Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Team captains needed for Santa to the Sea Dec. 14 race

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 23, 2014


Come run or fundraise with us! Once again, the Club is taking part in the Santa to the Sea half marathon and 5K Charity Challenge, where race participants – and their friends – can help raise money for the Club. As one of five designated charities, BGCOP plans to have several teams participating and they all need captains. We are fortunate to have Supervisor John Zaragoza, BGCOP Chief Executive Officer Erin Antrim and Rigo Vargas, Director of Public Health as our team captains. But we’d like to have more.


This year, all our teams captains are in charge of rallying his/her team to help raise money for the Club. It’s an opportunity to build Club involvement, improve health and have fun! Team captains are in charge of recruiting participants who are willing and ready to make fundraising their top priority. Team members can include family, coworkers, friends and neighbors— anyone who wants to help and participate.


“This is our fourth year in a row taking part in the Charity Challenge, and this year we’d love to bring home the trophy for Top Charity,” said Antrim, who ran last year’s race. We raised $3,200 last year and hope to double it this year.”


Funds raised in the Charity Challenge benefit Club programming and activities for the more than 9,000 Club youth the Club serves each year.


The Santa to the Sea race takes place Dec. 14 in Oxnard and offers four different types of races for people to walk or run: half marathon, two-person relay race, 5k run and a 1k fun run. The organization awards trophies to the team that raises the most money for its charity and the charity that raises the most overall money.


Help us make the Santa to the Sea a successful event and help BGCOP at the same time!


For more information on becoming a team captain, contact BGCOP’s Kelly Ventimiglia at 815-4959 x 205. For more information on the race or challenge, click Charity Challenge or paste into your browser.


Club Names New Chief Executive Officer

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 23, 2014


Erin Antrim


The Club has ended its search for a new Chief Executive Officer. The board of directors recently voted Erin Reardon Antrim as its top choice to take charge of the Club, which annually serves more than 9,000 youth. A 10-year Club employee, Antrim has served as the Club’s interim chief executive officer since June 30.

“I am very excited to become the Club’s new chief executive officer,” said Antrim. “I am fortunate to have worked at the Club for the last 10 years. I am thrilled to be working with such dedicated staff, board of directors, and community partners. I look forward to continue serving the kids who need us most in our community and to elevate the great work we have been doing over the last 12 years under Tim Blaylock’s lead.”

Antrim joined the Club in 2004 as the Youth Empowerment Program project manager implementing a WIB grant that is still thriving within the Club. In 2006, she became the Club’s director of delinquency prevention, where she assisted in opening the first Boys & Girls Club in juvenile justice center in California and lead the charge to implement re-entry programs for our most needy youth within the juvenile justice facility. She was later promoted to director of program services, overseeing the administration of club-wide programs and developing an operating system for the newly opened teen center. For the past nine years, she has planned the national Day for Kids event.

“Erin is a passionate person who is dedicated to serving children in the Oxnard community. She has proven this over the last decade she has been working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme,” said Richard Duarte, board president. “The panel of applicants was all very qualified, but Erin blew us away with her passion, knowledge and ideas for the future of the Club. We are very excited to have Erin lead the Club and look forward to working with her in her new position. She brings a continuity of exceptional leadership that will lead our Club to an even higher level of service to the youth of our community.”

A Ventura County native, Antrim has strong ties to the Oxnard community. Her father, John Reardon, was a long-time football coach at Rio Mesa High School and her mom was Miss Oxnard. She has a master’s degree in education and a pupil personal services credential from California Lutheran University and bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from San Diego State University. Erin and her husband Mike have two lovely children.

Corporate Champion Spotlight: First inaugural Youth of the Year scholarship Awarded

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 23, 2014

Corporate Champion Spotlight: First inaugural Youth of the Year scholarship Awarded

The Gene Haas Foundation recently awarded the Club a $210,000 grant, which includes $10,000 for the inaugural Youth of the Year scholarship, given to Anna Heath, the Club’s 2014 Youth of the Year. The scholarship will be awarded annually to the BGCOP Youth of the Year. Heath, 18, is an 11-year member of BGCOP and a recent graduate of Pacifica High School in Oxnard. The scholarship will be managed and appropriated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme to Heath for tuition, books, room and board and other school-related expenses.
“Anna is an amazing young woman who really pushed herself to succeed,” said Kathy Looman, spokeswoman for the Gene Haas Foundation. “The Foundation looks to reward youth, like Anna, who have the potential, but not always to means, to achieve great things in life. We are also proud to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme in its efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math to the youth of our community.”
$150,000 of the grant money will be used by the Club to expand programs in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM subjects. This will allow BGCOP to offer more field trips and update technology and engineering programs.
The remaining $50,000 was given to the Club for capital improvement.
“The Gene Haas Foundation has been a strong community partner for many years, and has supported the Club in its efforts in countless ways, contributing to both our programs and capital needs,” said Kelly Ventimiglia, Director of Major Gifts and Annual Giving.
Founded by Haas in 1999, the Gene Haas Foundation has awarded more than 22 million dollars to deserving charities and educational institutions. The Foundation was formed to fund the needs of the local community and to support manufacturing education. It provides scholarship funds to community colleges and vocational schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs as well as supports youth programs that inspire young people to consider manufacturing careers.

