Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

VCSTAR: “Sherry Leal Awarded Full-tuition Scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America and University of Phoenix”

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 29, 2014

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in collaboration with partners like University of Phoenix, continues its dedication to academic success and providing college readiness programs for America’s youth that will prepare them for great futures. Many adults still require additional education opportunities to pursue their career goals, and Boys & Girls Clubs alumni, parents and staff like Sherry Leal are getting that chance. Leal works at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

Leal, of Oxnard, is one of 30 recipients nationwide to receive a full-tuition scholarship from BGCA and University of Phoenix to complete an undergraduate or master’s degree. Selected from more than 160 Boys & Girls Clubs staff, parents and alumni applicants, Leal is now one of the 80 BGCA-affiliated recipients who have received scholarships to University of Phoenix over the past two years.

“We are pleased to have this wonderful opportunity to reward our alumni, parents and staff for their dedication to helping our young people achieve their educational goals,” said Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer, BGCOP. “Through our relationship with University of Phoenix, people like Sherry now have the chance to pursue their career goals and continue to be strong role models for our youth.”

I was born and raised in Ventura County, where I still reside. I attended California Lutheran University and earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.A. in Spanish. After graduating I was hired by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme where I enjoy working with the communities most needy youth inside the juvenile justice complex.

I am grateful for the scholarship opportunity to further my education provided by the University of Phoenix and their partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

“University of Phoenix is dedicated to providing educational tools and opportunities for the Oxnard community,” said Jody Skenderian, Director of Community relations. “We are proud to provide Sherry Leal with the ability to pursue her degree and take that knowledge back into our community through her work with the Boys & Girls Club.”

In addition to the scholarship program with University of Phoenix, BGCA partners with University of Phoenix Foundation to provide BE GREAT: Graduate, a dropout prevention program that uses early warning signs to identify youth at risk for dropping out, and increases their engagement at Clubs. Now in its third year, the partnership focuses on helping young people at 10 Boys & Girls Clubs around the nation develop the academic, behavioral and social skills needed to be successful.

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Dance Force 2014

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 27, 2014

Dance Force 2014

Eight of our After School Sites at the Rio School District participated in the High Desert Dance Contest 2014, on March 15 and 16 in Lancaster. We are proud to say that hard- and smart-work pays off! Many of our students made it to the semi-finals and finals in the contest.



We are so proud of our little dancers! We first piloted this dancing program in 2012 with 5th grade students from two of our elementary schools, Rio Plaza and Rio Real. The program was so well-liked, we implemented it at our eight After School Programs in the Rio School District. Students from each site went to their first contest in 2013.

Being new to ballroom dancing and new to training our staff to coach our students, for this year’s contest we decided to build more collaboration with USA Dance High Desert Chapter, and we had a few more professionals, like Daniel Herzog, visit most of our sites and provide extra support for our students and staff.

Smart work pays off! Many of our students made it to the Semi Finals and to Finals in the contest. Here is a glimpse of all the success stories from Dance Force 2014 (with the help of Luz Martinez, BGCOP school based programs specialist):


Here is one of the best pictures that we have from Saturday’s competition for Dance Force. I am very proud to say that this couple did an awesome job! They won first place for merengue and foxtrot. They gave it their all when they were practicing at school and even would practice at home with their parents.

–Nataly Zamudio, Site Coordinator at Rio Plaza

First place in merengue: Rio Plaza students Miriam Reza and Jefferson Nava. Second place in merengue: Rio Del Mar students Sofia Avila and Ulises Gavia.



Dance Force is unique program for that teaches kids how to ballroom dance with the comfort of the staff at the Boys & Girls club. Each couple had to learn three dances (foxtrot, merengue and East Coast swing). On the first day, these kids didn’t know how to dance at all. Then after a few months of practice they became great dancers. –Daniel Diaz, Program Aide and Dance Force Instructor


Rio Rosales students: Matthew Zambrano, Peter Tran, Jose Ocampo, Christopher Martinez, Manual Guerrero, Eric Bustamante, Miguel Cervantes, Taylon Madison, Juan Mendoza, Gracie Alcaron, Elyssa Martinez, Jada Keys, Janessa Martinez, Heidi Salazar, Rosa Alvarez and Yoselynn Mendieta







Students dancing the salsa.                                                                         Students dancing the East Coast swing.





The Rio Del Mar Dance Force team did very well at the competition. All four of the students (Izaak Camarillo, Mariah Gruber, Ulises Gavia, and Sofia Avila) advanced in each song to the semi-finals. Two of the students, Sofia Avila and Ulises Gavia, went on to the finals and won second place in the merengue. The students were very excited and had a wonderful time.

