Boys and Girls Club of El Paso partners with Ross stores for afterschool program

Boys and Girls Club of El Paso partners with Ross stores for afterschool program
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Positively El Paso
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 3:39pm

The Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) of El Paso has announced a partnership with Ross Stores, Inc. to help support the BGC's Power Hour program which is an interactive after school homework assistance program for 6-18 year old students in El Paso.

The BGC says that nationally, three out of ten students will not graduate high school on time, most often because of personal or academic hardships. Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso's Power Hour program offers the opportunity for Club staff to support youth in developing a positive attitude about learning while emphasizing the importance of high school graduation.

"The generous support from Ross Stores shows their dedication to supporting academic success for youth in our community and communities nationwide," said Arturo Jaime, BGC El Paso - CPO. "We know that regular participation in out-of-school-time educational programs, like Power Hour, can help in addressing the high school dropout crisis and bridge the achievement gap for our youth."

BGC says the partnership with Ross Stores will assist in making the Power Hour program a more effective tool to keep members on top of their academic studies as well as provide the Club with staff training and resources. Additionally, local Ross store employees will have an opportunity to volunteer their time at Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso.

"Supporting the local communities we serve is an important focus for us", said Gary Cribb, Executive Vice President, Stores and Loss Prevention for Ross Stores. "The Power Hour program provides youths the opportunity to learn and develop skills enabling them to be successful in their studies."

Power Hour is one of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's top national programs supporting academic success. It is the organization's vision to assure success is within reach of every young person who enters the doors of a Club, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future.

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