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The New York Life Foundation Awards $400,000 Grant To The YMCA Of Greater New York

Funding Completes the Expansion of Y After School Academy

NEW YORK, N.Y., August 20, 2012 – The New York Life Foundation announced today a two-year, $400,000 grant to the YMCA of Greater New York to complete the expansion of the Y After School Academy program, an enhanced afterschool curriculum. The program is currently offered at 60 sites throughout the five boroughs of New York and serves more than 6,000 children. The grant will enable the Y to expand the program to 13 more sites, reaching 1,300 additional children.

"We want to thank the New York Life Foundation for the recent funding that will help us to complete the transition of this enhanced after school curriculum program to all school-based sites. The Foundation has been a strong supporter of the Y After School Academy program since 2009 and we appreciate their partnership,” said Jack Lund, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York. "This grant will enable more children to engage in critical thinking skills, get assistance with homework, socialize with each other, and form long-lasting friendships that enhance their development, growth and self-confidence."

"We are proud to help the YMCA of Greater New York bring the Y After School Academy to more New York City children,” said Marlyn Torres, senior program officer of the New York Life Foundation. “It is a safe after school alternative for children that supplements what is taught in schools as it builds competence and confidence. It provides a safe place for kids after school and helps build their competence and confidence in many areas."

Children attend the Y After School Academy program on site in their public schools for three hours after each regular school day, for a total of 15 hours per week, extending learning time by 50 percent.

Each Academy incorporates seven key learning components—literacy, arts, math, science, service learning, cultural diversity, and health and fitness—while concentrating on one theme for a 10-week field of study. In project-oriented Academies, students practice basic life skills (e.g. problem solving) and take part in developing program activities. Academy participants engage in small group, large group and individual projects working toward a common culminating project, stressing the importance of teamwork and cooperation.

About the New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided more than $155 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on "Nurturing the Children," the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Life program. To learn more, please visit the Foundation's Web site at www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

About the YMCA of Greater New York

The YMCA of Greater New York is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves New York City's health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In scores of neighborhoods across the five boroughs and its camp upstate, the Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower more than 400,000 New Yorkers to learn, grow and thrive. Visit ymcanyc.org.

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