Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Rotary Club of Oxnard & Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard & Port Hueneme Young Professionals Network to Host 3rd Annual Wine & Art Trail in Downtown Oxnard

Posted in Arts, Events, Press Releases by BGCOP Staff on March 10, 2011

OXNARD, Calif.- On Sunday, April 17, 2011

Oxnard Rotary along with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Young Professionals Network will hold its 3rd Annual Wine/Art Trail—Rediscovering Downtown Oxnard, presented by Alert Real Estate Services, an event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs After-School Music Program. The event, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm will start in downtown Oxnard’s Heritage Square and feature an eight-stop walking tour. The trail will take participants through a fun tour tasting fine local wines and food offerings while enjoying the unique artists’ exhibits at each location. The tour will include Heritage Square, Rancho Ventavo Cellars, Downtown Center for the Arts, Carnegie Museum, Alert Management, Tomas Café, The Kitchen, Sugar Beets, and Fresh & Fabulous. The official wine sponsor of the event will be the wineries of the Ventura County Wine Trail.
Event co-chair Kate Koslosky, Oxnard Rotary member stated “”In our third year of the Wine and Art Trail, we are looking forward to raising even more money for the Boys and Girls Club music program. The money provides funds to continue their vocal and instrumental programs through purchasing instruments and hiring teachers. This year we are excited to be partnering with the Ventura County
Wine Trail and also to bring 3 additional wine tasting locations to our Trail for a total of 8 locations. The Rotary Club of Oxnard is really interested in the promotion of the downtown Oxnard area and this has been a very productive event to spotlight the City.”
The event will conclude back at Heritage Square where participants will be treated to a performance by the “Voices of Hope” Choir and Orchestra. “Voices of Hope” is an important after-school educational opportunity and a collaborative effort with the Rio School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The performance consists of an orchestra and choir. There are currently 85 students participating in each. Over 500 children have auditioned. Many students have been waiting outside the music classroom eagerly asking when they will have the opportunity to take music lessons. For at-risk youth, music education can make all the difference.
The performance will be followed by a raffle offering fabulous prizes. Individual tickets are $50. Tickets are available online at http://winearttrail.eventbrite.com or at The Boys & Girls Clubs (5th St. location), Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, Herzog Wine Cellars, Oxnard Downtown Management District and The California Welcome Center. For Sponsorship Opportunities, ticket sales, or further information please contact the committee at winearttrail@yahoo.com .

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MEDIA ALERT & PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Posted in Media Coverage, Press Releases by BGCOP Staff on September 24, 2010

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS DAY FOR KIDS

Celebrating and honoring children locally and nationally

WHEN:            Saturday, September 25, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (organized activities throughout the day; see attached for more information.)

WHERE:         Martin V Smith Youth Center

1900 West Fifth Street, Oxnard

WHAT:            Children and their families in the Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme area will join together to spend quality time together to share a moment, create a memory and to make a kid’s day. There will be live entertainment, a dignitary presentation, outdoor activities, food and a Worldwide Day of Play Teen 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

Organizers expect more than 2, 000 people to attend this 7th annual event.

Please see the attached document for a detailed listing of the day’s activities and timing, as well as a list of sponsors and event supporters.

CONTACT:     Tim Blaylock, CPO, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

(805) 815-4959 x 203

Cell: (805) 331-6090

tblaylock@bgcop.org

ABOUT:          The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme exist to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. With three full-service clubs, 13 school program sites and one housing site, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in California, serving 7,200 members annually. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports, fitness and recreation. For more information, visit www.positiveplace4kids.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme Install Board of Directors

Posted in Press Releases by megganmccarthy on August 11, 2010

Awards Given to Community Leaders and BGCOP Staff

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme recently installed its 56th Volunteer Board Officers and Directors at its annual dinner and installation on Thursday, July 26th, 2010 at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse in Oxnard.

BGCOP Youth of the Year Taylor Penny of Oxnard installed the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors and its officers for 2010-11.