–Anthony Oliveras, Site Coordinator

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Rio Del Mar students Sofia Avila and Ulises Gavia, went on to the finals and won second place in the merengue.



Our students did great this year. This year we had students actually make it into the quarter finals and semi-finals. Our kids did great a great job overall.

–Leonor Pazos, Site Coordinator at Rio Lindo


Students dancing the foxtrot.


Students about to do the promenade in foxtrot.



Dance Force kids were so excited for the competition! The competition started out with the merengue. Brady Wilkinson led his partner Virginia Martinez, and Andy Flores leading his partner Aiyanna Contreras.

The next dance was the East Coast swing. Angel Altamirano led his partner Aiyanna Contreras, along with Angel Mora leading his partner Fatima Loza.

Angel and Fatima made it to the semi-finals for the foxtrot. Foxtrot was next lead by Brady Wilkinson and Fatima Loza.

Tango competitors were Angel Mora and partner Virgina Martinez.

The last dance of the day was the rumba. Spicing it up on the dance floor were Andy Flores and his partner Aiyanna Contreras, along with Angel Altamirano and partner Virginia Martinez. After the individual dances the kids had fun dancing on the floor with family and friends. Congrats to all the competitors!

Wendy Clyde, Site Coordinator at Rio Vista
















Underwater robotics program promotes deep learning

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 27, 2014

Underwater robotics program promotes deep learning


Club members are building underwater robots in an amazing partnership program called SeaPerch with the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division.


Beginning in May, Club members, ages 10-12, meet twice a week, for six weeks and work in small groups with SeaPerch instructors (comprised of engineers and logisticians from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division) to build underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles. The instruction follows a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. Throughout the hands-on project, students learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.

Offered at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse, the program aims to stimulate students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math. By working with the engineers and other technical personnel, the students are also getting introduced to science and technical career options.

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Summer Camps

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 27, 2014

Summer Camps


The Club is offering a wide variety of children’s programs this summer, giving kids the chance to do something fun and learn at the same time. The summer program runs June 23 – Aug. 22, and has spots open for youth ages 6-12.


Camps include day camps with activities focusing on athletics, music, arts, technology and games. Sports Camps for Champs, including basketball, soccer, and flag football will be offered various weeks and Peace thru Music Camps will be offered five different weeks.


There are also several opportunities for youth ages 13 -18 in the Club’s teen centers. Camps will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of participation is $90-$95 a week for day camps. Early drop off (7 a.m.) and late pick up (6 p.m.) is included with general membership. BGCOP will scholarship any child who is unable to pay for the camps.


For more information on BGCOP’s summer camps or to sign your child up, call (805) 815-4999 x 210, or visit


Summer Camps


Moovin’ and Groovin’ Week

Campers, come get your groove on. We will learn all different types of movement activities to keep us healthy and strong. We will participate in stomp, play in a drum circle, have a fun-filled hoedown and much more. Campers will also learn about healthy eating and the importance of staying active.

Monday-Friday, June 23-27


Treasure Hunters

Ahoy matey! This week we are going treasure hunting. There is treasure in these parts and it’s up to you to find it! Whether you are seeking gold or gems or hidden collections, looking for treasure is just as much fun as finding it. There are many ways to find treasure. You can dig in our mines for rare gems and metals. You can find hidden exploration tokens all throughout the land. We will Geo Cache for fun treasures on a field trip. Whatever you seek, this is the week to do it. You’ll find the treasure you seek!

Monday-Friday, June 30-July 3

Closed July 4th


Survivor Week

Who will be the team left standing after a week of challenges? Campers will team up for a week of challenges, adventures and working together. Campers will spend the week in teams participating in survivor-like challenges that test their ability to work together and think on their feet. Challenges may include an obstacle course, sack races and a ropes course. Campers may be divided into groups by age. This will conclude with a giant outdoor BBQ and water fun!

Monday-Friday, July 7-11


Under the Big Top

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages! Step right up to the big top where we will clown around and learn the tricks of the ringmaster and his crew of clowns, comedians, animals, acrobats and more. Campers will go on a field trip and we will have an exciting, magical carnival for all ages.

Monday-Friday, July 14-18


Paradise under the Sea

Just how big are our oceans? What lives in them? Come to this enchanting discovery camp to learn all about ocean life. Our planet’s oceans are truly amazing. We will visit the sea center and the beach on a field trip.

