Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Jaime Zendejas, Director of Operations

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on November 12, 2014

Jaime Zendejas

Jamie Zendejas planned to become a police officer after serving XX years in the US Coast Guard, but a job at the City of Ventura, opening a new recreation center in Cabrillo Village, Saticoy, uncovered a passion for working with at-risk youth.

Then in 1992, he joined the Boys & Girls Club of Oxnard, focusing on social recreation for local youth. Over the years, he has taken on more and more responsibility, becoming director of operations in 1999. He still strives to make every day spent at the Club rewarding and memorable for every child who enters the doors.

 

“I want the Club to be remembered for having a staff that has made a difference in a child’s life, which I know I have been a part of. But I also personally want to be able to make a difference in the lives of our young staff, which I think I am accomplishing,” says Jaime.

While Jaime is responsible for the Club’s administrative side—including payroll, transportation, safety and volunteer services—it’s not surprising that with his sense of humor and ability to relate well to everyone at the Club that his main area of expertise is staff relations.

He is proud that over the years, he has hired and retained some of the best staff the BGCA can offer. “Training is also a passion of mine,” added Jaime. “When I first started working for the Club, I started as a game room supervisor, and then I worked as an athletic director, a program director, and unit director. …. So I am able to relate to many of the staff’s challenges and can give them input on programs and child development.”

Jaime spends a lot of time working with Club staff and enjoys sharing his experiences and helping staff implement programs.

“The best part of my job is working with our staff and assisting them in becoming positive mentors to our Club members,” said Jaime. “Seeing the outcomes of the members we work with is a huge motivation for me. Our mission states: ‘To reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens’ – and it’s amazing to see our youth reach these goals.”

Over the years, Jaime has accomplished a great deal for the Club and its members. He assisted in the merger of the Port Hueneme Club and the Oxnard Club; helped plan and design the Martin V. Smith Youth Center, including staffing and opening; helped with the temporary shutdown and reopening of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Center; as well as the hiring of all staff for the Club’s afterschool programs.

Most recently, Jaime was involved with hiring new staff and preparing the building for the new Teen Center. He is proud to have a stand-alone teen center with teen-friendly programs. “Any Club that is able to recruit and keep teens out of the streets and in a positive environment is a plus,” said Jaime. “But when you are able to have a stand-alone teen center, where teens are the focus of the day, it gives BGCOP the opportunity to offer quality programs.”

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