Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Congratulations to our 2015 BGCOP Youth of the Year!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 20, 2015

Amber Holmes.2015 YOY_2

Singled out among several outstanding youth, 18-year-old Amber Holmes has been chosen as this year’s BGCOP Youth of the Year.


A seven-year Club member, Amber is a senior at Oxnard High School and plans to study nursing at California State University, San Francisco, next year. She will be the first in her family to attend a university right after high school.


“The Club has transformed me from a shy little girl into a confident young lady who is prepared to face any challenges that will ever stand in my way,” said Amber.


The Youth of the Year competition recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club local organization, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.


“We are so proud of Amber. She works really hard and has become a great leader and mentor to other youth at the Club,” said Erin Antrim, chief executive officer, BGCOP. “She embodies the qualities we look for in choosing our Youth of the Year: She is smart, committed to the Club and willing to share her experiences to help others achieve what’s best for them.”


Amber has been involved with the Club’s Keystone Leadership Club, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and College Bound programs. She has been the Keystone president for two years and a teen reporter for the Boys & Girls Club of America’s site. At a recent NFTE completion, her “Big Beautiful Bows” business plan was honored as “Best Business.”


When she was 11, her father was sent to prison and she and her mother moved to Los Angeles from San Antonio, Texas, to live with her grandmother. That same year, her grandmother passed away and they moved to Oxnard to be with her grandfather. As a result, Amber attended three schools in two states that year.


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