Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

2016 Youth of the Year Glenda Guzman

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 2, 2016

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Congratulations Glenda Guzman! This 18-year-old has been singled out among several outstanding youth to be BGCOP’s 2016 Youth of the Year.


“We are so proud of Glenda. She is an amazing young lady who uses her positive attitude, humility, honesty and perseverance to help others,” said said Erin Antrim, chief executive officer, BGCOP. “Glenda is a great role model for others and is an inspiration to youth and adults alike.”


A seven-year Club member, Glenda is a senior at Oxnard High School and plans to study criminology at Northern Arizona University in the fall.


She has been involved with Keystone Leadership Program for seven years, five of which as vice president; she currently serves as president of the club. At school, she has been in the Law and Public Services Academy since 10th grade and is involved with Key Club, a volunteer-oriented club. She is also currently taking AP statistics to help her get ahead in college credits.

“The Keystone Leadership Program [at the Club] has taught me many things: business skills, networking, leadership skills, how to teach others to lead as well as how to speak in public. I went from being a shy girl to a confident young lady,” said Glenda.


The Youth of the Year competition recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club local organization, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.



14th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast

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14th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast

Singer, songwriter and author Mario Arnauz Bonds shares his story of perseverance and success at our 14th Annual Great Futures for Kids Breakfast, April 7, Residence Inn by Marriott River Ridge, Oxnard.

After losing both his vision and his parents by age 10, Mario experienced a childhood few of us can even imagine, including abuse, abandonment, poverty and homelessness. Determined not to be defined by his adversities, Mario persevered to ultimately reach success both personally and professionally, and now uses his experiences to motivate young people to tackle their own difficult circumstances head-on and realize their full potential—a message that resonates with the mission of BGCOP.

The breakfast event serves as a rally to mobilize local businesses and individuals to help raise awareness about the Club’s wide range of educational and enriching programs that help our youth successfully navigate their path to a great future.

“It’s through the generous support of our donors that BGCOP can ensure our 9,200+ members will continue to receive access to the Club, and the mentoring and activities that help these young people become caring, responsible, self-sufficient citizens in our community,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP chief executive officer.

We hope to see you there!

Boys & Girls Club Week, March 7-12

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Boys & Girls Club Week, March 7-12

We are celebrating National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 7-12 at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse, 1900 W. 5th Street, and at the Club Teen Center, 126 E. 7th Street, Oxnard. Club members will be participating in a wide range of activities this week, including playing games, creating vision boards, having spirit contests, learning about the Youth Bill of Rights and enjoying healthy smoothies made by our Jr. Chef program.

The community is invited to stop by from 4-5 p.m. on March 9 to take a tour of the MVS Clubhouse. The tour includes facts about Club programs, an opportunity to see where Club members work, play and learn, and provides information on the Club’s impact on the community.

Click here to see the week’s schedule. [make this a link to pdf – have Rod upload to site] Join us if you can!


Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 2, 2016



Spring is almost here and that means our teens are heading off to the Keystone conference in Texas! What an opportunity for these young people to attend a national conference with thousands of teens from across the country. One of the main areas of focus for the conference is to teach teens how to give back to their community and club, something that is a staple of programming in all of our clubs.


Youth who learn the values of good character and citizenship not only set a good example for peers and become role models for others – they also grow into adults who make the world a better place.


Forty-nine percent* of teens who are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme volunteer in their community on a monthly basis, as compared to 45% of teens nationally throughout Boys & Girls Clubs.


This summer, help us further engage kids in our community by providing opportunities for them to become involved through community service activities, job shadow opportunities, internships or summer jobs!


With passion for kids!


Erin Reardon Antrim


*2014 NYOI Data

A Thanksgiving Message

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on November 12, 2015

A Thanksgiving Message

As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, I am reminded of everything I am thankful for. A heartfelt thank you goes to our board of directors, staff, volunteers, members, donors and community partners.

Collectively, our efforts have touched the lives of thousands of children and teens in our community. Many families count on the Boys & Girls Club each year and we allow families to work without worry! I encourage everyone to take a few moments to reflect on the areas in your life that you are grateful for. We are thankful that we have made a difference for thousands of youth during critical moments in their lives. Today we are serving over 9,200 members; we provide experiences that guide them to make good choices on their passage to adolescence—and beyond. Whether in our Clubhouses, our Teen Center, our Nyeland Acres center, Public Housing, our school sites, or in our Juvenile Justice Center, youth are engaged in programs that are holistic and empowering, giving youth a rich sense of themselves and their future options. We weave a broad web of support—with programs, resources and mentors—that can help youth develop their strengths, and leadership skills.

I offer my sincere thanks!
I wish you and your families a safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

With Passion for Kids,

Erin Reardon Antrim

26th Annual Kids Auction & Gala

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on November 12, 2015

26th Annual Kids Auction & Gala


Our 26th Annual Donald K. Facciano Kids Auction & Gala is almost here! Join us Nov. 14 from 5:30 – 10 p.m., at the Residence Inn by Marriott , 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. The event is the Club’s largest fundraiser. All proceeds help fund programs at our 18 Club sites within Oxnard and Port Hueneme, which serve more than 9,200 youth. Last year, more than 320 attendees helped the Club raise $354,600, and we’re hoping to raise more this year.

