Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Summer Message- Erin Antrim, CEO

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on August 25, 2015

This summer has been a blast at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. I have had the pleasure of interacting with over 300 kids a day at our Martin V. Smith site. My office is located in this club and every day I work to the sound of children laughing, playing and having FUN! I have watched the lines of children each day around 12:30 going from lunch out to the playground to run, jump and play sports…being active, what kids should be doing. I watch them interacting socially, learning how to be leaders and friends and building character. I see in them in the afternoon engaging in high quality programming, including daily STEAM activities. These are kids that might not have this opportunity if it was not for the Club. I watch the busses leaving on fieldtrips taking the kids to opportunities that they would not otherwise have, going to museums, sports games, the library and the beach! I have observed kids engaged in academic activities and reading each day as we fight to prevent summer learning loss. The kids are lucky to have a Boys and Girls Club to attend for 9 weeks in the summer. They have this opportunity for only $20 a year because of generous donors, partners, foundations and corporations.

 

Some facts about summer and the Club…

  • Did you know the average child loses almost three months of learning in the summer? Research shows access to quality summer programs with a strong academic component prevents this loss from occurring.
  • More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).
  • Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break (Von Hippel et al, 2007).
  • We served 23,615 lunches this summer to kids that might have gone hungry.
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