2010-2011 Officers

• President: Richard Elzinga
• Vice President: David Newsome
• Treasurer: Anson Mar
• Secretary: Ron Rowen
• Immediate Past President: Steve Kinney

2010-2011 Executive Committee members: Don Facciano, Tony Volante, Richard Duarte, Nancy Mayerson and Sean Leonard.

New Board members include Dr. Catherine Chien, Larry Nathanson and Michael Orman.
Directors installed for 2010-11 include: Kathleen Booth, Lorenzo Castillo, Chief John Crombach, Kim Gibas, Bill Hagelis, Travis Mack, Norman Griffaw, Pete Wallace, John Hobbs, Retha Hux, Mike Montoya, Susan O’Brien, Carmen Ramos-Soriano, Mark Shipp, Bill Tucker, Peter Zierhut and Naval Liaison to the Board, Master Chief Dean Joyce CMDCM(SCW) USN NBVC.

Sean Leonard was given the Rookie Board member of the Year and David Newsome was named Board Member of the Year. In addition, National Service to Youth awards were given to board members and staff with five or more years of service to the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Staff awards were presented to: Meggan McCarthy and LaVonne McCollough, Most Valuable Staff, and the Youth Development Award was given to Erin Ramboldt The Caring award was presented to Tony Barnes, Excellence award to Doug Barrett, Communication to Christine Vallejo, Innovation to Myra Morales and Susan Lopez and the Leadership award was presented to Myranda Huck.

GREAT FUTURES START HERE!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (http://www.bgcop.org) comprises 18 neighborhood-based facilities serving 7,200 youth annually through Club membership and community outreach. The Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development, education and career exploration, technology, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and family outreach.

GAS COMPANY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO THREE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB YOUTH

Posted in Character & Leadership, Education, Press Releases by megganmccarthy on July 20, 2010

OXNARD, Calif. – Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) has awarded college scholarships totaling $3,000 to three Boys & Girls Club members and employees.
Among the recipients awarded the $1,000 scholarships were: Edlin Marquez, who will attend UC Santa Barbara and Melody Rodriguez who is off to UC Santa Cruz in the fall.
Among the recipients awarded $500 scholarships were: Valerie Valdez of Channel Islands High School and Maricruz Ayala of Pacifica High School.
“The scholarships recognize the students for academic achievement and other important signs of character,” said Michele Pettes, public affairs manager at The Gas Company. The Gas Company is awarding scholarships to 153 high school seniors and community college graduates in Southern California this year, “As a way of partnering with our communities and improving the quality of life for young people with high potential,” said Pettes. “We are grateful to the Gas Company for its continued commitment to the youth of Oxnard and Port Hueneme to help them pursue their educational dreams. We know that the greatest opportunity to defeat poverty and to gain success is through higher education. We are proud of these young people and congratulate them on these well deserved scholarships.” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. One recipient, Edlin Marquez was elated to be selected, “I am looking forward to being the first in my family to go off to college and am thankful to the Gas Company for helping turn my dream into reality.”
The Gas Company’s Scholarship Program began in 1966 and is designed to meet the needs of young people in continuing their education while preparing to enter the highly competitive workforce. Since its creation, nearly $2 million in scholarship funds have been awarded to about 2,000 students. The Gas Company gives more than $150,000 annually towards scholarship programs throughout Southern California.

About the Gas Company

Southern California Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.5 million consumers through 5.7 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. The Gas Company is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE). Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company.

BE CREATIVE: Youths Win Regional Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals in ClayTech: Boys & Girls Club Members to Compete for National Title and Prizes

Posted in Clubhouses, Martin V. Smith, Press Releases, Videos by megganmccarthy on July 1, 2010

OXNARD, CA 07/01/2010 – For the 8th Annual Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals, Boys & Girls Club members across the country were encouraged to follow in the footsteps of notable Boys & Girls Club alumni such as Denzel Washington, Mario Lopez and Usher, and BE Creative in depicting the greatness within their Club. Anthony Herrera, 12, Johnathan Garibay, 12 and Marquis Sedeno, 11, were encouraged to engage in unique forms of artistic expression to create a digital piece of art in the ClayTech category. Their entry, entitled Be Creative: Alien Football, not only creatively captured this theme, but it brought home the top honor for the Pacific Region in the 10 through 12 age group. Now on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Herrera, Garibay and Sedeno will vie for the national title and an expenses-paid trip to Atlanta to learn about real world application of the skills learned through the program or a $500 reward to the Club to honor their great efforts and accomplishments.

