Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

VC Star – B&G clubs there for kids

Posted in General Information, Media Coverage by BGCOP Staff on December 21, 2009

By Tim Blaylock

An economic perfect storm not only raids retirement funds and bankrupts corporations, it robs children of opportunity.

Schools are slashing programs and services, and community organizations like the Boys & Girls Club that fill the voids are struggling with the same challenges that have brought whole industries to the brink of collapse. But we cannot fail our children. To do so, would imperil our entire society.

As families face greater challenges, children are left alone more often, or called upon to help their families by dropping out of school to work or care for younger children while both parents work.

Angelica, 19, was one such child. She has not had the easiest life, but she has risen above her challenges. Though she was raised by a single mother with five children and grew up in a neighborhood where drugs and gangs were prevalent, she dared to dream of a better future. At a time when most teens worry about their next math test or school dance, Angelica was deciding to drop out of school so she could work to help support her family.

Fortunately, she became a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, where she realized she had to continue with her education to be successful in life and do what’s best for her family. The club gave her the opportunity for subsidized work experience with a local small business. This gave Angelica the work experience she needed, along with skills she can use in the work force. She is enrolled at Oxnard College and is working on her associate arts degree in legal assisting, with the long-term goal of becoming an attorney. Her efforts earned her the $1,000 Dwight Brydie Scholarship.

Right now is a critical time for kids. For many, summer is a time with little or no adult interaction or supervision. These children face the threats of drugs, alcohol and teenage pregnancy. They also face being likely victims of crime or getting into trouble with the law, but the Boys & Girls Club gives them a positive path to success.

A 2008 economic impact study of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme found that the arrest rate of youths who attend the Boys & Girls Club is 4 percent, one-third the rate of Ventura County youths as a whole. For incarcerated youths who participated in the Boys & Girls Club program at the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Center, the repeat crime rate is 9 percent, while the national rate is 60 percent.

Thousands of kids each year stay out of trouble and develop positive character and leadership skills through club programs. Each year, because of generous donors, many kids are able to spend their summer days at one of our clubhouses or teen centers in Oxnard and Port Hueneme. They learn new skills and social competencies, go on educational field trips, learn to play musical instruments, play sports and, most importantly, have fun in a safe and secure place.

We are working hard to meet this economic challenge, but we need caring people to help. For local youth agencies, there are no bailouts, bonuses or second chances, just scores of children with no positive, supervised place to go during nonschool hours. Without such a place, the negative consequences are felt for decades through increased crime, increased dropout rates and higher rates of unemployment and teen pregnancy. We must protect and help the positive development of our children, our most precious and vital resource. We cannot let children slide down our list of societal priorities.

Through the Boys & Girls clubs, we can change a young person’s life with a gift of time, compassion and generosity. Some children merely need a caring adult to stand up and say: “You can do it! Failure is not an option. I believe in you!”

Every day at the clubs, children hear just that, and they experience activities that show them they have the power to create a good life for themselves and a better community for us all. No child is ever turned away from our clubs due to an inability to pay the $15-a-year membership fee.

June 11, our organization celebrated its 55th year of service. We invite everyone in the community to help celebrate by being a champion for our kids. For more information, visit us online at http://www.positiveplace4kids.org/getinvolved or contact us at 815-4959 so that together we can make a difference in the lives of more children.

— Tim Blaylock is chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

http://www.vcstar.com/news/2009/jun/23/bg-clubs-there-for-kids/

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A Small Taste of the Summer Jobs for Youth Program

Posted in General Information, Videos by BGCOP Staff on November 2, 2009

Here is a small taste of what the Boys and Girls Clubs and Work Investment Board have been doing this summer as we have provided youth with Jobs throughout Ventura County.

400 LOCAL YOUTH TO BE CELEBRATED AT PUBLIC CEREMONY FOR PARTICIPATION IN SUMMER JOB PROGRAM

Posted in Events, General Information, Martin V. Smith, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on September 30, 2009

Regional partnership helped youth overcome barriers to employment

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30

5:30-7:30p.m.

