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Addison Club Kids Kick Off Spring Adventure
This month, a group of 5th graders from our Addison Center had a chance to experience nature first-hand. Groups lead by Branch Manager, Diana Garcia, had a chance to trek through the beautiful steps and trails of the Ventura Botanic Garden. For many of the kids, this was their first time visiting, despite living in Ventura or living only blocks away.  Upon arrival, many of the kids were amazed by the variety of plant life, including chaparral and lupines.  In the midst of the excitement of the moment, the kids made a keen observation that the recent abundance of rain must have played a big role in the amount of beautiful flowers that were present.  They also had a chance to learn about the emergence of the unusual California wildflower bloom, which they were excited to know could be seen from space.  One of our kids put it best, “how cool it was to be up here experiencing nature all around us !!”  In addition, some high points included plant identification and learning about different species indigenous to California.  Beyond the natural beauty of the Garden, everyone also had the chance to eat lunch together against the scenic Ventura cityscape and enjoy the city from a little bit of a different vantage point.
In other news, Addison kids also had a chance to get some sun and sea breeze at Marina Beach.  The beach known for its marooned pirate ship, zip line and miles of park and sand, made it a favorite destination for many of the kids.  Among those who participated, many had also mentioned that they had never been to the beach before. They really enjoyed playing in the sand and watching the waves as they crackled against the shoreline.  What a great way to kick off the warmer seasons!!
Job Seeking Teens Take Part in Spring Career Fairs

Our teens sharpened their interviewing skills, while also meeting with a bevy of recruiters, as they took part in multiple career fairs which occurred across the county this past month.  Teens from our Johnson Dr. and Olive Clubs, attended the Ventura County College’s Career and Job Expo, which took place April 13.  Meanwhile, on April 18th, teens from Saticoy and Oakview Clubs attended the Cal State Channel Islands Career & Internship Fair.   Both events intended to connect young people with potential employers for the purpose of securing jobs and internships, while also introducing kids to a variety of occupations that may help them in the career exploration process.  The fair which included 40 different agencies seeking out new job seekers, included young teens and also former members of Boys and Girls Club.  The expos were seen as a great opportunity for many of our kids.   E.J. Harrison Center, Branch Director, Elizabeth Claudio, put it best “Being part of such an elite group of young people, who are looking forward to establishing themselves in their future careers is part of the satisfaction we get from working with kids and ensuring their future.”
Sneak Peek This May 
Additional upcoming experiences for our kids include: a field trip to Moxi – a hands on science museum; silly science programs, reptile families, our annual surfing program (supported by Ventura Surf Club) and an opportunity for vision screening through Vision to Learn.  Tune in next month to learn more.

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