Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on August 21, 2013

Message from Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer

There’s nothing more productive than investing in children. The financial outcomes are proven. For our Club members, studies have proven a seven-fold return on individual investments. As caring adults, we have responsibilities to our children and community. We have a choice to invest in our children for a better tomorrow.

Business leaders have the ability to create many opportunities for young people to obtain the skills they need. For example, businesses can partner with us and other youth organizations to provide internships, job-shadowing programs and summer jobs, and they can encourage their employees to serve as mentors and tutors. Businesses can invest in programs at the local, state and national level that have demonstrated their ability to improve outcomes for young people, and, finally, business leaders can use their expertise in innovation and management to help identify new and creative solutions.

Think about the difference you can make today, tomorrow and throughout the year by supporting academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship. In doing so, you are creating a better community for generations to come and helping each child realize their full potential.

The greatest crisis we face in America is not the economic crisis. It is the crisis in our families, communities and in education, particularly with high school graduation rates.

Several studies make clear the importance of completing high school:
• Dropouts are more likely to be on state-funded medical care and welfare.
• They are less likely to pay taxes and more likely to be unemployed.
• 54 percent of all high school dropouts are jobless.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s 18 Club locations annually serve more than 9,000 youth, and 96 percent of these youth will graduate from high school! We are changing and saving lives and the community. We are proud of our contribution to the futures of these children and the community, and we must broaden our impact by serving more.

In a world where young people are up against an increasing number of challenges and choices, the Boys & Girls Clubs are working to bring out the best in each young person, helping them become strong individuals with character, self-confidence and self-sustainability. BGCOP is giving them a brighter future. In turn, they are giving Oxnard and Port Hueneme their future.

I encourage you to check us out come by for a tour of one of our facilities. See us online at http://www.positiveplace4kids.org. Together we can do more for our greatest asset, our children.

Disney star helps out Boys & Girls Clubs

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on August 21, 2013

Disney star helps out Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Staples have teamed 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.

Through Sept. 28, customers can donate $1 or more at their local Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local students at our Club. The Staples store accepting donations on BGCOP’s behalf is located at Esplanade Shopping Center., 411 Esplanade Dr., Oxnard.

Teens are also encouraged to spread the word on social media by visiting 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.
To kick-start the campaign, Staples donated $125,000 worth of school supplies to the BGCA program this 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.

Youth learn about careers in healthcare

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on August 21, 2013

Youth learn about careers in healthcare

Thanks to a partnership with St. John’s Hospital, Club members in the Youth Empowerment Program can attend new quarterly career fairs hosted by the hospital, which will highlight a wide range of careers in healthcare, including nurses, doctors, cooks and phlebotomists.

Mariana Cazares, BGCOP program coordinator, expects 118 youth will participate in the Youth Empowerment Program this program year. Already, 65 youth have signed up for the program.

“Healthcare is a growing field that provides great career opportunities. By having career fairs, we aim to show students that there are so many more jobs in the field than just doctors and nurses, so they can be exposed to occupations that are exciting to them and start doing research to see what’s needed to get a job in the field,” said Cazares.

YEP offers young people the necessary training and skills to excel in the workplace through three different programs for high school students and youth out of high school.

Programs offered through YEP:
Job ready program for high school students
Job ready accelerated program for youth out of high school
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Program – which is offered to high school seniors interested in starting a business and offered at Channel Islands, Hueneme, Pacifica and Oxnard high schools

Join us for this year’s Day for Kids

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on August 21, 2013

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Join us for this year’s Day for Kids

Plan to spend a fun-filled Saturday together at the Eighth Annual “Day for Kids” family event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Martin V. Smith Youth Center, 1900 West 5th Street, Oxnard.

The free event has a family-fun atmosphere and includes games, prizes, face painting, jolly jumpers, laser tag, Gamez on Wheelz, food, music, and more. Children will enjoy a bubble garden, petting zoo, exotic birds, black dragon reptiles, a rock wall, and arts and crafts.

Throughout the day, the Voices of Hope Choir will perform and there will be a Reptile Family live reptile show and Polynesian floor show by Kealoha and Company. BGCOP’s own Soul Steppers also will perform. Information booths will have materials about community services available to families.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America created the annual “Day for Kids” event in 2005 to strengthen relationships between positive adults and kids by educating them on the importance of spending meaningful time together.

Win a 2013 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on August 21, 2013

Win a 2013 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

For the fifth year, BGCOP has teamed with Ventura Harley-Davidson to raffle off a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Club’s youth development programs and services.
Tickets are $30 each, with only 2,000 tickets to be sold. Tickets are available at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse (1900 West Fifth St., Oxnard) and from any BGCOP board member.

