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New York Life Foundation Grants $238,000 To Outward Bound

Grant Supports Grieving Teens in Five Regions

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 8, 2012 – The New York Life Foundation has awarded Outward Bound a $238,000 grant to support Heroic Journey, a program specifically designed for teens coping with the death of a loved one. This funding will support Heroic Journey programs this summer in Atlanta, Denver, Massachusetts, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Philadelphia.

"The investment from the New York Life Foundation will help more grieving teens, many of whom are unable to afford the program, to get grief and peer support as they participate in a life-changing journey of self-discovery,” said Geoff Scott, Outward Bound’s group programs director. “Heroic Journey enables grieving teens to develop a supportive peer network as they express themselves in ways they couldn’t before the program. They learn to apply lessons learned from the experience to their daily lives when they return home. The experience helps them develop and practice coping skills."

"The challenging courses the Heroic Journey program provides are symbolic of the difficult road these teens must travel after the death of a loved one,” said Chris Park, president of the New York Life Foundation. “We are pleased to support a program where grieving teens realize they aren’t alone and they can discover inner strengths that have a lasting effect after the wilderness adventure ends."

Heroic Journey is a seven-day program that may involve canoeing, hiking, or climbing. Program participation gives young people the opportunity to challenge themselves physically and mentally, practice coping skills, and build a network of friends who have had similar loss, decreasing their feelings of isolation.

About Outward Bound

Founded in Great Britain in 1941, Outward Bound (OB) has been a leader in providing educational experiences worldwide ever since. One million students have been served in the United States since it began here in 1962. OB challenges people of all ages and backgrounds through active learning expeditions that inspire character development, leadership and service. For more information, please visit www.outwardbound.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.newyorklife.com/foundation.

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