Fantastic turnout!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 23, 2014

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Thank you to everyone who came out last Saturday, Sept. 20th for our 9th Annual Day for Kids event held at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse.
We had more than 2,500 people attend the day-long festivities. The Club had games, prizes, face painting, jolly jumpers, a rock wall, a petting zoo, Gamez on Wheelz and pony rides, along with great food and more for everyone to enjoy. Plus, this year, the Stars of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood performed live showcasing their top talent. The Club also gave away several free memberships.
“It’s so important to spend time with our kids. Children thrive when they have a caring adult in their lives, said Erin Antrim, BGCOP Chief Executive Officer. “With this annual event we hope to encourage adults and youth to spend more time together and build a connection that will last a lifetime.”
Day for Kids was created by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2005 to strengthen relationships between positive adults and kids by educating them on the importance of spending meaningful time together. It also 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.
This event would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of Kaiser Permanente, Cole and Clark, Oxnard Children’s dental group and Wells Fargo.

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Spotlight: LaCresha McManus

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 23, 2014

Boys_Girls_JC_Anna-129_LaCreshaA passionate, hard-working motivator who loves to laugh and enjoy life—that’s LaCresha McManus in a nutshell. For the past five years, she has spent her days inspiring and mentoring the Club’s teens as is the BGCOP Entrepreneurship and Leadership Coordinator and Keystone Club Advisor. This year, she received the Club’s C.E.C.I.L. award for leadership.
LaCresha guides teens (ages 13-18) in areas such as academic success, career preparation, community service and teen outreach. She works with high school seniors in the NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) Program, where teens are instructed to create their own business over an eight-week course and then compete in-house against their classmates.

Once a member of the Port Hueneme Club, LaCresha says being a mentor to our teens is the most important part of her job. “I try and embody the Boys & Girls Clubs’ values into everything that I do regularly. In return, I see my progress in the success of our programs here at the BGCOP.”

Always busy, LaCresha works one-on-one, in small groups or even in large groups with teens to make sure they are engaged and that she and her team are making a positive impact in the lives of our youth. She spends of lot of time encouraging teens to go to college.
“To see Club members go on to accomplish great things, despite the challenges I see them face regularly, is a satisfaction unlike any other,” says LaCresha.
“I can’t help but cry tears of joy in those moments, because I think of all the trials and tribulations the youth have overcome, the long nights I’ve probably chosen to stay at the Club so that they could finish a project with my help and even the tough conversations that I might have had to have in order for them to make a change for themselves. Those accomplishments can never be paid off in monetary form; in fact, those moments remind me of why I chose to work here at the Boys & Girls Club.”

Meet our Members Maribel Tejeda, age 8

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 23, 2014

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Maribel is may seem shy on the outside, but inside she’s a budding pop star. Watching superstar Michael Jackson inspired her with his music, songs and dancing. For the past three years, she has practiced piano at the Club with Osvaldo Godina, the Music Director’s help. She likes to practice songs until she can perform them perfectly, and she likes to sing. When she’s not in the Music Room, you can find Maribel in the Art Room, Technology Room or outside playing sports, like softball, soccer and kickball. She’s also been involved with cheerleading for two years.

When I grow up, I want to be a singer and a dancer.

A Message from our CEO, Erin Antrim

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 23, 2014

Hello BGCOP supporters,
I am thrilled to be writing this message as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. We have so much to be proud of over our 60 year history and so much work left to do! Youth today are positioned for the first time in history to be worse off than their parents. America’s kids are in crisis. Consider these alarming facts about the state of our country: the U.S. ranks 22nd in high school completion among 28 countries; three out of 10 kids are obese or overweight; and one in five youth lives in poverty. The consequences of these staggering statistics are felt not just by our next generation, but also across our nation.