Monday-Friday, July 21-25


Artist Antics

My masterpiece art is perfect for your budding Picasso. Each day focuses on a new mixed media, such as sculpture, collage, or painting. Members will be introduced to an artist and learn mini lessons to design their own cartoon or comic strip superheroes characters. Field trip to art museum included.

Monday-Friday, July 28-August 1


Game Show Mania

Let’s Make a Deal, Family Feud, Nickelodeon’s Double Dare, Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader and Minute to Win It! This is a week filled with game show challenges. Members will be divided into teams and will represent their favorite TV game shows.

Monday-Friday, August 4-8


Space is the Place

Want a camp experience that will rocket your world? Rocket into the solar system in the adventurous camp! Campers will learn about our awesome solar system through hands-on activities. Campers learn how stars twinkle, and make and eat moon rocks in the exploratory camp. We will also blast off to a field trip to a museum.

Monday-Friday, August 11-15


Wet and Wild Days

Is there anything better than a water slide on a hot day? Members will participate in some really fun action-packed water games designed to soak everyone. Members will take the cool water obstacle course, play the water balloon target game, and hit the water balloon piñata. At the end of the week we will have a Wet and Wild end-of-summer water slide celebration.

Monday-Friday, August 18-22


Sports Camps for Champs! Grades 3–8

Sports Camps for Champs are co-ed sports camps that focus on teaching good sportsmanship and teamwork within a fun and noncompetitive environment. Our sports camps emphasize the fundamentals and the basic skills necessary to play the game. Please register early, because camps will fill up and t-shirts are only guaranteed for those who register before the deadline. Pick up a brochure at the front desk for more information about the camps and the package deals available! Early drop-off and late pick-up are available.



Registration began April 14.

Camps: Monday—Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Martin V. Smith Clubhouse


Basketball:        June 23 – 27

Basketball:        June 30-July 3

Soccer:             July 7 – 11

All Sports:        July 14 – 18

Track:               July 21 – 25

Basketball:        July 28 – Aug. 1

Flag Football:   Aug. 4 – 8

Soccer:             Aug. 11 – 15

All Sports:        Aug. 18 – 22


Booming with excitement: 18 BGCOP teens attend National Keystone Conference

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 27, 2014

Booming with excitement: 18 BGCOP teens attend National Keystone Conference

2014 keystone conference

“The 2014 National Keystone Conference is booming with exciting things from the time you walk in to the time you leave,” writes Claire B. on her article on the Club’s recent trip to the Conference in Anaheim. Nearly 20 BGCOP teens and three advisors joined 1,500+ club teens from across the nation at the April 10-13 conference. Read more from Claire’s Keystone ’14: Day One article (


The Conference celebrated Keystone’s 50th birthday. BGCOP was nominated for Keystone of the Year and voted 1 of 6 best clubs in the country. Club member, Amber H. was 1 of 9 teens chosen across-the-board to serve on the 2014 National Steering Committee. This committee of teens plans out the entire conference with the help of advisors and BGCA staff. Various teens and clubs received achievement awards at the Awards Ceremony, which Claire writes about in her Keystone ’14: Friday Awards Ceremony article (


During this amazing weekend, the teens worked together to discuss solutions and develop action plans for addressing the most pressing issues facing youth in their local Clubs and communities.


“The best part of this conference was being able to watch our kids mature over the weekend and seize the opportunities given to them,” said LaCresha McManus, BGCOP Keystone advisor.


See photos of the conference (


May/June Club Highlights

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 27, 2014

May/June Club Highlights

– The Teen Center will host a viewing party of the World Cup game where two of our members will be flag bearers, June 26 at 9 a.m. This is sponsored by Coca-cola.

– Hardy Brain Training has expanded to include Word Quest. At Rio Plaza pre- and post-tests are showing one year two months growth in 20 sessions in reading.

– Our youth involved with the art program at the teen center submitted pieces to various art contests: 2 members submitted their art to the Julia Brownley contest; 4 to the Ventura County Juried Youth Art Exhibit, sponsored by Crowell Weedon; and 5 to Oxnard College’s Earth Day Exhibit. Many of these youth are part of our Evening Reporting Center program.

– We had 24 successful graduations from our Evening Reporting Center program.

– Out YEP success ceremony was held May 8 and over 100 kids graduated from the program.

– We had 22 members participate in our sailing program with the Fairwinds Yacht Club over spring break; we are scheduled to begin summer sessions in June.

