Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Navy Seabees visit Port Hueneme Clubhouse

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on June 14, 2016

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In May, the Port Hueneme Clubhouse got a surprise visit from the Navy Seabees. These young men and women gave our Club some extra attention in the areas of cleaning, repairs and light maintenance.

They loved their experience so much they have now become regular volunteers. More than 25 Navy Seabees have done projects including painting the Teen Center, technology repairs, tutoring help, sports, games, snacks, and participating in the Family Dodgeball Night.

Their hopes are to expand their volunteer efforts to all of our Clubhouses.

Thank you U.S. Navy Seabees for making our Port Hueneme Clubhouse sparkle. We appreciate your commitment to the community!

Summer Day and Sports Camps begin June 20

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on June 14, 2016

2016 Summer Camp

Join us for summertime fun! The Club’s Summer Day and Sports Camps begin June 20 and run through August 30.

Youth are invited to participate in age-specific programming during 10 weeks of themed camps, which focus on science, athletics, music, arts, technology and games, there will be a field trip every week in the theme camps and plenty of fun! Sports Camps for Champsincludes basketball, soccer, dodgeball, running techniques and flag football.

Camps are for BGCOP members ages 6-12 years old. Registration for day camps is $90 per week and $95 for sports camps. Become a Club member for $20 per year. Scholarships are available; contact the registration office at 805-815-4999 or visit

Fore the Kids

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Fore the Kids

David Staples, President of Staples Construction and Erin Antrim, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

More than 131 people spent an afternoon golfing to benefit the Club. Our 23rd Annual Fore the Kids Golf Tournament was held May 23 at the Spanish Hills Country Club. More than $62,000 was raised to support the Club’s 9,200+ youth.

The afternoon was spent enjoying golf, lunch, on-course games, prizes, a raffle and awards dinner.

This event was a success thanks to the sponsorship of Staples Construction Company. “I can’t thank Staples Construction Company enough. This is their third year being the presenting sponsor for our golf classic. Without the leadership of David Staples and his team…Andrea Medina, Makenna Kesterson and Marissa Skinner. This would not be possible,” said Erin Antrim, CEO.


A Special Thank You to all of our Event Sponsors and Corporate Champions:


Presenting Sponsor: Staples Construction Company


Birdie Sponsor: Lowthorp, Richards, McMillan, Miller &Templeman


Putting Contest Sponsor: Scott Winter Construction


Hole-In-One Sponsor: Cal Coast Plumbing, Inc.


Hole Sponsors: CBC Federal Credit Union, DK Electric, Fence Factory,  M&M Management, Reliance Safety Consultants, Sketchley& Mason Plumbing, S.L. Leonard & Associates, VACCO


Tee Sign Sponsors: Cali USA Acoustics, CBIZ, Center Glass Company, DJS Special Inspections, Inc., Howard’s Rug Company of Ventura, Inc., Hutchinson Engineering, Independent Concrete Cutting, Jim Gill Flooring, Johnson + Muller Architects, KTGY Architecture & Planning, Landmark Grading & Paving, Inc. “Quality Paving”,  Mountain West Construction Group, Ojai Community Bank, Travis Agricultural Construction, United Site Services


Event Donors: Andrea Baisch, Diamond Ground Products, Inc., Tolman&Wiker Insurance Services, LLC, Wagner Financial


In-Kind Sponsors:  Alexander Buick-GMC-Cadillac , Coast Reprographics, Infinium Spirits, Proximo Spirits, Tito’s Handmade Vodka


Corporate Champions: Diamond Level: Gene Haas Foundation. Gold Level: Alexander Buick-GMC-Cadillac, California Resources Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Union Bank. Silver Level: Diversified Minerals Inc., Dullam Nursery, Kaiser Permanente, NRG, Port of Hueneme, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, Staples Construction Company, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Wells Fargo Bank



BGCOP Recognizes YEP Participants at Success Ceremony

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BGCOP Recognizes YEP Participants at Success Ceremony


Congratulations to the 95 Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) participants who successfully completed the program! They were recognized April 28 at a success ceremony. Joe I. Mendoza, Director of the Special Populations Educational Support Dept. spoke to more than 200 friends and family members at the special awards dinner, where YEP case managers recognized all their students and presented special awards to select participants.

Partner Awards and recognition were also given to the educational and employment partners that help make YEP successful by offering their time, space or services. These partners include Ventura Training Institute, Clinical Training Institute, Smart & Final Extra! and T.J. Maxx.


YEP offers young people in the Boys & Girls Clubs the necessary training and skills to excel in the workplace through three different programs:

  • For high school students, the Job Ready program focuses on career planning and leadership skills and is offered at Hueneme and Oxnard high schools.
  • The Job Ready Accelerated program assists youth aged 18-21 and already out of school with a diploma/GED, vocational training and employment.

YEP offers multiple services to students enrolled. In addition to a case manager who serves as a mentor and guide toward educational or employment goals, students also get paid work experience with local employers. The programs also include supportive services, which help youth obtain vocational training and clothing for interviews, and cover the cost of bus passes and exam fees.


More than 1,857 Club youth in the Oxnard and Port Hueneme areas have been a part of YEP since the program began in 2004.


