Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Corporate Champion Spotlight: Union Bank

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(left to right) Erin Antrim, president and CEO; Derek Swafford, vice president/branch manager of Union Bank in Ventura and Club board member; and Nancy Mayerson, board president.

Thank you Union Bank! A first-time Corporate Champion, Union Bank recently donated $10,000 to the Club. Derek Swafford, vice president/branch manager of Union Bank in Ventura and a member of the Club’s board of directors, presented the check in a small ceremony at the Club. Their generous donation will go toward programming at the Club.

In addition to being a Corporate Champion, Union Bank also sponsored a Thanksgiving dinner last November for the more than 150 kids and families at our MVS Clubhouse. Both Derek and Randy Weiss, Union Bank corporate social responsibility officer, California Central Coast, attended and served dinner to more than 150 youth and families.

We are grateful for all our community supporters!

New Resource Development Director

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Erin Pierik


Help us welcome Erin Pierik, the Club’s new Resource Development Director. She brings a wealth of experience in fundraising, community outreach and engagement to her new position.

“Erin is not only passionate about serving youth in our community, she has a strong background in nonprofit leadership so she’s an ideal fit for our Club,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP chief executive officer.

Erin previously worked as the executive director for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation, where she implemented policies and procedures to streamline membership, fundraising and accounting practices. She held various director positions in the 16 years she was with the Southeast Ventura County YMCA Association.

She has a bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent development from California State University Northridge and master’s degree in public administration with a specialization in leadership from National University.


Winning art displayed at Carnegie Art Museum

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Arts Show




For a second year in a row, BGCOP displayed its members’ winning National Fine Arts pieces at the Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard. More than 60 pieces of art were on display. The Club honored 60+ members at a private reception and award ceremony Feb. 4 at the museum.


“Our Club kids have dedicated a lot of time and energy on their art pieces. Their creativity is inspiring!” 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, BGCOP 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, BGCOP will submit members’ artwork in four age divisions and 10 categories, including watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic and collage. All first place winners will send their artwork to the regional level for judging in late March/early April. From there a limited number will be sent to BGCA’s Atlanta headquarters for final judging at the national level.


Thirty-three 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.


BGCOP first place winners by category….



Divina Ochoa, 9 (Port Hueneme)

Albert Villa, 12 (Port Hueneme)

Yasmin Rincon, 14 (Port Hueneme)

Olivia Benson, 17 (HHS)


Mixed Media

Leila Florez, 8 (Rio Lindo)

Bella Camarillo, 10 (Rio del Mar)

Richard Mungary, 15 (HHS)



André Gonzalez, 9 (Rio Real)

Emiliano Guilo, 12 (MVS)

Angel Sanchez, 13 (HHS)

Ana Salvador, 16 (Nyeland)



Sandra Torralba, 9 (Rio Real)

Melissa Botello, 10 (Tierra Vista)

Fatima Perez, 15 (HHS)

Alondra Lara, 18 (JJC)


Group Project

4th Grade Rio Real, 9

Miriam Reza, Sofia Avila, Mariah Gruber, 12 ( Rio Vista)



Jesus Perez, 6 (Tierra Vista)

Marlyn Caballero, 10 (Rio Plaza)

Sofia Garcia, 13 (RDV)


Water Color

Mayara Morales, 13

Aleena Quiñones, 10 (Tierra Vista)

Isabelle Estrada, 10 (Tierra Vista)


Meet our 2016 Youth of the Year candidates

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Meet our 2016 Youth of the Year candidates

2016 YOY Candidates (left to right): Cristian Vasquez, Joanna Garcia, Liliana Galeana, Cody Bowen (teen staff), Glenda Guzman, Fatima Perez and Jesus Peña.

Cristian Vasquez

17-year old Cristian is a senior at Channel Islands High School. After graduation he plans on attending Ventura College with a focus in Graphic Design. A member of the Club for seven years, Cristian has been very active in many aspects of the Club and is currently in the Keystone Leadership Program.


“The Club has provided countless opportunities for me to become a better person by enhancing my academic, personal, and leadership skills and helping me gain a positive outlook on life,” said Cristian.


Cristian has taken AP English classes all four years of high school and is on his school’s track and field team. He is also currently trying to obtain a seal of bi-literacy.

Joanna Garcia

Joanna, 18, is a senior at Rio Mesa High School and wants to attend Johns Hopkins University so she can become a pediatrician. Joanna has been a Club member for 10 years. She has been involved with the Club’s Keystone Leadership program for the last three years. In the Keystone group, she held a bone marrow drive for her uncle after he was diagnosed with Leukemia.


“[The Club] has helped mold me to the person I am today. I am very honored and grateful for the many great opportunities that will help me towards my future as a productive member to society and my community,” said Joanna.

Joanna plays softball, basketball, and is on the cross country and track and field teams at her school. She is currently enrolled in an after school course to become a medical assistant.


Liliana Galeana

A Club member for two years, 17-year-old Liliana attends Vista Real Charter High School. After graduation, she plans on studying criminal justice at Ventura College.


