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New York Life Foundation Awards $400,000 to Support Girls Inc. Program Expansion to Serve More Middle School Aged Girls

New York Life Foundation Extends Eight-Year Partnership with Girls Inc. and Reaches More than $1.5 Million in Support

NEW YORK, N.Y., August 3, 2011 — The New York Life Foundation today announced a two-year, $400,000 grant to Girls Inc. The funding will support programs in three Girls Inc. affiliates in Alabama, Indiana and New Hampshire, with a goal to serve 10 percent more middle school girls. Girls Inc. has 93 local affiliates nationwide that offer programs to empower girls.

“The grant from the New York Life Foundation will enable Girls Inc. to broaden our reach and serve a wider population of girls at a pivotal time in their lives,” said Judy Vredenburgh, president and chief executive officer of Girls Inc. “Research concludes that dropout prevention strategies could become more effective by targeting the middle school aged students. Our programming helps young girls stay focused on school and builds their leadership skills and self- confidence.”

“Reaching girls during the middle school years is critical to prevent risky behavior in the future. Out-of-school programs, like those provided by Girls Inc., are widely acknowledged as a key factor in mitigating risky behaviors,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “We have the opportunity to help this organization build and expand best practices in service to middle school kids throughout their entire network.”

The affiliates will offer additional hours of programming annually for an approximate total of 210 girls currently being served across the three affiliate locations. The grant will also allow each site to add at least 60 new girls to their programs. Additionally, the grant will fund the development of a manual on how to best serve the middle-school population, which will be distributed to the national Girls Inc. network.

It is expected that 20 affiliates will implement the findings in the first year following the project and that 40 or more will be engaged in five years. Eventually it is expected that the entire network will benefit from this work, serving more middle school girls in multiple markets across the country.

About Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. delivers life-changing programs that inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained professionals, equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 150,000 girls ages 6 - 18 annually at over 1,400 sites in 350 cities across the United States and Canada. Learn more about our programs and advocacy at www.girlsinc.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 $140 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 safe places to learn and grow, educational enhancement opportunities 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.