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New York Life Foundation Grants $1 Million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America

NEW YORK, August 1, 2013—The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announced today that it has received a four-year, $1 million grant from the New York Life Foundation. The funding supports BGCA’s Great Futures Campaign for America’s Kids, with a focus on the nonprofit’s academic success strategy and goal of helping reduce the high school dropout rate by half in the next five years.

“We’re continuing our long-standing relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America by investing in programs and outreach efforts that achieve measurable impact on academic success,” said Chris Park, president of the New York Life Foundation. “We are pleased to support BGCA’s Great Futures Campaign, which assists academically challenged youth along the continuum to success.”

“The Great Futures Campaign illustrates our deep commitment to assuring that success is within reach of every child who enters our Club doors. With help from generous partners like the New York Life Foundation, which has supported our mission for many years, success means more young people graduating from high school with a plan for the future,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

In addition to addressing high school graduation rates, New York Life Foundation’s funding will support other key components of BGCA’s Great Futures academic success strategy that are focused on equipping more Clubs and partnering with public education to provide expanded learning opportunities through after-school and summer programs. The Great Futures academic success strategy priorities include:

  • Eliminating summer learning loss;
  • Ensuring successful transitions to middle and high school;
  • Preparing youth for college and career success with 21st century skills; and
  • Developing innovative leaders of tomorrow through world-class science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

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.