Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

BGCOP’s 2014 Youth of the Year: Congratulations!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 24, 2014

BGCOP’s 2014 Youth of the Year: Congratulations! Anna Heath1 Singled out among several outstanding local youth, 17-year-old Anna Heath has been named the Club’s 2014 Youth of the Year. A Club member for 11 years, Anna initially felt afraid to be alone at the Club but the staff and other members quickly made her feel at home. “I soon realized that the Club was a place where I could learn, grow and belong,” said Anna. She joined programs like Smart Girls, Triple Play and took part in the Club’s athletic teams. As she got older and went to the Teen Center, she joined The Keystone Leadership Club and has been a teen reporter for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Now a senior at Pacifica High School, Anna attributes a lot of her self-confidence and achievements to experiences she has had at the Club. She has turned many obstacles and challenges in her life into opportunities. She works hard in school and was in the top 30 percent of her class at the end of her junior year. Anna has been accepted to Grand Canyon University in Arizona and is waiting to hear if she has also been accepted to California State University, Sacramento. She plans to study kinesiology with the goal of becoming a sports therapist. The Youth of the Year competition recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club local organization, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

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Developing creativity through art

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 24, 2014

Developing creativity through art

More than 30 Club members were honored this month with top awards for their art submissions in the Club’s yearly Fine Arts Contest, which had more than 100 students participate.

The arts are such an important part of a child’s development that they’re identified as one of the Club’s five core areas to help youth reach their full potential. To increase involvement in this important –and fun– area, the Club holds a Fine Arts contest with 10 different categories. The categories include monochromatic drawing, multi-colored drawing, pastel, watercolor, oil or acrylic, printmaking, mixed media, collage, sculpture and group project.

The members with top awards will go on to compete at the Boys & Girls Club’s regional competition, which takes place between Feb. 17 and Mar. 28. If selected, winners move on to the national competition in May, where more than 1,100 clubs nationwide will be participating.

“I really enjoy seeing the kids work,” said Isabel Erguera, music and art room coordinator at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse. “They get really excited when they think of something to create and so happy to see the completed work. I love to see their excited faces.”

The members work on art projects all year that can be used in the art show, Isabel said. Each month, Club members in the art program learn a different art medium and then create art pieces. The best pieces are chosen to be in the Club’s local art show and judged.

The Club has submitted artwork for more than 15 years to the regional and national competitions as part of a year-round program that promotes artistic expression among Club members ages 6-18. Youth from the Club’s 13 after-school sites and the Club facility at the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Center also compete.

Here are the winners for each age group and category:


6-9 – Crystal Castellenos

10-12 – Alberto Lugo

13-15 – Katrina Swanson

16-19 – David Swanson



6-9 – Esteban Lozano

10-12 – Jamie Lozano

13-15 – Glenda Guzman

16-18 – Breanna Alvarezmulticolored6-9



6-9 – Diego Hernandez-Trujillo

10-12 – Jesus Jaramillo

13-15 – Jesus Pena

16-18 – Lesie Galeane


Multi color:

6-9: Ashley Vitela

10-12 – Jadda Keys

16-18 – Daniel Cruz


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6-9 – Dayanara Guerrero



6-9 – Jazmin Lopez

10-12 – Brittany Zalazar

13-15 – Manuel Mugarauy

16-18 – Paloma Guzman



6-9 – Celeste Ramirez

10-12 – Lisa Manzo

13-15 – Valeria Virgen

16-18 – Jovanny Briceno


Mixed media:

6-9 – Jessica Lopez

10-12 – Jessica Vaca-Mendez

13-15 – Miguel Martinezsculpture10-12

16-19 – Breanna Alvarez



6-9 – Daisy Ramos

10-12 – Mark Sanchez

13-15 – Katrina Swanson

16-18 – Claritza Juarez


Group project:

16-18 – HHS art room

Improving attention, reading and math levels

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 24, 2014

Improving attention, reading and math levels


STAR test results show Club members are making big leaps in academics – they’re also showing improvement in the areas of behavior and attention after participating in Hardy Brain Camp, a computer-based program. BGCOP’s members have used the computer-based program since in 2009, when the Club volunteered to host the pilot program.

With the program, students train their brains to learn at a more fundamental level than most remedial and tutoring programs. The program lasts six weeks and research shows typical improvements of at least one year in reading and math.

