New York Life Foundation Grants $400,000 to the After-School Corporation
New Grant Adds to the $400,000 Grant Given in 2010
NEW YORK, N.Y., October 26, 2012 – The After-School Corporation (TASC) announced today that it has received a two-year, $400,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation. The grant will help TASC implement its expanded learning time “whole school” model in five of their ExpandED Schools—public elementary and middle schools that work with TASC to expand the time and ways students learn—in Brooklyn and Manhattan, serving approximately 1,900 students.
“The funding we received from the New York Life Foundation supports our mission of helping to give all kids expanded learning opportunities that support, educate and inspire them,” said TASC President Lucy N. Friedman. “The most disadvantaged kids in this country have the fewest opportunities to keep learning when the conventional school day and year end. We are dedicated to reversing that inequality and giving every student a fighting chance to succeed, and the New York Life Foundation is helping us get closer to our goal.”
“We partnered with TASC because they are dedicated to closing opportunity and achievement gaps by providing a framework for educators and communities to reinvent the school day,” said Marlyn Torres, senior program officer of the New York Life Foundation. “Like TASC, we want more kids to have the opportunity to learn beyond traditional school hours by participating in enriching learning experiences that also help working families.”
New York Life Foundation’s previous grant of $400,000 in 2010 supported a pilot that enabled TASC to convert one of the ExpandED Schools sites to a “whole school” model site, where all the students attending that school participated in the expanded learning time program, including those students with special needs. TASC provides ExpandED Schools with funding, professional development, and technical assistance to build an active, balanced learning day that gives students approximately 35 percent more learning time (nearly three more hours) a day at an additional cost of only 10 percent.
In Brooklyn, P.S. 89 - Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation; P.S. 186 - NIA Community Services Network; and Young Scholars’ Academy for Discovery and Exploration - University Settlement are participating. Manhattan schools include P.S. 188 - Educational Alliance and Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School - Abyssinian Development Corporation.
Founded in 1998, TASC is a nonprofit organization helping urban schools give students more time and a wider range of opportunities to learn so that everyone can succeed. TASC was one of the first nonprofit organizations in the nation that set out to build a citywide after-school system. TASC created a model for sustainable after-school programs operated by community organizations that could be scaled to serve large numbers of students in New York City public schools. Through its support of ExpandED Schools, which add three hours of learning to the traditional school day, TASC gives educators and communities a promising way to reinvent schools that are struggling to deliver on the promise of public education. For more information, visit www.expandedschools.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.newyorklifefoundation.org.