Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago announces its partnership with Ross Stores, Inc., to support the Clubs' Power Hour program, an interactive after-school homework assistance program for members, ages 6 to 18.
Nationally, three out of ten youth will not graduate from high school on time, oftentimes due to serious challenges they face personally and academically. Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago 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 its dedication to supporting academic success for youth in our community and communities nationwide," said Alicia T. Vega, Vice President of Youth Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. "We know that regular participation in out-of-school-time educational programs like Power Hour can help address the high school dropout crisis and bridge the achievement gap for our youth."
The partnership with Ross Stores will assist in making the program a more effective tool to keep members on top of their academic studies as well as provide Clubs with staff training and resources. Additionally, local Ross store employees will have an opportunity to volunteer their time at Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.
"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 youth 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, promoting all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future.