– Pacific Corinthian has given us 30 scholarships for summer sailing camps; channel Islands women’s association gave us one.

– KNS rockstars performed April 25 in a “Stop the Bullying” tour at our Teen Center.

– Members at MVS are taking place in a good grief club and etiquette class.

Calling all Alumni

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 27, 2014

Calling all Alumni

Remember the great times you had at the Club when you were young? Our Clubs may have changed over the years, but the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is still a place where great futures begin. We’re putting together an alumni roster and want to hear from you, to hear about your life since being at the Club.

It’s important to stay connected so we can continue making a positive impact on our community and the next generation and so that we can celebrate your successes together.

We want you to share your Club memories with us of “back in the day” and share the joy in getting an education, raising a family, serving your country, pursuing a career or supporting your community. We are so proud of all of our alumni who demonstrate our impact every day.

Join former BGCOP members like Katie Deutschman, who now has a successful grant-writing company called Turtle Type, or Keary Colbert, former professional football player and current college football coach.

We’d love to stay in touch and keep you up-to-date on our latest activities. There are also many ways for you to get involved and give back to the Club. To stay connected, be sure to fill out the alumni sign in form.

If you know of other alumni who would also like to reconnect, please spread the word and pass along a link to this page or forward this e-newsletter article!

Spring Raffle

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 27, 2014

spring raffle

Have you bought your raffle ticket yet? First-prize winners get to choose their vacation destination: Hawaii, Costa Rica or Disneyworld. And second-prize winners (two will be drawn) will each win roundtrip airfare tickets for two to anywhere in the continental United States.


Raffle tickets are $20 each, and only 2,000 will be sold. Tickets can be purchased at BGCOP, 1900 W. Fifth Street, Oxnard, or by calling 805-815-4959.

The drawing will be held Monday, June 30, 2014 at BGCOP, 1900 W. Fifth Street in Oxnard.

Please visit our website for more information:

Click here to see the flyer and a description of all the prize options!


Tim Blaylock’s Final Message

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 27, 2014



Thank you for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to serve the children of Oxnard and Port Hueneme! It has truly been the most challenging and exciting times of my life — full of love, great relationships and great success for those kids that needed us most. The last 12 years have been the most wonderful and memorable years of my life, driven not by a job, but a passion for the mission, the cause and the children.

The Kids!

They are what I will miss the most! The stories of resilience, determination, perseverance, smiles, hope, love and overcoming some of the most challenging times that no child should ever have to face. So many children have endured and reached success for the first time because of the Club and our volunteers and their selfless work. This is why we do this work–a better world for those less fortunate.

BGCOP Staff team and Board Volunteers!

This is the second thing I will miss the most. Our Club is blessed with outstanding, caring, giving and loving board members and staff. We have extraordinarily wonderful people who work on behalf of our children and for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. I have never worked with a more dedicated, smart, and caring group.


There is something very special about taking a little Club like ours and building it into a significant and successful organization. Owning it and molding it and then building on it again and again. We are respected locally, regionally and nationally as a high achieving BGC. Together, WE have built a wonderful Boys & Girls Club that we all can be proud of and others only wish they could replicate. The real winners are the children here today and in future generations to come because of your tenacity and drive to be one of the best BGC anywhere. I commend you on believing in this cause and in this organization. For over 60 years it is people like you who have helped make this place GREAT! And the foundation is set for the next 60 years. Please continue on…Generations are counting on you!

Our Great Partnerships, donors and relationships

One thing I have learned over the years is that nothing can be accomplished without support from others. We have been blessed with partners, donors and volunteers who wanted to support our efforts to help children and youth. There are over 50 partnerships like Ventura County Probation, local school districts, many private community based organizations, and government agencies, as well as hundreds of individuals, and business donors and volunteers that have made our success possible. There are so many to thank and there is no way to do it in this letter. I’m grateful to you and all. I want to thank all the Board Presidents/CVO’s that I have had the honor to work with over the years. You all are great leaders and I have learned from each of you. It indeed takes a village to support our youth.

Hardest Decision of my life!

So, I sadly and respectfully resign my position as Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme on June 30th, 2014. I thank God for this opportunity. The Club community is my family and I will miss the daily interactions but know that we will continue on as friends.

But I’m not going away

In my new position as the Director of Major Metro Clubs – Pacific Region I will still be working on behalf of children in the nine pacific states, nationally and perhaps a little internationally. And I will be still living in Oxnard. The new position is a telecommuting one.

It’s has been a great run. Thanks for the honor to serve.



Tim Blaylock