The Digital Arts Festivals are a dynamic component of the national Club Tech program, a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America, founding sponsor Microsoft and Comcast with the goal to provide youth with the skills needed to thrive in a technology-driven world.

In contests held locally, regionally and nationally, the Digital Arts Festivals celebrate the creativity and technical abilities of area Boys & Girls Club members. Members are encouraged to combine these elements to generate a digital masterpiece in one of four categories—photo illustration, music production, filmmaking and graphic design. Members created artwork that reflected this year’s theme “BE CREATIVE.” From magazine ads and bumper stickers or billboards, to clay animations or PSAs and digital music, the artwork was judged based on age, artistic merit and demonstrated technological skills of the members.

Herrera (Director and Producer), Garibay (Set Designer and Editor ) and Sedeno (Creative Writer) have been members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme for over three years now and started their project in September of 2009. The inspiration for the Claymation production about football came from the members who love to play and watch sports and spent six months on this 60-second short film. The team designed storyboards, molded their characters, built the set from cardboard, tissue paper and paint, photographed the storyline and finally edited their masterpiece. The Club was proud of the team’s accomplishment.

“Technology know-how is almost always expected in the world today. Thus, it is important that we help spark the imagination, and help our youth discover potential career paths so that they will be
well-prepared for the future. The Club Tech Digital Arts Festival does just that. It helps develop members’ creativity and allows them to play with the limitless possibilities of their imagination,” said Karen McDonald, vice president, Program & Youth Development Services at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “The experience gained from this event will help carry our young people through grade school into college and into the career world.”

Through Club Tech, members are introduced to the world of clay animation, robotics, game design, digital movie making, photo illustration, graphic design, music production and Web design. Youth follow an interactive, age-appropriate curriculum and complete various projects throughout the year.

National teen winners receive an expenses-paid summer trip that includes sightseeing and job-shadowing experiences. In years past, winners have visited the headquarters of Microsoft in Seattle, Best Buy in Minneapolis and Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Atlanta to get a behind-the-scenes peek at potential careers.

This year, teens (ages 13-18) will venture to Atlanta for four days and four nights of fun-filled educational and career exploration experiences. Winners in the youth division (ages 6-12) will receive $500 per category to the Club to hold an event or day trip to honor their national winners.

The Festivals are just one way that Boys & Girls Clubs of America, founding sponsor Microsoft and Comcast hope to technologically enable more than 4.2 million youth served by some 4,000 Clubs nationwide and abroad through Club membership and community outreach. Club Tech also provides software, develops and delivers curricula, and provides program management and computer training for staff and youth. The sponsorship allows Clubs to integrate technology into every aspect of the organizations’ fabric, from overall management to core programs.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Club Tech Program
Club Tech was created by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) and Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) in 2000 to technologically enable Clubs worldwide, transforming Clubs from “swim and gym” to “point and click.” Partnering with long-time supporter Comcast (www.comcast.com) and Microsoft, BGCA provides technology program access to some 4.2 million youth served through Club membership and community outreach at some 4,000 Clubs. By leveling the virtual playing field, kids of all ages and circumstances now have access to the same resources and skills to help them discover their world, expand creativity, perform better in school, and eventually take their technology know-how into the workplace.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme exists to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. With three full-service clubs, 13 school program sites and one housing site, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in California, serving 7,200 members annually. The group is also the first Boys & Girls Club of its kind to open a site inside a Juvenile Justice Center in the state of California. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports, fitness and recreation. For more information, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.