“The Hardy Brain Camp helps students develop basic skills for succeeding in school, including paying attention, working through distractions and organizational skills,” said Sherrie Hardy, creator of the Hardy Brain Camp training program. “The absence of these essential skills can lead to low academic performance.”

The Hardy Brain Camp uses a metronome training to teach the brain to think faster and process information more easily by using millisecond timing. (Millisecond timing happens at the speed of one-thousandth of a second.) It enables us to pay attention, think quickly, make fast decisions, organize information and communicate it effectively. All of these key steps are necessary for success in school, said Sherrie.

The sessions are ongoing and will be running at a different BGCOP site each month. The next few sessions are Feb. 10 – March 7 at Rio Lindo and Tierra Vista; March 10-April 10 at Laguna Vista and 7th Street Clubhouse, 126 E. 7th Street, Oxnard; April 14-May 14 at the Juvenile Justice Center Branch and Rio Rosales; and May 19-June19 at Rio Del Norte and the Port Hueneme Branch, 590 East Pleasant Valley Rd, Port Hueneme.

Since the pilot program began, hundreds of Club kids have gone through the program. In the next few years Sherrie said she hopes to expand it to other Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.

To learn more about the Hardy Brain Camp watch this video ( You can also visit

Message from Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional officer

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 24, 2014

Message from Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional officer

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is truly proud of the results achieved in 2013. The success that has been achieved can directly be attributed to our committed board, staff, volunteers, financial supporters and partners. We are excited about 2014 and are optimistic that we will be stronger, wiser and progressive in 2014.

Our 2013 Impact:

  • 2,800 youth per day attended one of our18 local Club locations
  • We provided 60+ programs to more than 9,000 youth ages 6-18
  • Job training and employment opportunities were provided to more than 280 youth
  • More than 500,000 meals and snacks were served in 2013
  • 7,000 youth participated in our Sports, Fitness and Recreation Programs
  • We paid for 31 youth to receive vocational training

This past year as we struggled financially, we stood tall and asked our community to rally around our cause. And YOU did! Now we just need to build upon that support. We are a nonprofit 501C3 and must raise a $4.5 million budget annually. We are not part of any city, county or local governmental agency. We are a community-based organization, governed by a local volunteer board of directors.

In 2013 we developed and strengthened our partnerships with educators, business professionals, individuals, entrepreneurs, foundations and youth advocates in collaboration to serve our children. This year we will continue to develop partnerships and collaborations in the best interest of our organization and our children.

Our goal continues to be to prepare youth with a 21st century skill set that will help them achieve success in life.

Please join our efforts. I can always be reached at 805-815-4959 x203 or WE are open to your ideas, concerns, suggestions and recommendations. For it really does take an entire community to embrace and build assets in our kids!

Thanks for your belief, dedication and support for those kids that need us most.



Tim Blaylock

Chief Professional Officer

Partnership Provides Shoes that fit

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 24, 2014

Partnership Provides Shoes that fit

150 Club members will soon be wearing a brand new pair of shoes. Club staff will take 20 of its neediest children to purchase shoes this week, getting them sized for properly fitted shoes. Another 130 Club members will receive merchandise vouchers to Payless ShoeSource; 10 vouchers for each its 13 school sites. The initiative is made possible through Payless Gives™ Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource.

Payless Gives™ Shoes 4 Kids helps families who struggle to provide their children with basic essentials on a daily basis. This is the sixth year of the program. Since 2008, the program has distributed more than $1.5 million in merchandise certificates for new shoes to children throughout the U.S.

“Although studies show that properly fitting shoes are important for children’s health and development, a striking number of children don’t own a pair of shoes that fit,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of the Club. “Through this partnership, Payless and BGCOP hope to alleviate this problem in our community.”

For more information about this program, contact Erin Antrim, director of program services, at 805-483-1118 or

Club News – January Highlights

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 24, 2014

Club News – January Highlights

  • We hosted a workshop called “Forgiveness, A Community Forum” on December 13. Speaker Azim Khamisa shared his personal story of forgiveness and spoke about restorative justice.


  • Our NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) competition was held December 11. We had three winners. The first-place winner was a DJ business. The next step will be to compete in the semi-finals in Los Angeles.


  • The Youth Empowerment Program has 17 youth in vocational training and 13 youth in subsidized employment.


  • Our teens went on a college tour to Cal Poly and Santa Barbara City College.


  • Last month, Santa visited our Port Hueneme club and handed out books to all members.