Ross Opens Doors to Great Futures

Every year, nearly 4 million young people are served by Boys & Girls Clubs. To celebrate these extraordinary efforts, Ross Stores, Inc. (NYSE: FDO) announced that it is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) with a four-week program called, “Open the Door to Great Futures.” Beginning Feb. 7, Ross customers in Pacifica and South San Francisco can make a monetary contribution at checkout to be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County this February. Participating locations are Pacifica (Linda Mar Shopping Center), Daly City (Westlake Shopping Center), and Daly City (Gellert Blvd.).

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“Ross is committed to supporting the youth in the communities we serve,” said Gary Cribb, executive vice president, Stores and Loss Prevention for Ross Stores, Inc. “In the month of February, we invite our customers to join us in donating to the Power Hour program to help youth develop the study skills they need to excel in their studies and beyond.”

Chief Executive Officer Aubrey Merriman noted: “This effort by Ross demonstrates their deep commitment to give back to our community. Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County is fortunate to partner with Ross stores in Linda Mar, Westlake and Gellert Blvd. Together, we’ll demonstrate the impact of contributing to our own community.”

Campaign Facts:

  • Ross stores invite customers to give at the register during the month of February to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • 100% of proceeds raised at each store will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Every $3 donation helps provide one hour of homework help for a Club youth
  • $15 helps keep a kid safe after school today

About Ross

Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2014 revenues of $11.0 billion. The Company operates Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with almost 1,300 locations in 34 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day. The Company also operates approximately 170 dd’s DISCOUNTS® in 15 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices every day. Additional information is available at

About Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County serves over 2,500 children and youth each year at 6 sites in Pacifica and South San Francisco. The Club’s vision is that every child achieves academic success and has developed a plan for the future, every child is physically active every day, and every child as a positive sense of self.

In Pacifica, over 200 members attend the afterschool program at the Yosemite Drive Clubhouse each year. Club staff provide homework help, sports and arts programs, seasonal day camps, and digital media classes in the Rent-A-Center Technology Center. At Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School, over 300 students participate in 10 different after school sports, receive homework support, and drop-in at the Clubhouse on campus where they can receive free healthy snacks daily.

The Club Welcomes our New CEO, Aubrey Merriman!

Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County is very pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Aubrey Merriman as their new Chief Executive Officer. Aubrey is a proven leader who is known for his compassion, vision and significant accomplishments. Aubrey brings to the Club a wealth of skills and expertise gained over the course of an exemplary career in nonprofit management, as well as demonstrated passion for the Boys & Girls Clubs Movement, borne out of his upbringing as a Club kid and former Youth of the Year.

“Aubrey embodies many of the qualities that will help take the Club to the next level– he’s collaborative and listens well, he can mentor, inspire, and he’s well-respected. We are confident that Aubrey will be an excellent spokesman and relationship-builder for the Club–a great ‘face’ for the organization in the community.” — Bruce Wright, Board Chair, Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County

Before his appointment of Chief Executive Officer, Aubrey was the Executive Director of Summer Search Silicon Valley from 2013-2015. Prior to this role, Aubrey spent over twelve years with Special Olympics Northern California. Aubrey was one of 15 researchers from throughout the country selected to attend the prestigious Community Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Aubrey later moved to the Bay Area and accepted the Executive Director’s position with Camp Fire in 1999. In 2001, Aubrey accepted the position as the Silicon Valley Regional Vice President for Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada. Aubrey worked his way up to Chief Development Officer managing local vision, field offices, resource development programs and initiatives throughout Northern California and Nevada.

Aubrey graduated summa cum laude from Hawaii Pacific University with a BA in psychology and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Hawaii with an MSW.

Motivated by a deep commitment to the transformation that happens in the lives of young people through the Boys & Girls Club experience, Aubrey has built his career around helping others. Aubrey’s role in leading the Club is grounded in the belief that everyone has unique potential, and our call is to help one another find it. Aubrey appreciates that this work of inspiring and igniting young people to step into their most full potential is best served by challenging himself and the staff to do the same.

