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New York Life Foundation Grants $300,000 to Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

Grant Given to Support Launch of the Y Roads Center in Jamaica, Queens

NEW YORK, June 5, 2013—Opportunities For A Better Tomorrow, an innovator in the areas of education and workforce training, announced today a two year, $300,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation. The funding will support the launch of the Y Roads Center in Jamaica, Queens, which will provide General Education Development classes, employment training, job placement and mental health counseling to 300 area youth who are neither in school nor working. It is a joint project with the YMCA.

“The support from the New York Life Foundation will give young people access to a wide range of educational, developmental and job readiness assistance,” said Randy Peers, executive director of Opportunities For A Better Tomorrow. “There are many disconnected youths with limited services available for them in Jamaica, and this one-of-a-kind community provides the encouragement they need to recognize their own self-worth and advance toward financial security.”

“We are pleased to help disadvantaged youth become self-sufficient by investing in an innovative and strategic partnership,” said Marlyn Torres, senior program officer of the New York Life Foundation. “By combining the YMCA’s strength as a service provider for disengaged youth with Opportunities For A Better Tomorrow’s proven expertise in academic support, job training and placement, the Y Roads Center gives Queens youth a second chance at life and hope for their futures.”

The Y Roads Center provides comprehensive, integrated social services to disconnected youth using Opportunities For A Better Tomorrow’s successful training program. The 22-week program takes place in a simulated corporate environment and is combined with General Education Development classes and a college access program. It exposes 300 participants to the high standards and demands they will face in the workplace, while offering counseling for those who are experiencing difficulties.

About Opportunities For A Better Tomorrow (OBT)
Founded in 1983, OBT specializes in providing academic and vocational training, empowering women and men from low-income neighborhoods to become self-sufficient with rewarding jobs and futures. OBT is best known for its Youth Education and Job Training Program, which provides business-skills training with integrated GED classes to young adults in a simulated corporate environment. OBT also serves adults with job-training and literacy programs. All trainees receive extensive job-retention support after placement. OBT serves more than 3,500 clients annually and has 55 fulltime employees.

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 $168 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 Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

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