Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Message Tim Blaylock Chief Professional Officer

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 18, 2013

Message Tim Blaylock Chief Professional Officer

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme has a rich 59-year history in our community.  Since 1954, we have served generations of smart, brave and inspiring youth–literally thousands of wonderful kids–who have passed through our doors.

Every day for the past 59 years, there has been laughing, crying, growing and learning inside these Club walls. We want to keep this tradition of helping youth in our community grow to their fullest potential going for another 59 years—at least. We are working hard to keep the Boys & Girls Clubs a beacon of hope and opportunity for kids throughout Oxnard and Port Hueneme and we are doing it.

Recently, Erin Antrim, our director of program services, shared a story with me that I’d like to pass on to you. It’s about a teen who came to us through a referral from probation.

“He was noted as having drug problems and depression. He was mandated to come to the Club for 30 days. He was done with his mandatory time last week. I got a call this morning from probation, the youth’s probation officer reported, “He is a different kid now.” He used to be disrespectful, unhappy and somewhat hopeless, but is now optimistic and full of life. He has not tested clean for drugs since February….9 months, yesterday he tested clean for the first time!!

I truly believe we have replaced negative behavior and habits with positive behavior and habits here at the club, I observed this young man last night and he was so happy, he was interacting positively with his peers, socializing, respecting and listening to staff.”

This teen is an example of how we do change and save lives!  Be proud of your support and efforts on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.  We are dedicated and committed to ensuring that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is one of the best Boys & Girls Club organizations in the country and an outstanding youth guidance and development agency in our community.

We cannot do this work without your continued support and help. We are truly grateful for you!!!!

I invite you to embrace our vision, and together as a community we can be the positive change in the lives of thousands of Oxnard and Port Hueneme youth. Check out our website (www.bgcop.org ) for ways that you can help.

It just takes One to make a difference….Will you be the ONE?

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