The drawing will take place on Nov. 16 at the 24th Annual Donald K. Facciano Kids Auction at the Residence Inn by Marriott, Oxnard. The winner does not need to be present to win. If tickets sell out before that date, the drawing will take place at an earlier date to be announced.

For more information on the raffle, contact the Club at 805-815-4959 x200 or visit http://www.bgcop.org/2013harley.

Harley raffle

“All in for the Kids” Casino Night is a sure bet You’re invited!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on August 21, 2013

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“All in for the Kids” Casino Night is a sure bet You’re invited!

The Club hosts its “All in for the Kids”

Casino Night at 5 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme.
Casino night offers a variety of casino games including black jack, craps, roulette and three card poker, as well as various prizes, appetizers, a no-host bar and a live airing of the highly anticipated pay-per-view boxing match Mayweather vs. Canelo.
“We’re excited to put on this great event,” said Kelly Ventimiglia, BGCOP director of major gifts and annual giving. “We have a lot of wonderful prizes including a Vegas vacation, gift baskets, gift cards and much more.”
Doors open at 5 p.m. and games will be from 6 -10 p.m. General admission is $65 through advanced online purchase, and tickets also can be purchased at the door for $75. The event is open to all community members 21 years old and up.
“Our goal is to raise $30,000 at the ‘All in for the Kids’ event,” said Tim Blaylock BGCOP chief professional officer. “It’s a great opportunity to have fun and socialize, while also giving back to the kids at the Club and the greater community.”
To purchase tickets go to bgcopcasinonight.eventbrite.com or call (805) 815-4959 x207.

Board and staff honored at 59th annual installation

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on August 21, 2013

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Board and staff honored at 59th annual installation

BGCOP Youth of the Year Paloma Guzman and former Youth of the Year Taylor Penny installed the Club’s 59th Board of Officers and Directors on July 25 at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse. Longtime board member Tony Volante was honored as Board Member of the Year at the annual dinner and installation, and Jaime Zendejas and Omar Zapata received Most Valuable Staff Member awards.

The 2013-14 executive board will be Sean Leonard, S.L Leonard & Associates, president; Michele Pettes, Southern California Gas Company, vice president; Mike Orman, Ojai Community Bank, treasurer; and Sean Copeland, SGN-NIA Insurance Brokers, secretary.

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.

Additional awards handed out at the event include:
From the Heart Award – Richard Duarte
Helping Hand Award – Steve Kinney

C.E.C.I.L. awards were presented to staff members:
Caring – Adriana Melena
Excellence – Nataly Zamudio
Communication – Luz Martinez
Innovation – Deanna Rodriguez
Leadership – Mariana Cazares-Moratoya

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

Eighth Annual Boys & Girls Club “DAY FOR KIDS” BGCOP Invites Families to Spend Quality Time Together

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on August 14, 2013

Eighth Annual Boys & Girls Club “DAY FOR KIDS”
BGCOP Invites Families to Spend Quality Time Together

Oxnard, Calif. – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme will host its eighth Annual “Day for Kids” family event 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Martin V. Smith Youth Center, 1900 West 5th Street, Oxnard. The day celebrates children as the future of our society and encourages families to spend quality time together. There is no cost to attend and all the fun activities are provided for free.

Last year, more than 2,500 people attended the Club’s event, which engages the community, local businesses and service agencies as they host booths and provide resources for youth and their families. “Day for Kids” encourages positive interaction with kids and their families through fun, play, mentoring and enrichment activities.

The free event boasts a family-fun atmosphere, with games, prizes, face painting, jolly jumpers, a rock wall, lazertag, a petting zoo, Gamez on Wheelz and pony rides, along with great food and more. There will be live stage entertainment, including the Voices of Hope Choir and a reptile show put on by the Reptile Family, Kealoha and Company will perform a Polynesian Floor Show and BGCOP’s own Soul Steppers will perform. There will also be information booths where families can get information about services provided within the community and BGCOP will be providing free new memberships.

“Children thrive when they have a caring adult in their lives. This event brings awareness to that and gets families to spend fun time together,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “By setting aside a Saturday, we hope to encourage adults and youth to spend more time together and build a connection that will last a lifetime.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America created the annual event in 2005 to strengthen relationships between positive adults and kids by educating them on the importance of spending meaningful time together.
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 more than 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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Oxnard-area teens take up cooking classes through Boys & Girls Clubs

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on August 14, 2013

A new program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme lets teens get creative with food by preparing meals every Wednesday for club members.


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