Oxnard’s Irene Pinkard may have answer to help make HS grads more employable

By George Miller

On this segment (4-22-15) of the Good Morning Oxnard Show- George Miller, Publisher of CitizensJournal.us interviews Dr. Irene Pinkard of Pinkard Youth Institute. She is a former Oxnard City Councilwoman, Mayor Pro-Tem and mayoral candidate, as well as a respected educator. Dr. Pinkard has coordinated and spearheads the African American Leadership Academy that involves a partnership with Pinkard Youth Institute, Cal State Channel Islands (CSUCI) and the Oxnard Union High School District.

The two-year old program has the avowed purpose of helping students to be successful in school, work and life. 

– Privately funded (no expense to public). Uses volunteers and existing facilities.

– Provides students with local organization internships and cash stipends at NO cost to employers or public.

– Teaches basic skills to enhance employability- how to seek employment, dress, behave, talk, write, fill out applications, follow-up, while job hunting and working. Also money management, anger management/coping skills. Future: etiquette?

– Can currently accommodate up to 25 students, 10-15 is typical.

The Good Morning Oxnard show is recorded most Wednesday mornings (usually available as video on demand on kadytv.net within a couple of days), offering local personalities, issues and events- Hyper-local news, in the KADYTV tradition!   Past shows archived on the web site and via Citizensjournal.us.



Video: 4-22-15 Good Morning Oxnard Irene Pinkard interview on Pinkard Youth Institute


For more information on the program, how to enroll students, how to help and/or donate:




PO Box 52211, Oxnard, CA  93031

Looking for businesses to take young people to learn how to work effectively


The Pinkard website adds:

Help youth to develop:
  • Pride in his/her work and achievements
  • Self-understanding
  • Feeling of positive self-worth, security, and self-assurance
  • Skills to think and reason logically
  • Ability to make sound decisions
In doing so, youth will learn how to apply critical thinking, decision-making and problem solving skills to life situations and recognize that there are multiple ways and strategies to solve problems.In summary, it is the goal of PINKARD YOUTH INSTITUE to get youth to identify their strengths and determine how to utilize them for the betterment of their community.


This week’s show location:


Tomas Cafe, main dining room

Show venue was Tomas Cafe. Food was good, place is roomy & squeaky clean, with an extra banquet room.  Menu: viewmenu.com

622 South A Street, Oxnard, CA 93030
ph: 8054836633, fax: 8054834439
tomascafe2001@yahoo.com  http://tomascafe.com/








George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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