“My passion for supporting young people to reach their highest potential is informed by my personal experience with the Boys & Girls Clubs’ youth development programs that transformed my own adolescence. It is a privilege and a pleasure to return to the Club.” — Aubrey Merriman

Christmas with Torani

Torani’s annual holiday visit has become a beloved tradition for Boys & Girls Club kids. This year, they led our members in arts & crafts, brought delicious treats, and even coordinated a visit from Santa Claus himself. We’re so grateful to have Torani as part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County’s family!

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For more photos, check out our album on Facebook.

Sunshine Gardens Leaders Honor Teachers with Gifts

Today at the Sunshine Gardens Elementary School Clubhouse, our club fifth grade leaders surprised teachers and came into their holiday party bearing gifts. The principal and teachers were all smiles and were delighted to receive their rainbow soups! We wish all of the teachers and staff a Happy Holiday season!

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Many Thanks to Genentech!

We would like to thank our friends and family at Genentech for being one of our biggest supporters with today’s grant donation of $10,000! Without companies like Genentech the club would not be able to open it’s doors. We salute them for their ongoing contributions to our youth and teens!!! Happy Holidays!!!

If you and your company would like to contribute to our future generation, contact Jamila at 650.589.7090 ext. 11

Club Kids Clean Up Oyster Point

Last week, over twenty Club kids from the Paradise Valley Clubhouse went to Oyster Point and participated in a cleanup day sponsored by the South San Francisco Fire Department.

Check out what Tom Carney from the South San Francisco Fire Department had to say about the Club’s service activity.

Club Kids at the Bay Area Science Fair

Members of the Club’s Tech Builders program participated in the Bay Area Science Fair at AT&T Park on November 8th. Together with members from Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club, our kids led Discovery Day participants in a soldering project. Check out the video below!

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Posted by SSF Intel Computer Clubhouse on Sunday, November 8, 2015

Alta Loma Clubhouse Members Make the Grade!

We’re incredibly proud to introduce this year’s First Semester Honor Roll students at the Alta Loma Middle School Clubhouse! 3 of our kids, pictured with red seals on their certificates, earned a 4.0 GPA.

Thanks to programs like Power Hour, the Club’s academic hour, these members are excelling in school and having an amazing time at the Clubhouse.

BGC Teens Volunteer at Glide Memorial


On October 21st, 2015 several students from the Teen Center hopped on Bart and headed down to San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood to participate in a service learning field trip where we served food at the world famous Glide Memorial. It was an awesome experience and a chance for our youth to give back and serve others in need. Westborough Sixth Grader Xander Vasquez said the following about his experience at Glide:

The trip to Glide Memorial was a blast. It made me feel grateful for what I have and the life that I’m privileged with. I got to meet new people and serve food. I met a man who served our country and lost his leg and had his recovery run him dry. We talked and I got to learn a little bit about him. I served in the “Coffee Box” which was a room where the disabled ate. At the end of the day, I feel good and I know I’ve helped a few people today.

To see more photos, visit the Teen Center’s tumblr.

Highlights from Spring Day Camp 2015

Last week, our Spring Day Camp brought together over 50 kids from our South San Francisco clubhouses. Youth enjoyed a wide range of activities, including arts & crafts, academic hour, and a special EGGStravaganza. Field trips included the Redwood City Library (recognized as one of the top libraries in the nation) and the San Francisco Zoo. Our Spring Campers had a blast making new friends, enjoying the great weather, and going on adventures.

Fun & Games at the Club

 Visiting the Redwood City Library

A trip to the San Francisco Zoo


Club Youth Send Flowers to Magnolia Center Seniors

TorchClub_2010_article_logoAt the Boys & Girls Club, we strive to carry out our mission of inspiring and enabling youth to realize their full potential and contribute to their community. Torch Club, one of the main leadership opportunities for youth at the Club, is one way that we teach members the importance of acts of kindness and service to others.

For the month of February, the Torch Club chapter at the Orange Park Clubhouse decided to raise money to buy Valentine’s Day flowers for the seniors at the Magnolia Center in South San Francisco. The flowers arrived in time for the Magnolia Center’s annual Valentine’s Day luncheon. As you can see in the photos below, everyone was thrilled to receive them.

Torch Club members preparing flower bouquets


Seniors at the Magnolia Center’s Valentine’s Day Luncheon