Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

BGCOP Art Show held at Carnegie Art Museum

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 22, 2015

BGCOP Art Show held at Carnegie Art Museum


Please join us tonight, Jan. 22, as we honor more than 60 of our most artistic members at the Annual National Fine Arts Exhibit Gala. A reception and award ceremony will be held from 4–7 p.m. at the Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard. All artwork will be on display Jan. 22 – 26.

“We are excited about our new partnership with the Carnegie Art Museum. Our members will be displaying their artwork in a professional setting. It is an amazing experience. We hope everyone has a chance to stop in and see what our very talented members have created,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP Chief Executive Officer.

BGCOP is one of thousands of Clubs across the country joining in a search to identify talented young artists. The competition is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Fine Arts Exhibit, a comprehensive initiative promoting young people’s creativity, and encouraging artistic skills and cultural enrichment.

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. This year, the Club had nearly 500 youth participate in the National Fine Arts program. Members work on art projects throughout the year that can be used in the art show. 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.

As a participant in the National Fine Arts Exhibit program, the BGCOP will submit members’ artwork in four age divisions and 10 categories, including watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic and collage. Selected artwork will be screened at the regional level and a limited number will be sent to BGCA’s Atlanta headquarters for judging at the national level.

Thirty-seven national winners will be named, with their artwork displayed at special events throughout the year. Winning artists will also receive engraved plaques and letters of congratulations from BGCA President and CEO Jim Clark. Regional finalists will receive a certificate of participation.


Staff Highlight: Monique Garcia

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 21, 2015

Monique Garcia_Nyeland Site Coordinator

As site coordinator for BGCOP’s Nyeland Acres Community Center, Monique Garcia is proud to making a difference in the Nyeland community. “The best part of my job is being able to provide services to students who deserve them the most,” she said.

Club Nyeland is the only place for these students to come to, added Monique. There is no other location in the community for children to attend.

Monique grew up in Nyeland Acres and has been with BGCOP for four and a half years, so she knows how important the center is to these kids. She wishes there had been something like this when she was growing up. “We provide a safe positive place for kids,” says Monique.

“Many of our students come from broken homes, poverty-stricken homes that lack parental figures and parental interaction,” said Monique. “Being available for these students for questions, answers, a laugh, a board game and even a game of basketball or Frisbee, brings a smile and a sense of self-worth to our students. When I see our students smiling, I’m reminded daily of the reason and purpose for this club being in Nyeland Acres.”

Monique previously was the program lead, sports coordinator and choir instructor at Mar Vista Boys & Girls Club. As site coordinator of Club Nyeland, she is always busy and works hard to interact with all the students, her staff and people out in the community. She prepares lessons according to the monthly theme and works closely with community partners who support the program in many ways.

“Structure is a big part of my site,” said Monique. “I communicate the same way to all of the members at the club, staff, and most importantly parent interaction and involvement. I set high goals for our students, with teaching them to not be a product of their environment, but to break the cycle of high school drop outs, slacking on grades and having low hopes. My goal when I come to work every day is to teach my staff what I know and learn from them as well. Teamwork is important; we learn together, work together and succeed together.”

Club Nyeland offers STEM programming, which has opened a new horizon for everyone who attends. The monthly themes correlate with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Students have the opportunity to use a laptop to research and report during their programs. The laptops are also used for Club groups, including Torch club, Smart Girls, Street Smart, Triple Play, Healthy Habits and, most importantly, Power Hour homework time. Club high school students also use the computers for goal planning, and researching colleges and career opportunities.

“I cherish every opportunity I have to give back to my community,” said Monique, who is now a member of the County of Ventura Behavioral and Mental Health Advisory Board. “I was taught a very important quote that I teach these students who are the next generation, ‘You can never live life with two catchers mitts; you always have to have one hand free to give back’.”

This is something she integrates into many of her lessons. “Our students learn the many ways to give back to those who are able to help them. They are taught humbleness and respect, the lifelong skills that they will carry on and benefit their futures.”


