Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme Kicks Off Be Great Campaign

Posted in Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on January 11, 2010

BE GREAT billboard featured on the 101 Freeway January 2010

(Oxnard, CA) – What do Denzel Washington, Martin Sheen, General Wesley Clark, Keary Colbert and Oxnard Chief of Police John Crombach have in common?

All five are products of the Boys & Girls Clubs. And the faces of our local alumni and community leaders – from when they were young members of the Club – will be appearing throughout Oxnard in 2010 promoting the important work of our local Clubs.

Billboards proclaiming the Boys & Girls Clubs’ new BE GREAT advocacy campaign will be posted around the city. The messages are part of a nationwide initiative by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to highlight the key issues affecting today’s young people, and the key role community-based organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs play in helping kids graduate from high school, achieve a healthy lifestyle, and develop good character traits.

“BE GREAT is a call to action to kids, that says they can and must realize their full potential to become productive, responsible and caring citizens,” said chief professional officer, Tim Blaylock from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Great Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “However, it is also a call to action to adults, to raise awareness about the key issues, and to generate support for the mission of the Clubs.”

“This campaign will raise awareness and support for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme that serve more than 7,200 youth annually,” said Blaylock. “A future Keary Colbert, Chief Crombach or Denzel Washington is at one of these Clubs right now. We want to make sure that child – and every young person – has every chance to succeed and dream big.”

The BE GREAT campaign emphasizes a spirit of optimism and hope, reinforcing the positive benefits of Boys & Girls Clubs by focusing on the personal success stories of accomplished alumni, celebrities and non-celebrities alike. At the campaign’s Web site (www.BeGreatOxnard.org), visitors can learn more about the featured alumni, join the alumni association, volunteer, become and member and make a donation.

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Battle of the Bands Duke It Out

Posted in Clubhouses, Martin V. Smith, Press Releases by BGCOP Staff on December 14, 2009

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Peace Thru Music Program in conjunction with Q104.7 announced they will be hosting the Second Annual Battle of the Bands Talent Show on Friday, December 11 at 6:00pm at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse on Fifth Street in Oxnard. The Peace Thru Music project, led by Tony Barnes gives at-risk youth the opportunity to participate in music instruction and appreciation courses at the club at no charge.

At least twelve bands will be competing in the Battle of the Bands contest and all teens are welcome to attend the event. Participating bands include Negative Zero, the The Gritty’s and Patriots in the punk/rock or hard rock category, while pop and rock performers include Annabel Lee, Counting Planes, Disciples of Mercury, In Reverie, Saturday Giant, Shadows of Aries, Topanga. Hip hop/rap artists include Adrenaline, Luis Barrios, Oscar Fernandez and Premium Entertainment.

Nick St. Nicholas, Barbara Kane of The Tubes and co-author of the book “I, Dolls,” Danny Seraphine, original member of Chicago and current member of CTA, Sara Morgan from the Guitar Center of Oxnard plus a special guest judge from Q104.7 have all generously offered to volunteer their time to participate as judges for the Battle of the Bands competition. Nick St. Nicholas, bass player for Steppenwolf and the World Classic Rockers and Guitar Center of Oxnard have also donated an autographed bass to be raffled off at the event will help raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme Peace Thru Music program.

“We are so thrilled to have celebrity guest judges Nick St. Nicholas and Barbara Kane participate in this capacity with the Battle of the Bands event. We appreciate their commitment to help us create Peace Thru Music,” said Barnes. “Santiago Romero and the rest of the team from Q104.7 have also been instrumental in publicizing our events and are dedicated to helping the youth of Oxnard and Port Hueneme. We appreciate their efforts to help us provide a Positive Place for Kids,” stated Uriah Glynn, Teen Director at the Martin V. Smith Youth Center.

The Teen Center provides a fun, safe environment for all teens to learn and grow, by providing positive mentors and educational and recreational opportunities for all. The center is open from 3:00pm to 8:00pm Monday through Friday. Please contact Uriah Glynn at 805-815-4959 x215 for more information.

