Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Nyeland Clubhouse

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on May 27, 2015

Nyeland Clubhouse

More than 100 youth can continue calling the Nyeland Acres Community Center their Clubhouse. In a 4-1 vote on May 5, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved a recommendation to provide $150,000 in annual funding to each of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Oxnard, Santa Clara River Valley and Ventura that serve youth in the Nyeland Acres, Piru and Saticoy areas.

Supervisors Steve Bennett and Kathy Long made the recommendation to the board. They stated that the Federal government identified these areas as disadvantaged communities in the unincorporated area of Ventura County and, as such, the board has a special responsibility to ensure that youth in these communities have access the positive environment, skill-building and life enrichment experiences offered by Boys & Girls Clubs. The funding will be available beginning July 1.

“We have worked hard to keep this center open since it’s the only safe-positive afterschool option for youth in this community,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP chief executive officer. “We are grateful to the county for their help in keeping this site open.”

Monique Garcia, site coordinator for BGCOP’s Nyeland Acres Community Center, adds that Club Nyeland is the only supervised site for youth in the area to come after school. Opening as a community center September 2014, the Nyeland site serves youth from first to 12th grade. Each day, between 40 and 65 kids come to the club, which has over 100 students enrolled. Students 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.

Club Nyeland offers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programming, which has opened a new horizon for everyone who attends. In the programs, students have the opportunity to use a laptop to do research and reports. The laptops are also used for other Club groups and programs, such as Torch Club, Smart Girls, Street Smart, Triple Play, Healthy Habits and, most importantly, Power Hour homework time. Club high school students can use the computers for goal planning, researching colleges and career opportunities, too.

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