Meet our Members

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 21, 2015

cjCJ Juarez, age 18


CJ came to the Club because she had to, not because she wanted to. Her goal was to get by with minimum participation and leave after two weeks. That was two years ago. Teen Center Director Cody Bowen changed her mind by showing her the possibilities and opportunities that were at the Club. CJ didn’t know what college was, but quickly learned through the College Bound and Keystone programs that she could achieve more than a high school diploma. She did her homework at the Club, played sports and created art. (Her 3-D lion has been named one of the top Boys & Girls Clubs fine art pieces in the nation.) This poised young woman with bright smile is now a student at Oxnard College.

“When I grow up, I want to be a high school English teacher,” says CJ.


Thank you for your continued support!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 21, 2015


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The Club would like to extend a huge thank you to our Santa to the Sea Charity Challenge team captains: Supervisor John Zaragoza, Steve Kinney, who recently retired from EDCO; Rigo Vargas, Director of Ventura County Health Department, Vanessa Hale, Rachelle Dean, Mayra Rincon and Edith Medrano. These devoted volunteers worked for months to help raise funds for our Club as part of the Charity Challenge component of the race. BGCOP was one of five designated charities chosen to participate in the Challenge.


A big thank you is also due to Mike Barber. He is the visionary behind the Santa to the Sea race who has worked tirelessly to make it a well-organized and fun event that brings community pride and gives back through the Charity Challenge, donates toys given to needy children in Oxnard, and $500 scholarships to local high school students and adults, in partnership with the Oxnard College Foundation.


While we don’t yet know if BGCOP won the Charity Challenge by raising the most money of all the nonprofits that participated, last year we raised $3,200. We know that this year so far we have raised even more to benefit the over 9,000 youth we serve at the Club.


Club members receive new bikes, Club receives donation

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 21, 2015

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(Harald Mann (right), senior vice president of sales and marketing for Robert Mann Packaging, presented a $500 check to Kelly Ventimiglia (left), BGCOP director of major gifts and annual giving.)

Ten boys and girls from BGCOP received new bikes, helmets and locks. Left to right: Samuel Juarez-Galvez, Mirella Toledano, Osvaldo Mendoza, Sofia Martinez, Eduardo Gonzales, Gabriela Diego, Samuel Martinez, Natalia Pinzon, Roberto Ramirez and Sandra Torralba. Back row, left to right: Harald Mann, Nataly Zamudio, Luz Boys, Max Pineda, and Kelly Ventimiglia. (Photo Credit: Tim Pompey)

Ten children from Rio Real and Rio Plaza elementary schools received a surprise Dec. 19, when Robert Mann Packaging Inc. staff presented them with new bikes, helmets and bike locks. The children thought they were going on a field trip to see how boxes were made; instead, they were surprised with a special luncheon held in their honor. Each bike was delivered by Santa Claus and came with a personalized license plate.

“This was a wonderful surprise for our Club members,” said Kelly Ventimiglia, director of major gifts and annual giving. “Most of these kids have never owned a bike before. To be nine and getting training wheels on a bike really speaks volumes to the need. We truly appreciate the generosity of Robert Mann Packaging.”

In a joint sponsorship with Limoneira in Santa Paula, Robert Mann Packaging raised funds for the bike equipment through a raffle, donations from various vendors they partner with and donations from employees, customers and friends. Together, they raised $3,000 for bicycles and equipment, Robert Mann Packaging made a separate $500 donation to the Club.

Nearly 65 Robert Mann Packaging employees attended the special luncheon and bike presentation.

The children who received the bikes are part of the afterschool programs at Rio Plaza and Rio Real. They were selected based on good behavior, being former student of the month recipients and meeting the 15 hours-a-week attendance requirement.

The list of kids receiving bikes, helmets, and locks included the following: From Rio Real Elementary School: Samuel Martinez, Gabriela Diego, Sandra Torralba, Natalia Pinzon and Roberto Ramirez. From Rio Plaza Elementary School: Samuel Juarez-Galbez, Osvaldo Mendoza, Eduardo Gonzales, Sofia Martinez and Mirella Toledano.

New members join Club’s board of directors

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 21, 2015


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Our board has two new members. Join us in welcoming Frank Wasson, vice president and chief operating officer at CBC Federal Credit Union and Oxnard City Fire Chief James Williams.


“Frank and James have proven they are dedicated leaders and are committed to helping advance our community by helping our youth,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP chief executive officer. “They both bring a wealth of knowledge with them and we are honored to have them join our board of directors.”