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 at the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Center. 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.

First Annual Boxing Fundraiser a Hit with Boys and Girls Club

Posted in Events, Media Coverage, Press Releases, Videos by BGCOP Staff on December 9, 2009

Read on to view the KEYT video of the First Annual Boxing Fundraiser!

KRATOS GOLF TOURNEY RAISES $6,000 TO BENEFIT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER OXNARD AND PORT HUENEME

Posted in Events, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on October 27, 2009
Kratos Check presentation

L-R: Travis Mack (Saalex Solutions and BGCOP Board Member), Chuck Citera (Kratos), Bill Egan (VP, Kratos), Steve Kinney (EDCO, BGCOP Board President)

OXNARD- (October 27, 2009) – On Friday, September 25, 2009 Kratos hosted the 12th Annual Golf Classic, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, at River Ridge Golf Course in Oxnard. This year, the tourney was a huge success, bringing in double last year’s tournament net proceeds with a grand total of $6,000 to benefit the Clubs. “Kratos believes in investing in the communities we operate in. To that end, we are pleased to support the Boys & Girls Clubs again this year through our charity benefit tournament,” said Bill Egan, vice president of the local Kratos office.

The tournament was coordinated by the local office of SYS Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions. The event was Co-Chaired by Chuck Citera and Dave Fucito of Kratos. “Over the past five years, Kratos (and formerly SYS Technologies) has donated close to $15,000 in net proceeds from our tournament to a very worthwhile charity – the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme,” said event chair, Dave Fucito.

The proceeds from this event will help support the programs and services to more than 7,200 youth at the 18 Boys & Girls Club locations throughout the Oxnard and Port Hueneme communities. The Clubs’ mission is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

For more information on Club programs go to http://www.positiveplace4kids.org or call 815-4999 or on how you can help the BGCOP help kids call 805-815-4959 x 204.

Oceanview Pavilion proudly presents 1st Annual Charity Boxing Challenge to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme “Battle of the Badges” Guns versus Hoses Benefit

Posted in Events, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on October 14, 2009

guns n hoses poster

On Saturday, December 5th, Oceanview Pavilion, official sponsor, will host the 1st Annual “Battle of the Badges” Guns Vs Hoses Amateur Boxing event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The charity boxing event will feature deputy sheriffs and police officers versus firefighters from Ventura County. Proceeds will support the 18 Boys & Girls Club sites within Oxnard and Port Hueneme and more than 7,200 youth that they serve annually.

This is a boxing match that puts members of the Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and other law enforcement officers up against the Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association and other firefighters for a good cause.
The Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the Ventura County Professional Firefighter’s Association and Oceanview Pavilion have come together to unite in the spirit of giving from the heart to benefit our communities.
Money raised will go to support over 7,200 youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “We are eager to help the kids served by the Boys & Girls Clubs by showcasing the good-natured rivalry between deputies and firefighters,” said Sergeant Matt Findlay, VCDSA President. “Oceanview Pavilion’s Performing Arts Theatre by the beach is honored to join hands with the Ventura County Firefighters Association, Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme,” said Sharon Kloeris, Executive Vice President of Marketing.

The official sponsor for the event is the Oceanview Pavilion and current sponsors include the law firm of Silver, Hadden, Silver, Wexler & Levine, Kaiser Permanente, JHC Insurance Services, Domino’s Pizza, and Dr. Manuel Lopez, Optometrist.
The doors open at 5 p.m. with the first bout starting at 6 p.m. There will be ten matches, each are three, one-minute rounds.
Tickets are available for $20 – general admission, $50 – reserved and $100 –VIP.

The Club is seeking additional sponsors for the evening. Please contact Linda le Brock (805) 815-4959 ext. 205 or llebrock@bgcop.org for more information.

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.