Special award recipients:



Most Valuable Participant

Ramiro Campa



Most Dedicated

Antonio Vasquez

Kassandra Huerta


Most Improved   

Shannon Gray

Isabel Perez


Perfect Attendance

Paola Navarro

Adrian Calleja



Most Valuable Participant

Joanna Ramirez

Jessica Lara



Most Dedicated

Marissa Moreno

Jocelyn Sanchez

Jazmine Garcia-Espinoza




Most Resilient

Edgar Sandoval

Jerry Medina

Sandra Espinoza

Bryant Chackel



Congratulations to:


In school


Hannah Allison

Liliana Ambriz

Jesus Cacho

Adrian Calleja

Moises Callo

Ramiro Campa

Searra Cardenas

Sydney Dozier

Esteban Espinoza

Larry Garcia Espinoza

Shannon Gray

Hector Hernandez

Kassandra Huerta

Ahlexas Hughes

Alexes Juarez

Aminidad Lopez-Cruz

Sebastian Lule

Jennifer Marquez

Diego Mendoza

Paola Navarro

Joaquin Osuna

Isabel Perez

Maxine Robinette

Karen Rodriguez

Victoria Simental

Jason Toledo

Antonio Vasquez

Ivan Vera




Out of school


Moises Arreola

Monique Arroyo

Naseena Blevins

Jackelin Castro

Maria Fernandez

Maria Garcia

Diego Garcia

Yanet Gonzalez

Karen Gonzalez

Sergio Gonzalez


Bianca Hernandez

Jessica Lara

David Lopez

Angel Lopez

Mavi Medina

Jerry Medina

Gabriel  Medina

Adriana Nateras

Marilyn Rincon

Jocelyn Sanchez

Omar Zaragoza

Miguel Ayala

Alejandra Suarez

Miguel Lopez

Enrique Ayala

Christina Barajas

Thomas Doherty

Erika Dominguez

Ismael Gomez

Jassmine Larios

Destiny Lucio

Alliyah Miller

Marissa Moreno

Hope Orozco

Joanna Ramirez

Kaylene Rodriguez

Beatriz Rosete

Edgar Sandoval

Belinda Solis

John Workman

Jennifer  Zavala

Mario Bello

Naydine Bonilla

Bryant Chackel

Anthony Espinoza

Sandra Espinoza

Roberto Fernandez

Saul Garcia

Jazmine Garcia Espinoza

Darlene Gregory

Paloma Guzman

Claritza Juarez

Michael Landeros

Alberto Lemus

Erik Manriquez

Jose Motta Perez

Sergio Nunez

Lesly Ortiz

Jerome Penny

Alan Quintero

Denise  Rios

Madeline Robinette

Noland Roddy

Carmen Rodriguez

Nohemi Torres

Jarbis Vasquez



Breakfast Success!!!

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California Resources Corporation Table

What an amazing Breakfast! Thank you to everyone who attended our 14th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast April 7 at the Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel. More than 250 people supported the mission of our Club by sponsoring a youth. As a result more than $118,000 was raised that morning. We are proud to share this was the highest grossing Breakfast in our organizations history. These funds will go towards much needed quality programs and services for the Club’s 9,200+ youth.

Andrew Firestone, philanthropist, reality TV show personality (ABC’s The Bachelor), and heir to the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company emceed the event, while keynote speaker Mario Bonds, singer, songwriter and author, shared his story of perseverance and success. By age 9, Bonds lost both his parents and his vision. A childhood of abuse followed, including abandonment, poverty and homelessness. He now uses his experience to motivate young people to tackle their own difficult circumstances head-on and realize their full potential.

The Great Futures for Kids Breakfast is an Annual Community fundraiser where attendees celebrate and support BGCOP’s important work in the community.

Since 1954, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme has strived to fulfill its mission of enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Our organization serves over 9,200 youth and teens through membership and community outreach, helping them grow into healthy, productive, successful young people prepared to achieve great futures.Donors at the Great Futures for Kids Breakfast helps make this work possible.


California Resources Corporation continued their support for our kids by returning as the Presenting Sponsor.

A message from our CEO

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on June 14, 2016

“Deprived of healthy stimulation, millions of low-income kids lose significant amounts of what they learn during the school year.”

Children with access to quality experiences keep exercising their minds and bodies at camp, on family vacations, in museums and libraries and enrichment classes.”

“By the end of grammar school, low-income students had fallen nearly three grade levels behind, and summer was the biggest culprit….”

-Excerpts from Time Magazine article “The Case Against Summer Vacation” July 22, 2010.



For far too many young people, summer is a three-month vacation from learning. This often means trouble when young people return to school in the fall. Research consistently shows that when youth take a holiday from learning during the summer months, they lose valuable academic ground.

Sociologists also have determined that family income is a powerful predictor for how much learning loss students experience during the summer months. While low-income students experience more than two months of loss in reading comprehension and word recognition, middle-income students actually experience slight gains in reading performance over the summer months. When reading and math performance are combined, children from low-income families lose over three times as much learning as their peers from middle-income families during the summer months.

On average, low-income elementary school students experience the greatest summer learning losses. Studies also show that such losses are cumulative each year. By the end of fifth grade, summer learning differences result in low-income children falling more than two years behind their middle-income peers in verbal achievement and more than one year behind in math achievement. The cumulative effect of summer learning differences is a primary cause of widening achievement gaps between students of higher and lower income levels.


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme plays a powerful role in making summer a time for learning and developmental gains for youth, especially those who need us most! Our Clubs implement a summer program at that gives young people meaningful opportunities to practice reading, mathematics, STEM and creative arts skills on a daily basis. A centerpiece of the summer program involves implementation of high-yield learning activities (HYLAs) throughout the Club. HYLAs are fun Club activities that help young people apply in a practical way what they learn in the classroom..


With a passion for kids,


Erin Reardon Antrim