Boys & Girls Club Recognized Nationally for Putting Music into the Lives of Youth

Posted in After School Sites, Arts, Clubhouses, Martin V. Smith, Press Releases, Programs, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on May 27, 2010

Erin Antrim, Director of Program Services and Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme receive the prestigious Merit Award for Program Excellence in the Arts from April Hawkins, Program Director, MetLife Foundation.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme Receives National Merit Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America

On Friday, May 14, 2010 the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme received Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s prestigious Merit Award for Program Excellence in the Arts for its Peace Thru Music and Voices of Hope Choir program. The award was presented at a recent ceremony held during Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 104th National Conference in New York, N.Y. Merit Awards for Program Excellence, which are sponsored by MetLife Foundation, are presented for outstanding programs developed and implemented in Boys & Girls Clubs across the country and come with a $2,000 cash award. Each year, hundreds of entries are submitted in the five core program areas: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation.
Peace Thru Music is part of a variety of arts programs available to youth in the Oxnard and Port Hueneme communities. The program has been awarded grants totaling $17,500 for purchase and repair of instruments over the past two years by the Academy of Country Music’s philanthropy, ACM Lifting Lives®. ACM Lifting Lives is dedicated to improving lives through the power of music, with grants funding programs that promote education and healing through the power of music. “Throughout the country, we’re funding programs that provide stipends for new music teachers, instruments for students and men and women in the armed forces, and music therapy in after-school programs and in health care facilities. Through these programs, we’re helping improve lives through music with a broad and diverse reach,” said Erin Spahn, Director of ACM Lifting Lives.
Additionally, the Clubs’ Voices of Hope Choir and Orchestra – a partnership with the Rio School District, gives opportunity to after school program students to take part in the choir program on-campus. “We are thrilled to receive national recognition for Peace Thru Music and the Voices of Hope Choir and Orchestra. We look forward to partnering with ACM Lifting Lives to provide innovative programming to our local youth” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “I am truly humbled by this award and look forward to continuing to change lives through music,” noted Tony Barnes, director of the Peace Thru Music program. The cost for parents to send their child to a Club in Oxnard or Port Hueneme is just $15 per year, and no child is turned away due to economic hardship –scholarships are available for any child whose family cannot afford the annual fee.
For more than 55 years, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme Clubs have provided programming to local youth with an emphasis on five core Club program areas: Character & Leadership Development; Education & Career Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. Activities in these five core areas support Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s overarching goal to help each child reach their full potential and BE GREAT by securing academic success, living a healthy lifestyle and distinguishing themselves as young leaders.

The program allows for open enrollment and is free to all Club members. In addition to students, the Club is seeking volunteers and donations of musical instruments and music books. If you, a friend or loved one have an instrument which is no longer being utilized and would like to find a home for it, please consider donating it to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Contact Linda le Brock, llebrock@bgcop.org or 805-815-4959 x 205. For those interested in volunteering, please contact Tiffany Lopez, tlopez@bgcop.org or 483-1118.

To learn more about the Peace Thru Music Program or about the Clubs, please contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme at 815-4999 or visit http://www.peacethrumusic.org. The Club welcomes anyone interested to visit the Martin V. Smith Youth Center and see first-hand the impact being made on today’s youth.

About ACM Lifting Lives
ACM Lifting Live® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Each year, ACM Lifting Lives provides grants to music therapy and music education programs. Other giving includes serving members of the country music community who face unexpected medical or financial hardship through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund and partnering with artists to improve lives through music. For more information, please visit http://www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs Seek Sponsors for 18th Annual Fore the Kids Golf Tournament

Posted in Events, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on May 25, 2010


OXNARD, Calif.—The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is looking for sponsors and players to take part in the 18th annual “Fore the Kids” Golf Classic. The charity tournament, honoring Carl Lowthorp and Bob McMillan, will be held Monday, June 28 at Las Posas Country Club. Former NFL player Keary Colbert and his surprise NFL guests will also be playing in the tournament and available for autographs and photos for those participating in the tournament.
“This annual event attracts civic and business leaders from Ventura and LA Counties and sells out every year. We are looking forward to another great tournament benefitting our greatest asset: our youth,” said Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
Entry fee to the tournament is $295 per player or $1180 per team. The registration fee gives each player access to green fees, cart, lunch, contests and an awards banquet, held after the tournament.
Sponsorship packages are available, ranging from $250-$10,000. For information on how you can get involved please go to http://bgcop.org/news/events/golf.htm or contact Meggan McCarthy at 815-4959 ext. 204 or mmccarthy@bgcop.org.
Last year’s tournament netted more than $30,000. Funding from this event helps support the programs and services at the 18 Boys & Girls Club locations in Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The Club currently serves more than 7,200 youth in the Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme area. While members pay $15 per year, the club pays $500 per year in program expenses for each child in club programs.
By involving parents, volunteers, educators and the business community, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme helps youth reach their full potential through a positive environment, lifelong learning and programs dedicated to the arts, education, character and leadership development, health and recreation. Programs are based on physical, emotional, cultural and social needs, and are designed to expand participants’ areas of interest. For more information, visit http://www.positiveplace4kids.org.