WHERE: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Martin V. Smith Youth Center

1900 West 5th Street, Oxnard

WHAT: More than 400 youth ages 14 to 24 spent their summer learning how to find and keep a summer job, despite barriers such as being a foster youth, a teen parent, incarcerated or having a disability. Now the Boys & Girls Club will salute them.

The Summer Jobs for Youth Program is a partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, the Ventura County Office of Education and Oxnard City Corps. The youth participated in an eight-hour training course to learn work readiness, teamwork and leadership skills. They were then matched to a work site to learn workplace skills and habits, while earning money for the summer.

CONTACT: Mayra Rincon

(805) 483-1118, ext. 306

The Summer Jobs for Youth Program operates along with policies set by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the County of Ventura Workforce Administration. The program was put in place to motivate and give local youth an opportunity to work and achieve an employment goal, working together for the benefit of the community.

Welcome to the new positiveplace4kids.org!

Welcome to the new positiveplace4kids.org!  We have redesigned the site from the ground up to create a better experience for our members of the club, parents of the club, community members and visitors near and far!  Please browse around the website to look at all of the new things we have added!

Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year is a leader with a heart

Posted in General Information by BGCOP Staff on June 3, 2009

For 16-year-old Richard Tribble, being named Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is an honor he never imagined he would achieve.
“It is very overwhelming because I made this incredible accomplishment, something I never even thought would happen,” said the Port Hueneme teen, who “went down the wrong road” due to peer pressure, causing the decline of his studies, grades and units.
But after he joined the club about two years ago, “the choice of graduating on time and improving my grades became my biggest goal,” he said. “This recognition makes me want to strive for more, to do better, plan for my future knowing I can do anything I put my mind to. I am proud of the accomplishments that I have achieved and plan to give back to my club and to my community.”
Tribble volunteers at the club several days a week as a participant in the leadership group called Keystone. A junior at Hueneme High School, he is on the cross-country team and the Link Crew, serving as a mentor to underclassmen.
And though he struggled early on in school, he is now on the path to graduate in 2010 and holds part-time jobs to contribute to his family’s expenses.
“The Boys & Girls Club has given me a positive place to be and that helps me a lot, because it is safe and I know I can receive help with any of my school projects,” said Tribble, who plans to pursue a college degree in either medical assisting, psychology, law or photography — which would make him the first person in his family to graduate from high school and go to college.
“The positive influence helps me make better decisions, and now I try to influence other teens to come to the club so that they can have the same experience.”
The Youth of the Year title — the highest honor a member can receive — recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome, said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
“Richard is a young person who has overcome significant challenges in his life,” Blaylock said. “He is now setting an example of leadership, character and positive work ethic for his peers and younger youth. We are all very proud of his accomplishments and have the highest expectations for his bright future.”
The teen is also a leader with a heart, and demonstrates those leadership skills in a variety of ways, Blaylock said.
“He sets a positive example every day for the younger kids, helping with homework leading a game or activity or helping in the computer lab or learning center. He volunteers at special events and community festivals,” Blaylock said.
“Richard is like a lot of kids,” he said. “He could have continued to go down the wrong road, but he made a decision, a choice to change, and make his family proud. I believe he has made them proud already and will be a leader that we will all hear about in the near future.”
The oldest of three children, Tribble lives with his mother and stepfather in Port Hueneme with sisters Emmie, 7, and Alexis, 2.
“Looking back at my past, I would have to say that the biggest struggle I faced was peer pressure, and I went down the wrong road. My school work suffered and I fell behind,” he said. “The staff encouraged me to keep going even with all the obstacles in my way. The staff is still encouraging me and I am grateful for that.”
Now as a mentor for younger members, he said, “it is a great thing to be helping kids go down the right road and showing them they have choices no matter what obstacles they have in front of them.”
VenturaCountyStar.com

Welcome!

Posted in General Information by BGCOP Staff on May 12, 2009

Welcome to the news site of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme!

This site was created to help connect us with members of our community and members of our organization.