The Boys & Girls Clubs of America recently honored the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme with a national merit award for program excellence. The Club also received $2,500. BGCOP won an award in the Education and Career Development category for its SeaPerch Program.
The award was presented during Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 112th National Conference in San Diego. Merit Awards for Program Excellence, are sponsored by MetLife Foundation and presented annually for outstanding programs developed and implemented to lead youth to great futures at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.
“Every day our staff works hard and is passionate about what they do. This kind of recognition shows us we’re on the right path and encourages us to continue building community partnerships and strengthen them as we provide the right kind of opportunities for our youth,” said Erin Antrim, chief executive officer, BGCOP.
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips Club staff and members with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. In partnership with the United States Navy, BGCOP members build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides members with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, members will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.
Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages members to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles. Members learn important engineering and design skills and are exposed to all the exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean, and marine engineering.
Each year, before the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national conference, hundreds of award entries are submitted in five core program areas: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation; as well as in the three overall program areas: Best Overall Program by organizational Budget (as it pertains to your Club’s annual budget amount) – less than $500,000 or more than $500,000; Best Overall Participation and Regular Attendance; and Innovations in Safety.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (BGCOP) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) youth service organization. BGCOP’s 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.” Services are provided in three freestanding clubhouses in Oxnard and Port Hueneme which include a dedicated Teen Center, 12 public school program sites, one club site in Nyeland Acres, one site at a Squires Public Housing, and the first Boys & Girls Club in a juvenile hall in the State of California. The purpose of BGCOP is to provide social, educational and recreational programs to all youth ages 6-18 years old, with an emphasis on those in underserved areas. Annual member dues is $20.00 however, no one is turned away regardless of ability to pay. Over 10,400 youth and teens are served annually. For more information, to get involved or to donate, please visit www.BGCOP.org.
The California Chamber of Commerce today added SB 993 (Hertzberg) to its job killer list, bringing the total number of job killers to 28. The latest bill will be considered as a special order of business in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on May 16.
SB 993 (Hertzberg; D-Van Nuys) would impose a 3% tax on services purchased by businesses in California. CalChamber has identified SB 993 as a job killer because it adds another layer of taxes onto California companies, raising costs, and puts them at a competitive disadvantage.
According to CalChamber’s analysis, SB 993 would increase the cost of doing business in an already costly state by taxing most of the services used by businesses, including those necessary for day-to-day operations, like accounting or janitorial services.
Additionally, SB 993 would make an already complex tax system even more costly and challenging for California businesses to navigate.
The negative impacts of SB 993 will hit small businesses the hardest. Although the bill has a limited exemption from this tax increase for certain small businesses, it certainly does not protect all of them. Small businesses depend on the services included under SB 993 to conduct their operations. While larger businesses will be able to avoid paying taxes on certain services by bringing them in-house, most small businesses will not be able to do so. The burden of complying with this new tax will also be more challenging for small businesses that provide services – as they likely have limited resources to set up a new tax system within their companies. Additionally, such small businesses could suffer a loss of customers and revenue due to higher prices for their services.
Even though SB 993 focuses on business-to-business transactions, and attempts to avoid raising taxes on individuals – this bill would increase the costs of producing and selling goods here in California. These costs would ultimately be passed on to consumers – with the higher prices disproportionately impacting working families, CalChamber’s letter states.
SB 993 will be heard in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on May 16.
Only 22 job killer bills remain alive; To view the job killer list, visit www.cajobkillers.com.
For up-to-date information on the job killer list, follow @CAJobKillers on Twitter.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD
“Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement”
It is my honor to serve as Chair of the Board for the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce. For 110 years, the Oxnard Chamber has served as a catalyst for business growth, as the convener for leaders and influencers, and the champion for stronger communities.
Our team, in concert with our nearly 500 members, works to promote the business and economic well-being of our diverse community to benefit enterprises, big and small, through advocacy, services and education, business exposure, and promotional opportunities. Our main objectives are to: represent the interest of business with government; encourage a strong local economy; promote the community; advocate political action and provide promotional opportunities and networking for our members.
One of my favorite programs offered by the Chamber is the Oxnard Leadership program. Growing local leaders to serve on boards, committees, and potentially serve as elected officials, is one of the most important tasks we as a community have. I’m proud of the high-quality leadership series our Chamber has developed and would encourage you to consider enrolling employees in this worthwhile program.
Participants in the Oxnard Leadership program receive a comprehensive overview of the Oxnard area – its realities, opportunities and challenges. Sessions move to various locations throughout the Oxnard area and provide students with a unique opportunity to meet key business and government leaders who play integral roles in the region by way of tours, panels, and speakers. Class speakers address, not only the facts, but also perspectives, challenges, and opportunities in highly interactive sessions. (For more information, please call 805-983-6118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
I would encourage you to reach out to me with any suggestions, questions or ideas you may have that would benefit our business community. I look forward to working with each of you in the months ahead.
Congratulations to Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin on the unanimous vote of support for her legislation to help employers curb sexual harassment cases. AB 2770 passed out of the Assembly with full support of both Democrats and Republicans on May 7. The bill will enable businesses to avoid hiring repeat sexual harassment offenders, ending the cycle of harassment in industries across California.
The bill also protects employees from defamation lawsuits for reporting sexual harassment allegations to employers or official agencies.
Alleged harassers are not only suing victims, but also filing suit against employers for defamation. Such lawsuits put employers in an impossible position as they have an affirmative duty to take reasonable steps to prevent and promptly correct harassment.
Worse, if the alleged harasser’s employment is then terminated, or the alleged harasser resigns, employers are put in an even more difficult position. The company has knowledge of the harassing activity and yet its hands are tied.
If the company tells a potential employer that the employee was accused of harassing conduct, the company is on the hook for a defamation claim. If the company stays silent, the harassers are then free to victimize more individuals at their next job without anyone at the new company ever knowing about the unacceptable behavior.
By addressing this situation, AB 2770 will reduce frivolous lawsuits and allow an employer to use the financial resources that would have been diverted to litigation to grow its workforce instead.
AB 2770 will be heard in the Senate before (hopefully!) becoming law.
The bill was sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce and supported by employer groups and local chambers of commerce throughout the state.
Thank you, Assemblymember Irwin!!
Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is excited to announce the first annual comedy night fundraiser, Jokes for Jobs, to be held at Levity Live in Oxnard on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Goodwill's Workforce Programs, which provide vocational and educational opportunities to eliminate barriers to employment for community members such as veterans, at-risk youth, people with disabilities, and individuals with a criminal background in need of a second chance. We work to place our clients in jobs out in the community, not just at Goodwill. We believe in the inherent value of work and the concept that people deserve the opportunity to reach their maximum potential and the highest level of self-sufficiency.
Goodwill's Workforce Programs provide case management, career planning, customer service training and testing, paid work experience, job placement, and various workshops on job readiness.
Tickets for Jokes for Jobs start at $25 and can be purchased at levitylive.com or by contacting Alex Renteria at (805) 890-3460. VIP Sponsorships are available for $400 and include a table for four, priority admission, four drinks, an appetizer platter, and your company logo displayed up front during the event in recognition of your generous support. For more information on the event or our programs, please call (805) 981-0130.