The issues facing kids today also impact our nation’s economy, costing as much as $209 billion in lost taxes and higher government expenditures over the lifetimes of those who fail to graduate. Nationally, healthcare costs to treat health issues related to childhood obesity are $14.1 billion annually. Additionally, states spend an average of $7.1 million a day locking youth up in juvenile justice facilities.

How do we reverse the most negative trends facing young people today? One way is by recognizing the importance of out-of-school time. The out-of-school environment—after school and summer—plays an essential, yet often overlooked, role in transforming kids’ lives and America’s future.

What happens during the hours between school and home can have a dramatic impact on a child’s future, especially in the areas of education, health and character development. By providing access to positive, productive programs and caring adult mentors after school and during summer, we can help change the future for our youth, our community and our country.

o For example, 96% of our youth graduate from high school. One of our unique programs we offer is our youth empowerment program. In this program 92% of our youth get jobs or enter post-secondary education or both.
o We engage youth in taking action in their community and world, promote resilience, build character strength, and develop the next generation of America’s leaders. Our teens participate in at least two community service activities a month, engaging in service learning is essential to the growth and development of our youth!
o We motivate kids to be healthy through nutrition and health education, more access to healthy foods, avoidance of risky behaviors and a lifelong commitment to fitness. Our kids engage in much more physical activity than a typical young person that would go home after school. We have many programs that teach our kids about healthy living and healthy eating.

This is compared to some startling statistics in our community: In our community 73% of kids graduate high school, there is a 14% teen pregnancy rate in Oxnard and 58% of kids in the 5th grade in this community are overweight or obese.

Here at BGCOP, we are taking a stand as a leader in afterschool programs and working hard to reverse some of the negative trends facing our youth. We have been doing this great work for decades, we need the community’s support to continue to deepen the impact we have in our members lives and to reach even more young people!

With Passion for kids,

Erin Reardon Antrim

Great Futures are supported by afterschool guidance

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 23, 2014

What are the kids in your neighborhood doing afterschool? The way children spend their time after school can significantly impact the paths they take. In a nationwide movement, the Club has launched its Great Futures Campaign to mobilize the community in support of kids and empower today’s youth to achieve great futures.
Every day, 15 million kids nationwide (1 out of 4) leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe.
“When school is out, no child should be unsafe or unguided,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP chief executive officer. “Through the Campaign, we are advocating on behalf of kids and convening public, private and nonprofit partners around our goal of ensuring all kids have access to a safe, engaging and productive place to go between school and home. We want today’s generation to be successful in school and in adulthood, to be healthy and active, and to develop strong character skills they need to become future leaders for our country.”

Among our members, BGCOP has a 96 percent graduation rate, a 0 percent teen pregnancy rate— compared to 14 percent in the city—and crime rate of 4 percent, compared to 11 percent in the Oxnard. For every dollar invested in BGCOP, there is a $17 return on investment.

Boys & Girls Clubs reach kids most in need with outcome-driven programs designed to increase their performance in the areas of education, health and character development. Research shows that when kids attend the Club more frequently, the impact grows, so Clubs create a fun and engaging environment that keeps kids coming back.

Goals for the Campaign include:
• Increase membership and access to Clubs for kids who need a safe place to go after school
• Ensure successful transitions to middle and high school, and foster college- or career-readiness with 21st century skills
• Motivate kids to be healthy through nutrition and health education, more access to healthy foods, avoidance of risky behaviors and a lifelong commitment to fitness
• Engage youth in taking action in their community and the world, promote resilience, build character strength, and develop the next generation of America’s leaders

For more information about the Great Futures Campaign, visit

Forks at the Ready!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 23, 2014

Olive Garden made a special meal delivery to our Club kids at Rio del Valle Middle School Boys & Girls Club Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. The Oxnard Olive Garden delivered pasta, salad and breadsticks to serve 70 kids at the Club as part of a national partnership between Olive Garden and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

In addition to the special meal, our local Olive Garden is inviting guests to round up their checks to the nearest dollar and make a donation to support Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the seven-week Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion (Sept 22-Nov 9).

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme joins more than 700 Clubs nationwide in a partnership with local Olive Garden restaurants. This partnership is part of Olive Garden’s ongoing commitment to serve its local communities and to support BGCA’s mission of enabling all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Our Summer: Cowboy Up!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 23, 2014

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For the past three years, my Keystone Club has had the privilege of partnering with the Dallas Cowboys at their annual training camp, held right here in OUR hometown of Oxnard, California. It has been the experience of a lifetime to get hands-on career experience, have a professional team practice in OUR city and meet die-hard Cowboy fans from all over the world.

You might think we love partnering with the Cowboys because they are America’s Team, but what really brings us back is that the Cowboys organization treats us like we are a part of their family.
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