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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