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The New York Life Foundation Awards Safe Space a $300,000 Multi-Year Grant To Support "The Space" Youth Center

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 4, 2012 – Safe Space, a Southeast Queens-based social services agency committed to helping at-risk children and families secure a better future, has received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation. With this critical funding, Safe Space anticipates doubling the number of youth served annually within the two-year grant period. These funds will be used to support expanded programming for youth and young adults in the new larger Jamaica Youth Center location, near the agency’s headquarters.

Marlyn Torres, assistant vice president, New York Life Foundation, states, "We are proud to support Safe Space’s comprehensive after-school programs for disadvantaged teens living in Queens. These programs create a stronger academic foundation to support learning and also help build leadership skills and confidence."

"No component of our services is more critical than investing in the potential and possibilities of our youth,” says Christine Molnar, Safe Space CEO and president. “We are extremely grateful to the New York Life Foundation for the significant investment they are making in providing safe and productive programming to help instill thousands of at-risk young people in Jamaica with the hope, confidence and tools they need to simultaneously expand their horizons and expectations of themselves."

"The Space" Jamaica Youth Center was initially opened in July 2010 and currently serves nearly 800 youth annually. It provides a safe environment for kids to receive counseling and support; socialize with friends; attend a variety of educational, creative arts and life skills workshops; use computers to complete homework; and participate in community service projects. It serves as a crucial link to other educational and social service resources and provides one of the only safe havens and specialized services centers for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in Southeast Queens.

About Safe Space

Safe Space annually helps more than 14,000 individuals, including some of the most disadvantaged children and families in New York state. It provides a broad spectrum of integrated direct services designed to strengthen families, build self-sufficiency and guide them towards productive futures, including comprehensive mental health, community health, at-risk youth, family support and school partnership programs. For more information, please visit their Web site at www.safespacenyc.org.

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.

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