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Southern California Gas Co. awards $20,000 grant to Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

BGCOP will use money for its College Bound program

OXNARD —The Southern California Gas Co. presented a $20,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme recently as part of a 2011 Education Initiative, the company reported Tuesday in a media release. The organization will use the grant to support College Bound, an educational enhancement program intended to guide students through the process of graduating from high school and attending college.

“The Southern California Gas Co. is proud to partner with and support organizations that have a positive impact in their communities, like the Boys and Girls Club,” Michele Pettes, Southern California Gas Co.’s Ventura County public affairs manager, stated in a media release.

“We appreciate the generous support of The Gas Co.,” said Tim Blaylock, BGCOP chief professional officer. “We are dedicated to ensuring that all of our community’s children and teens — especially those who need us most — have access to our club’s programs and services to enhance their lives and positively shape their futures.”

The College Bound program is available for low-income, first-generation college-goers, ages 13-18 years. Participants are case-managed and advised on earning their high school diplomas and being accepted into college; the program encourages them through the academic, financial and testing requirements of their chosen school. Emphasis is placed on understanding and obtaining financial aid, grants and scholarships, and includes workshops specifically designed for parents.

For more information about the College Bound program please contact Kimberly Salinas, College Bound Coordinator at 805.483.1118.

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. Programs are based on physical, emotional, cultural and social needs, and are designed to expand participants’ areas of interest. For more information, visit www.positiveplace4kids.org

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