“I am eternally grateful for what the Club has done for me and my family. I don’t know where I would be if I had never come across [the Club]. My whole life has been influenced in a positive way. The Boys & Girls Club made me learn more about myself and my qualities. I am thankful to be part of such an incredible non-profit organization,” said Liliana.

At the Club, Liliana joined the Boxing program and Keystone Leadership program. She’s also taken part in the National Fine Arts program and been named Youth of the month twice.

Fatima Perez

Fatima is 16 years old and attends Hueneme High School. Her dream is to attend UCLA after graduation. Fatima has been a Club member since she was in fourth grade. She has been very involved with many programs available at the Club, including Imagemakers, College Bound, Keystone, Smart Girls, National Fine Arts and the Cooking program.


“The Boys & Girls Club has helped me in many aspects of my life,” said Fatima, “such as helping me with academics, having a different perspective in life, and has taught me to never give up even if a situation is difficult.”


A sophomore, Fatima has a 4.14 GPA, has taken honor and AP classes at her school and plays tennis. With the Club, she has participated in beach clean-ups, blanket/food drives and helped plan a dance for teens with severe handicaps.

Jesus Peña

A Club member for nine years, 15-year old Jesus, loves coming to the Club and its Teen Center, where he gets help with his homework and unwinds by playing basketball and ping pong. A member of Keystone, Jesus has participated in many community service events like the blanket drive, Day for Kids and Give a Smile. He has also been named “Youth of the Month” by the Club twice.


“The experiences I have had here have shaped me into the proud human being I am today,” said Jesus.

Jesus attends Rio Mesa High School and after graduation hopes to study architectural engineering at UC Irvine. He has been involved with AVID and made his school’s honor roll.


2016 Youth of the Year Glenda Guzman

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Congratulations Glenda Guzman! This 18-year-old has been singled out among several outstanding youth to be BGCOP’s 2016 Youth of the Year.


“We are so proud of Glenda. She is an amazing young lady who uses her positive attitude, humility, honesty and perseverance to help others,” said said Erin Antrim, chief executive officer, BGCOP. “Glenda is a great role model for others and is an inspiration to youth and adults alike.”


A seven-year Club member, Glenda is a senior at Oxnard High School and plans to study criminology at Northern Arizona University in the fall.


She has been involved with Keystone Leadership Program for seven years, five of which as vice president; she currently serves as president of the club. At school, she has been in the Law and Public Services Academy since 10th grade and is involved with Key Club, a volunteer-oriented club. She is also currently taking AP statistics to help her get ahead in college credits.

“The Keystone Leadership Program [at the Club] has taught me many things: business skills, networking, leadership skills, how to teach others to lead as well as how to speak in public. I went from being a shy girl to a confident young lady,” said Glenda.


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.


14th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast

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14th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast

Singer, songwriter and author Mario Arnauz Bonds shares his story of perseverance and success at our 14th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast, April 7, Residence Inn by Marriott River Ridge, Oxnard.

After losing both his vision and his parents by age 10, Mario experienced a childhood few of us can even imagine, including abuse, abandonment, poverty and homelessness. Determined not to be defined by his adversities, Mario persevered to ultimately reach success both personally and professionally, and now uses his experiences to motivate young people to tackle their own difficult circumstances head-on and realize their full potential—a message that resonates with the mission of BGCOP.

The breakfast event serves as a rally to mobilize local businesses and individuals to help raise awareness about the Club’s wide range of educational and enriching programs that help our youth successfully navigate their path to a great future.

“It’s through the generous support of our donors that BGCOP can ensure our 9,200+ members will continue to receive access to the Club, and the mentoring and activities that help these young people become caring, responsible, self-sufficient citizens in our community,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP chief executive officer.

We hope to see you there!

Boys & Girls Club Week, March 7-12

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Boys & Girls Club Week, March 7-12

We are celebrating National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 7-12 at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse, 1900 W. 5th Street, and at the Club Teen Center, 126 E. 7th Street, Oxnard. Club members will be participating in a wide range of activities this week, including playing games, creating vision boards, having spirit contests, learning about the Youth Bill of Rights and enjoying healthy smoothies made by our Jr. Chef program.

The community is invited to stop by from 4-5 p.m. on March 9 to take a tour of the MVS Clubhouse. The tour includes facts about Club programs, an opportunity to see where Club members work, play and learn, and provides information on the Club’s impact on the community.

Click here to see the week’s schedule. [make this a link to pdf – have Rod upload to site] Join us if you can!


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Spring is almost here and that means our teens are heading off to the Keystone conference in Texas! What an opportunity for these young people to attend a national conference with thousands of teens from across the country. One of the main areas of focus for the conference is to teach teens how to give back to their community and club, something that is a staple of programming in all of our clubs.


Youth who learn the values of good character and citizenship not only set a good example for peers and become role models for others – they also grow into adults who make the world a better place.


Forty-nine percent* of teens who are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme volunteer in their community on a monthly basis, as compared to 45% of teens nationally throughout Boys & Girls Clubs.


This summer, help us further engage kids in our community by providing opportunities for them to become involved through community service activities, job shadow opportunities, internships or summer jobs!


With passion for kids!


Erin Reardon Antrim


*2014 NYOI Data