Wasson serves as the vice president and chief operating officer at CBC Federal Credit Union. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in financial services, resorts entertainment and retail merchandise. At CBC Federal Credit Union he provides strategic leadership to CBC’s Technology group. Wasson holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Central Florida.


Williams is currently the Fire Chief of the City of Oxnard Fire Department where he is responsible for the leadership, effectiveness and efficiency of the organization. He has spent more than 25 years in the fire service, begin involved in the implementation of major fire service programs and has commanded large-scale emergency incidents. He has also served on the Red Cross Presidents’ Council and Ventura County Fire Chiefs Associated Executive Board.

Corporate Champion Spotlight: Diversified Minerals Inc.

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 21, 2015

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Diversified Minerals Inc., a locally owned concrete company, proudly displays a giant BGCOP logo with the taglines:  “The Positive Place for Kids,” and GREAT FUTURES STARTS HERE on two of its ready-mix concrete pouring trucks.

Owner Jim Price is committed to giving back to the community, inspiring him to be a longtime Club supporter, and Corporate Champion since 2008. The two trucks have the eye-catching logo-truck as part of the company’s philanthropic program, where a percentage of every BGCOP-logo truck pour is donated to the Club.

The first logo truck rolled out in 2010 and the second debuted late last year.

“Our ready-mix truck that proudly displays the Boys & Girls Club logo is requested by name,” said Jim. “People like having the truck out on their properties pouring cement because it tells the community that they too support giving back to their community!” He also wants Club members to know there are many employment opportunities right here in our community. Later this year, Club teens will have the opportunity to tour his facility.

Since the program began, the Club has received more than $30,000 from DMI.

DMI Ready Mix Concrete serves Oxnard, Malibu, Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oak, Moorpark, Simi Valley and West Los Angeles.


Grant monies are helping to keep Club Nyeland open

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 21, 2015


For many Nyeland Acres youth, the Club’s Nyeland Acres Community Center facility is the only nearby place that offers a safe, positive environment where they can hang out after school and Saturdays. Opening as a community center in September 2014, it offers programs to 150 youth in grades 1-12, with a daily attendance of 65 youth. Services are offered Monday-Friday from 2-6. Kids enjoy the Center’s athletic programs on Saturdays.

The 1,200 square-foot Center is also home to First 5 and MICOP.

The Center is able to offer national and local Boys & Girls Club programs and special initiatives in core areas due to recent grant funding from Oxnard College.

Oxnard College donated $55,000 to the Club for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. They also donated 40 computers and to enhance programs and services, like mentoring, skill tutor, science projects, healthy lifestyles and youth leadership training.

A $15,000 grant from the Ventura County Probation Agency for the Club is in process. The money will go toward staffing, mentorship and delinquency prevention.

Students at Club Nyeland are offered a wide range of services, including athletics, life skills classes, Voices of Hope music program, arts and design groups, community service programs, Signs in Motion sign language performance teams, reading clubs, science groups and more.


Message from our CEO, Erin Antrim

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 21, 2015

Dear Friends,


Because of your investment every year the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme has consistently continued to positively impact the lives of more than 9,000 young people and families in our communities – giving them hope, guidance and an opportunity for a brighter future. Instead of going home to an empty house, young children walk through our doors and are greeted by caring adult staff and volunteers, who engage them in positive activities. Instead of hanging out on the streets, teens come to the club teen center where they find positive role models and productive activities that keep them inspired and motivated.


Each and every day children come through our doors in need of help, in need of an opportunity to participate in positive activities and in need of resources to be successful. Every year our youth at the Boys & Girls Club continue to thrive in our programs, while contributing positively to their Club and their community.


With your support, we provide consistent, positive and skill-building experiences to kids that need us the most. Your contributions help our local youth be more likely to progress to the next grade level, get a job and go to college, make positive and healthy life choices, and take ownership and pride in their community.


Every time one of our youth develops skills and the courage to overcome their personal challenges, we see a FUTURE born. And each time that happens, we are reminded we could not do it without the support of individuals like you.


Please come by for a tour and see the magic you have helped create at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. For $500 a year or $41.66 a month, a youth will be given hope and guidance to making good choices for their future.


With Passion for Kids,


Erin Reardon Antrim