FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2020
Oxnard Union High School District Partners with Local Boys & Girls Clubs to Serve Students and Teachers
OXNARD, Calif.— As part of an effort to respond to barriers in education during the COVID-19 Crisis, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (BGCOP) has entered into partnership with Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD) for the 2020/2021 academic year.
To support teachers, BGCOP has opened clubs on each OUHSD campus, providing a safe and enriching environment for instructor’s children during hours of instruction. This vital support, offered free to all children of teachers, will allow them to focus on the difficult task of leading learning online.
Children at the OUHSD Clubs will have access to the full array of Boys & Girls Clubs programs, including assistance for virtual learning.
OUHSD interim Superintendent Tom McCoy said, “Oxnard Union High School District is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Oxnard and Port Hueneme to provide our Teachers and Staff the opportunity to establish a work/life balance while our campuses and their student’s campuses are closed due to COVID-19.”
Rio Mesa High School teacher Ingrid Brennan is taking advantage of the service. She said, “Teaching online requires a lot of effort and concentration, and I really want to do the best I can for my Rio Mesa students. Having a safe, fun place on campus for my own children to do their schoolwork means I can focus on my own students.”
These unique partnerships are just a single example of how BGCOP has innovated to bring 65 years of youth development expertise to meet the current moment. BGCOP has expanded hours to provide activities form 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse. The Nyeland Acres Clubhouse and Harriet H. Samuelsson are also in full operation. BGCOP’s virtual club provides online instruction to over 1,000 students weekly.
All BGCOP locations are operating under strict new health and safety measures developed in concert with local health officials.
“I am proud of the every person at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme who has dedicated themselves to making sure that every child is safe and has the opportunity to learn.” Said BGCOP CEO Erin Antrim. “We are proud to partner with Oxnard Union High School District to support their faculty.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of America, of which BGCOP is a member, is working closely with Antrim and BGCOP leadership to replicate this partnership across the United States.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme
Established in 1954, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) youth service organization. For 65 years, BGCOP has been serving its mission “to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential, as productive, responsible and caring citizens”. With three full-service clubs, 11 school program sites and two clubs public housing sites, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in California, serving more than 10,400 members annually. It is also the first Boys & Girls Club to open a center in the Juvenile Justice Center. Program areas for youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports/fitness/recreation opportunities. For more information, visit www.bgcop.org
About Oxnard Union High School District
The Oxnard Union High School District is the largest high school district in Ventura County serving some 17,000 students on its campuses in Oxnard, Camarillo and Port Hueneme. OUHSD’s educational community has a heart for kids and believes in the full potential of ALL students. We believe that each student should know their true capacity and believe in their gifts and abilities. To create an enriching environment for students, schools must create a culture of collaboration, listen attentively to students and families, and understand the experience, knowledge, and culture students bring with them to school. We prepare our students
for a high need, high wage career in Ventura County and develop the next generation of leadership in our communities.