The evening includes a gourmet dinner, cocktails and wine, along with silent and live auctions. The live auction is conducted by entertaining auctioneer Jim Jungers. Auction items include vacations to Maui, Ecuador and Taos; jewelry and African photo safari. Attendees can also bid on a VIP experience at Churchill Downs, a full orthodontic case and collectables.

Alexander Buick-GMC-Cadillac is the presenting sponsor of this year’s auction. Other major sponsors include Southern California Edison, S.L. Leonard & Associates, the Port of Hueneme, Bill & Jewel Powell, City National Bank, Learn4Life Concept Charter Schools, Hub International and Oxnard Rotary.

For ticket information, contact Gail Miller at 805-815-4959 ext. 207 or at

Thanks for going “All in For the Kids”

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on November 12, 2015

Thanks for going “All in For the Kids”

Thank you to everyone who came to our “All in For the Kids” Casino Night fundraiser and helped make the night such a success! Close to 165 people attended the September event. We had a variety of casino games, a no-host bar, and prizes such as Las Vegas trips, gift baskets, gift cards and more. We raised more than $12,500 for our 9,200+ members.

The casino night and poker tournament were held at our Martin V. Smith Clubhouse, where we set up 14 gaming tables, including Blackjack, Texas Poker, Poker, Pai Gaw, Let It Ride, Caribbean Stud and Casino War.

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Local bank manager joins Club’s leadership board

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on November 12, 2015

Local bank manager joins Club’s leadership board

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Please help us welcome Derek Swafford, a vice president at Union Bank in Ventura, to our board of directors.

“Derek has strong ties to our community and brings a wealth of banking knowledge with him to our board,” said Erin Antrim, chief executive officer, BGCOP. “We are very excited to work with him.”

A native of Ventura, Derek graduated from Ventura High School and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates to play minor league baseball. After five years of baseball, he decided to attend the Haas School of Business at the University California, Berkley, where he received a degree in business management while playing football. Derek worked for Wells Fargo for 10 years, before taking his current position at Union Bank.

Derek has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievements, and served on the board of directors for the city of Fremont’s Chamber of Commerce.

Come run with us

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on November 12, 2015

Come run with us

2014 trophy

Help us keep the trophy! For a fifth year in a row, the Club is taking part in the Santa to the Sea Charity Challenge. You can help out in one of two ways: Grab your sneakers and join us Dec. 13 for the half marathon and 5K race and/or help us raise money to win the challenge. Last year, our Club raised $6,300, the highest amount of all the participating charities in the Charity Challenge and we brought home the top charity trophy. Help us do even better this year!

Join a team! This year, the Club has designated team captains who will rally their teams to help raise money for the Club.

Team captains are in charge of recruiting participants who are willing and ready to make fundraising their top priority. Team members can include family, coworkers, friends and neighbors—anyone who wants to help and participate. It’s an opportunity to build Club involvement, improve health and have fun!

And the Club is offering plenty of incentives:

  • Raise $1,000 for BGCOP and we will pay your entry fee, and you will receive a dry-fit shirt and a water bottle; plus you are invited to attend a special recognition lunch at the Club.
  • Raise $500 for BGCOP and receive a $25 gift card to Big 5 Sporting Goods and a water bottle; plus you are invited to attend a special recognition lunch at the Club.
  • Raise $100 for BGCOP and receive two movie passes to a local theater.

Funds raised in the Charity Challenge benefit Club programming and activities for the more than 9,200 Club youth served each year at our 18 Club sites.

The Santa to the Sea race takes offers four types of races for people to walk or run: half marathon, two-person relay race, 5k run and a 1k fun run. The organization awards trophies to the team that raises the most money for its charity, and the charity that raises the most money overall.

Help us make the Santa to the Sea a successful event and help BGCOP at the same time!

For more information on joining a team, visit the Santa to the Sea website or paste into your browser.

Gateway to Impact Award

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on November 12, 2015

Gateway to Impact Award

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Accepting the Gateway to Impact Awards (From the left: Terrell Penny; Jaime Zendejas, BGCOP director of operations; Erin Antrim BGCOP CEO; Nancy Mayerson, BGCOP board president; Jim Clark, BGCA president; Greg Siuta, BGCOP board member.)

We are proud to announce that BGCOP received two national awards from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America: 2015 Gateway to Impact gold level award for increased membership and a League of Eagles silver-level award for outstanding board leadership.

The Gateway to Impact award recognizes Boys & Girls Clubs that achieved significant increases in average daily attendance and capacity utilization during the calendar year.

The League of Eagles award goes to Clubs that achieved 90 percent or more of the key performance indicators for strong boards as stated in their 2014 annual reports. The League of Eagles Awards are a key element of BGCA’s Leading Edge 2020 Board Transformation Strategy, which advances new tools training and technical assistance to the board of directors at local Boys & Girls Clubs..

“Our board works very hard to keep our Club running. This kind of recognition shows us we are on the right path and inspires us to continue making strides for our kids,” said Erin Antrim, chief executive officer, BGCOP