Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Navy Seabees visit Port Hueneme Clubhouse

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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

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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

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“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

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.