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New York Life Foundation Grants $100,000 To Outward Bound

Grant Supports Educational Programs for Underserved Youth

NEW YORK, N.Y., January 14, 2011 — The New York Life Foundation today announced a $100,000 grant to Outward Bound to support educational programs for underserved youth through their established centers in Philadelphia and San Francisco and a pilot program in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

“Outward Bound provides young people with the opportunity to learn self-reliance, leadership, teamwork and compassion,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “The New York Life Foundation is pleased to assist Outward Bound in their mission to help young adults achieve their full potential and develop the leadership skills needed to be successful in life.”

“The New York Life Foundation’s investment will allow us to enhance existing programs and expand our programming to include participants in new communities,” said Kim Bailey, Outward Bound’s vice president of centers and strategy. “This grant will help to provide innovative programs that present educational and skill-building alternatives for young people, encourage them to discover their inner strengths, and help them translate challenging life experiences into positive personal achievements.”

Outward Bound is a well-respected organization known for challenging people to go beyond their perceived limits, in both wilderness and urban settings. Outward Bound’s expeditions build teamwork and self- confidence. While their legacy is programming in the wilderness, Outward Bound recently added more programming in urban communities to serve more students closer to home. Their goal continues to be to challenge participants to reach goals they may not have imagined setting for themselves, to build relationships and problem-solving skills, and to enhance self-esteem. Now Outward Bound is building programs in partnership with schools, designed to fit the participants and their communities. While the programs continue to have an environmental component, additional learning is built in through program reflection, service learning and leadership development.

The New York Life Foundation funding will support:

Outward Bound Philadelphia

Mastery Charter Schools - Shoemaker Campus (MCSSC) is a growing network of charter public middle and high schools that prepare underserved youth for success in higher education and the global economy. The goal of the full-school-year partnership with MCSSC is to have every student and teacher in the school participate in Outward Bound programs so that they collectively develop and adopt a set of values that set the tone for positive school culture while building a common language for effective communication.

Outward Bound Bay Area

The program at Mission High is designed to give students the opportunity to build character, with particular emphasis on exploring culture, identity, diversity, social justice, social responsibility and healthy living. In the next academic year, Outward Bound and Mission High are planning to include at least half of the freshmen, with the goal of serving all of them as soon as feasible.

Outward Bound Twin Cities

Outward Bound Twin Cities is partnering with River’s Edge Academy and Nawayee Center School in St. Paul and Minneapolis to explore different program models serving 60-80 students per school.

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

About Outward Bound

Outward Bound, founded in 1941 by educator Kurt Hahn, is a non-profit educational organization that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that focus on character development, leadership and service.

Outward Bound inspires self-discovery and helps individuals and teams achieve their potential and develop the leadership skills needed to serve others in their community and care for the world around them. Outward Bound serves 70,000 students annually and has a nationwide community of more than 1 million people. To learn more, please visit