Supporting a Campaign for Our Kids – and Our Future

Posted in Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on May 4, 2010


Mayor Tom Holden and Mayor Norm Griffaw are helping us celebrate the important work of our Boys & Girls Clubs in the Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme communities by serving as the honorary Co-Chairs for our “It Just Takes One” campaign. Soon you will see bus shelter signage popping up in Oxnard and Port Hueneme with their photo along with some of our kids promoting “It Just Takes One!” We are grateful to these two community leaders for their commitment to the children in our community.

Along with the Mayors’ support the Martin V. Smith and Martha K Smith Foundation has provided a community matching challenge grant; for every dollar donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme over the next two months, the foundation will match dollar for dollar up to $50,000 for kids programs. We are very grateful for this generous and kind gift and believe with the help of the community, will match this gift in the next 60 days.

It’s even more significant this year, as our Clubs undertake a campaign with a special emphasis on increasing support from individual donors in our community. Given the important role of our Clubs, there’s no reason why every caring citizen shouldn’t add his or her name to the honor role of supporters.

When it comes to our kids, we usually think of the home, with a solid family life and parental guidance, as the answer to nurturing and protecting them. But for too many children in America, there’s a gap. Research indicates the hours of 3-8 p.m. are the most dangerous time of day for young people – when crime involving youth doubles as they leave school and return to empty households or neighborhood streets, idle and unsupervised.

The answer, according to experts, is to provide after-school programs in every community. In neighborhoods with effective programs, most youth-related problems are minimized. Children are safe, they’re involved in life-enhancing experiences with caring adults and meaningful challenges, and they can better deal with the larger threats and fears affecting our nation and our world.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme believes every child and teen should be involved in a safe, structured, supervised after-school program, every day. As we approach the summer months with many of our school districts unable to provide summer school programs due to California budget short fall, the need will be even greater this year to provide more out of school time programs and activities.

One tangible step is to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s’ annual fundraising campaign. It’s an investment in our community’s most precious resource: our children.

At Boys & Girls Clubs, any gift—no matter how big or small, is immensely appreciated. This is the idea behind our It Just Takes One Campaign: It just takes One caring adult, One Boys & Girls Club, and One gift to forever impact the life of a child.

This campaign ensures that the doors to the 18 Clubhouses remain open and accessible to all children and that the Clubs are able to continue to provide:
• A safe place for those who may be left alone after school or on the streets with no guidance. The Clubs are a safe place to play and a place safe enough where kids can be themselves.
• Life-enhancing programs that can open young minds. The Boys & Girls Clubs expose youth to new ideas and skills that prepare them for life. We teach the importance of character in all of our programs.
• The availability of dependable, caring adults who are responsive to a child’s daily realities are critical to developing meaningful, often lifelong relationships, that enable children to reach their full potential.

Donations to the It Just Takes One campaign may be given at http://tinyurl.com/3yvtka2 online or through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. For more information, please call Linda LeBrock at 805-815-4959 x 203. Will you BE The One?

