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New York Life Foundation Grants More Than $400,000 to Westchester Nonprofits

Foundation Support of Westchester Nonprofits Reaches More Than $2 Million Since 2004

NEW YORK, N.Y., December 28, 2011 – The New York Life Foundation announced grants totaling more than $400,000 to ten Westchester nonprofit organizations that target young people, particularly in the areas of safe places to learn and grow and educational enhancement. The Foundation has given grants totaling $2 million to Westchester-based nonprofits since 2004, when New York Life’s Westchester campus opened.

“The New York Life Foundation is proud to invest in these organizations that provide an opportunity for disadvantaged youth in Westchester to get the attention they need to become productive citizens and responsible adults,” said Maria Collins, assistant vice president, New York Life Foundation. “These organizations teach life skills and offer resources and hands-on experiences that are improving the quality of life of hundreds of children and their families in Westchester.”

The grant recipients are:

  • Family Services Center of Westchester — $50,000 to support Launching Pad, a new initiative to help vulnerable, disadvantaged youth lacking access to resources and a supportive transition out of group residences and foster care to independent living;
  • Greyston Foundation — $50,000 to support Leaders of the Future, which will serve approximately 50 mainly Latino children ages five to fifteen. The program provides a secure, educational and fun space for children during after-school hours and the summer;
  • Groundwork Hudson Valley — $35,000 to support the Science Barge Internship Program, which provides NYL Foundation Grants More Than $400,000 to Westchester Nonprofits 15 at-risk students with an in-depth, hands-on learning experience about alternative technologies and current environmental themes;
  • RSHM LIFE Center — $50,000 to support the Center’s After-School Program for 102 at-risk, mainly Hispanic students in kindergarten through the sixth grade in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. The program’s goal is to bridge the educational divide by providing English-language development, homework assistance, computer access and instruction, enrichment activities and supervised recreation;
  • The Jewish Council of Yonkers - Westchester Community Partners — $35,000 to support the Introduction to America Program, which addresses the challenges faced by at least 30 new immigrants entering Yonkers High School with few English-language skills;
  • The Volunteer Center of United Way — $25,000 to support the Youth Volunteer Engagement Program, which trains youth and matches them with community service projects that provide hands-on experience in leadership, project management and team building;
  • The Youth Shelter Program of Westchester — $50,000 to support the Safe Alternatives for Youth Project, which provides a residential alternative to incarceration for at-risk male youth, ages 16-21, who have been charged with offenses in Westchester County criminal courts; and
  • Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers — $30,000 to support ten students from Mount Vernon High School in the Eight-Year Full Circle Teacher Preparation Model, which ensures that high-need, at-risk students graduate high school, enter college on scholarships, graduate with degrees and return to their communities as highly effective teachers.
  • In addition, the following received the second installment in what were announced last year as multi-year grants:

    • Project Morry — $25,000 to support its year-round youth development programs focusing on increasing social skills, enhancing self-esteem, instilling positive core values and personal responsibility that provides each child a multi-year commitment anchored by a residential summer camp; and
    • Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE) — $50,000 to support the College and Career Access Centers at Roosevelt and Gorton High Schools by extending their hours of operation and providing college guidance and career access services to close to 1,000 high school students.

    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