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New York Life Foundation Grants $400,000 To The National Summer Learning Association

Grant Helps Increase Summer Learning Opportunities for Low-Income Youth

NEW YORK, N.Y., January 25, 2011 - The New York Life Foundation announced today a two-year $400,000 grant to support the National Summer Learning Association, with the goal of increasing quality and availability of summer learning opportunities for low-income middle and high school age youth.

"This support from the New York Life Foundation will make it possible for us to identify and share important best practices for summer programs that serve middle and high school youth," said Matthew Boulay, interim chief executive officer of the National Summer Learning Association. "There is a critical shortage of high-quality summer learning opportunities for this age group."

"The National Summer Learning Association has a stellar national and local reputation and their mission aligns with our focus of providing educational enhancements for disadvantaged youth," said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. "We are proud to help support the Association's goal of increasing the quality and availability of summer learning opportunities for low-income middle and high school age youth."

The Association is the only national organization focused exclusively on expanding high-quality summer learning opportunities for youth in low-income communities. It serves as a network hub for thousands of summer learning program providers and stakeholders across the country, providing tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation.

The National Summer Learning Association will work in collaboration with two strong and proactive local intermediary organizations - New Day for Learning in San Francisco and D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation - to engage 14 summer program providers in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., in a professional learning community.

About The National Summer Learning Association

The mission of the National Summer Learning Association is to connect and equip schools and community organizations to deliver quality summer learning programs to our nation's youth to help close the achievement gap and support healthy development. The organization serves as a network hub for thousands of summer learning program providers and stakeholders across the country, providing tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation. For more information, visit http://www.summerlearning.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.