20th Annual Kids Auction to Benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Posted in Events, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on September 2, 2009

On Saturday, November 14th, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme will host the 20th Annual Kids Auction at the Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel in Oxnard. The black tie event is the organization’s largest special event fundraiser and hopes to raise over $200,000 that evening.  Proceeds from the Black and White Gala themed event will support the 18 Boys & Girls Clubs sites within Oxnard and Port Hueneme and more than 7,200 youth that they serve annually.

The evening will start off at 6 p.m. with a silent auction before the dinner and live auction portion of the evening.  The BGCOP and Rio School District’s “Voices of Hope Choir”  will also perform at the event. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on unique vacations, tours and other opportunities, men’s and women’s items.

The Club is seeking sponsors, auction donors, attendees and volunteers for the evening.  Please contact Meggan McCarthy (805) 815-4959 ext. 204 or mmccarthy@bgcop.org for more information.

Kaiser Permanente and Community Memorial Hospital Presents the Fourth Annual Boys & Girls Club’s “Day for Kids”

Posted in Clubhouses, Events, Martin V. Smith, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on September 2, 2009

Families are Invited to Spend Time Together at the National Celebration

Kaiser Permanente & Community Memorial Hospital announce the fourth annual Boys & Girls Club’s “Day for Kids,” Sept. 12 in Oxnard. The mission of the club’s “Day for Kids” is to build stronger relationships between positive adults and kids by educating them on the importance of spending meaningful time together. The special annual event engages adults, families and youth via local community celebrations, special promotions, public awareness campaigns, educational resources and other opportunities to encourage positive, sustaining relationships. Boys & Girls Clubs of America envisions a nationally-recognized day for young people that will create an extraordinary platform for youth, and establish a lasting tradition to reinforce the need of all children for a positive and caring adult in their lives. To that end, they have deemed the second Saturday of September the official “Day for Kids.” The event is set for 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Martin V. Smith Youth Center, 1900 West 5th Street, Oxnard.
Thanks to our generous sponsors including Oxnard Children’s Dental, Jersey Mike’s, and Dr. Lee, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s “Day for Kids” celebration is a great fun-filled, no-cost way for families and children to spend quality time together. The event will feature Sprinkles the Clown, a petting zoo, reptile and bird shows, arts & crafts, jumpers, a dunk tank, outdoor activities including jousting and sumo wrestling, entertainment, games and free face painting.

Live entertainment will be going on all day. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme “Day for Kids” public is invited to enjoy music from local musical acts, including a special surprise performance by a local celebrity singer. Live entertainment acts include: Topanga, Travis and Amanda Marsh, and Astral Aliens. Information about agencies in the community that provide services to local families will be available during the day. For information, please contact Tiffany Lopez at (805) 815-4959 ext 207
Kaiser Permanente is America’s leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, the program is headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 164,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and 14,000 physicians representing all specialties. The organization’s Labor Management Partnership is the largest health care partnership in the United States. It governs how more than 130,000 workers, managers, physicians and dentists work together to make Kaiser Permanente the best place to receive care, and the best place to work.
What originated in 1901 as a single hospital serving its neighbors, Community Memorial Hospital has today grown into an expansive healthcare system that touches the lives of individuals throughout Ventura County, California and beyond. Community Memorial Health System, established in 2005 when Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura merged with Ojai Valley Community Hospital, is comprised of these two hospitals along with nine family-practice health centers serving various communities within Ventura County.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (http://www.positiveplace4kids.org) comprises 18 neighborhood-based facilities serving 7,200 youth annually through Club membership and community outreach. Known as “The Positive Place for Kids,” 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, financial literacy, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and family outreach.

Day for Kids 2009 Stage Schedule

11:30am-12:15pm

Luzonica Bird Presentation

12:15-1:00 pm

Alma de Mexico

1:00-1:30 pm

Dignitary Presentation

1:30-2:00 pm
Topanga

2:00-2:30 pm

Amanda & Travis Marsh

2:30-3:15 pm

Astral Aliens

3:15-4:00pm
*Special Celebrity Guest*

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!