OXNARD â€” The California Workforce Association awarded Magdalena Carriedo, a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (BGCOP), with the Dwight Brydie Scholarship at its 13th Annual Youth Conference, Jan. 18, in Long Beach, the club reported Tuesday in a media release.
The $1,000 scholarship is named in memory of longtime California Employment Development Department employee Dwight Brydie and encourages educational and workforce advancement for youth planning to continue their education after high school.
One of four winners in Southern California, Carriedo was a participant in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) program at BGCOP. She completed the entrepreneurship program last year by designing a business plan for custom facials and skin care. She graduated a semester early from Oxnard High School in January 2011 and went on to attend Lu Ross Academy and become a licensed aesthetician. After becoming licensed, she also enrolled at Ventura College and is currently a full-time student who plans to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a nursing degree to become a Registered Nurse. Carriedo also currently works full-time at Origins Natural Skin Care.
The main criteria for the scholarship was for youth who excelled in a career program, intend to pursue higher education, and overcame diversity or a personal challenge.
The NFTE program is part of the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) funded by the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County and has operated for seven years. More than 160 Oxnard and Port Hueneme youth received WIB-supported services through NFTE and other programs for education, employment and life-skills training in 2011. For more information, call 805-483-1118, ext. 305.
By involving parents, volunteers, educators and the business community, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme helps youth reach their full potential through a positive environment, lifelong learning and programs dedicated to the arts, education, character and leadership development, health and recreation, the organization reported. Programs are based on physical, emotional, cultural and social needs, and are designed to expand participantsâ€™ areas of interest. For more information, visit www.positiveplace4kids.org