Boys & Girls Club Puts Music into the Lives of Youth

Posted in Arts, Martin V. Smith, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on April 28, 2010

Boys & Girls Club member, Jimi Zendejas


Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Peace Thru Music program provides free music lessons year-round at various sites

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Peace Thru Music program announces open enrollment for local youth to participate in this free program for Boys & Girls Club members. The Peace Thru Music program is dedicated to enriching the lives of children by providing access to music education, music appreciation and musical instruments. In addition to students, the Club is seeking volunteers and donations of musical instruments and music books.
Peace Thru music is part of a variety of Arts programs available to youth in the Oxnard and Port Hueneme communities. Additionally, the Clubs’ Voices of Hope Choir – a partnership with the Rio School District, gives opportunity to after school program students to take part in the choir program on-campus. “The Boys & Girls Clubs offer a positive place for kids whose parents are seeking an economical, safe and enriching environment for their children, and this program is yet another opportunity provided to youth while their parents are hard at work. We are providing youth who wouldn’t otherwise have access the opportunity for music education, lessons or use of instruments,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “We are putting music and instruments in the hearts and hands of children. The program is truly changing lives,” noted Tony Barnes, director of the Peace Thru Music program. The cost for parents to send their child to a Club in Oxnard or Port Hueneme is just $15 per year, and no child is turned away due to economic hardship –scholarships are available for any child whose family cannot afford the annual fee.
For more than 55 years, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme Clubs have provided programming to local youth with an emphasis on five core Club program areas: Character & Leadership Development; Education & Career Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. Activities in these five core areas support Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s overarching goal to help each child reach their full potential and BE GREAT by securing academic success, living a healthy lifestyle and distinguishing themselves as young leaders.

Music education helps children in the following ways:
• Improves early cognitive development
• Develops creativity
• Inspires imagination
• Develops motor skills, coordination levels, and spatial reasoning skills
• Enhances social skills
• Builds self-esteem and self-discipline
• Improves mathematical skills, science, and language arts
• Teaches children to work in a group setting and develop problem-solving skills
• Reduces the anti-social behavior of at-risk children and improves school attendance
• Improves attention levels in special needs children

If you, a friend or loved one have an instrument which is no longer being utilized and would like to find a home for it, please consider donating it to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Contact Linda le Brock, llebrock@bgcop.org or 805-815-4959 x 205. For those interested in volunteering, please contact Tiffany Lopez, tlopez@bgcop.org or 805-815-4959 x 207.

To learn more about the Peace Thru Music Program or about the Clubs, please contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme at 815-4999 or visit http://www.peacethrumusic.org. The Club welcomes anyone interested to visit the Martin V. Smith Youth Center and see first-hand the impact being made on today’s youth.

Boys & Girls Club Member Awarded Dwight Brydie Scholarship

Posted in Press Releases, Uncategorized, Youth Employement by megganmccarthy on February 1, 2010

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is proud to announce Valerie Valdez as the 2010 recipient of the Dwight Brydie Scholarship. The scholarship was presented on January 20, 2010 at the California Workforce Association’s 10th Annual Youth Conference in Long Beach.

The $1,000 scholarship is named in memory of longtime California Employment Development Department employee Dwight Brydie, who was a committed and passionate advocate for youth. The scholarship encourages educational and workforce advancement for youth planning to continue their education after high school. Winners of the scholarship must demonstrate leadership potential and/or provide positive role models for other youth, show the ability to make good choices, and who desire to improve their skills and abilities to succeed in the workplace.

Valerie Valdez, 17, is the senior class president for Hueneme High School where she is in charge of providing resources to students, organizing parent nights and informing her peers of graduation requirements. She also realizes the importance of helping others. Once Valerie graduates, she hopes to use her scholarship award to help her pursue her education at Cal State Fullerton and major in public relations with a minor in public administration.

In August 2009, Valerie enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club Job Ready Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), a program funded by the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Ventura County. YEP teaches youth ages 16-21 the skills needed to get a job, get back in school or stay on track to receive a high school diploma. Over 340 Ventura County youth received WIB-supported services through YEP and other programs for education, employment and life-skills training in 2009. For more information about YEP call (805) 483-1118.

About the Workforce Investment Board
The Workforce Investment Board administers federal funds that help to support Job & Career Centers (JCC) and other adult, youth, and employer programs and services in Ventura County. With additional resources from the County of Ventura Human Services Agency, the JCCs provide employment assistance, career training and education services to job seekers, and employee recruitment, customized training and employer consulting to local businesses. JCC services are provided at no cost to job seekers and employers. For more information, call 800-500-7705 or visit http://www.wib.ventura.org.