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New York Life Foundation Grants $500,000 to Horizons National

Grant will expand K-8 enrichment program through high school

NEW YORK, August 14, 2013—Horizons National, a network of high-quality academic enrichment programs serving low-income public schools, announced a three-year, $500,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation. The grant supports the development and pilot of a comprehensive high school program that will build on the organization’s successful K-8 programs and create a model for replication by the organization’s 34 affiliate sites in 13 states across the country.

“We are grateful to The New York Foundation for helping us provide exceptional learning opportunities that offer a brighter tomorrow to high school students nationwide,” expresses Horizons National CEO Lorna Smith. “The grant will allow us to extend support to our students, preparing them for new challenges and ensuring they are equipped with the academic background, habits, and life skills necessary for success in high school.”

“We are pleased to fund Horizons programs because they transform the lives of students caught in the achievement gap–giving them the tools and foundation to become successful and confident college-bound students,” said Maria Collins, senior program officer, New York Life Foundation. “Horizons recognized the need to expand their support and resources to help children succeed in high school and beyond and we are proud to help them improve the lives of hundreds of students with this grant.”

Horizons National will work with affiliate sites currently running high school programs to implement adaptable programming that will become a model for all Horizons sites. The program will track student metrics including PSAT/SAT scores and high school graduation and college enrollment rates. It will include college prep workshops, financial literacy classes, and group discussions on peer pressure, substance abuse, and gangs.

Over the three years of funding, the pilot will run at nine sites serving approximately 1,000 students, more than 90 percent of whom are African American and Hispanic. Each of the sites is based at an independent school, which offers summer academic enrichment programs and other year-round support for low-income students from nearby public schools. In its first year, the new initiative will involve three sites:

  • Horizons at New Canaan Country School serving students from Norwalk and Stamford, Conn.
  • Horizons at Green Farms Academy serving students from Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Horizons at The Salisbury School serving students from Wicomico County Public Schools.
About Horizons National

Horizons National is a network of high-quality academic enrichment programs serving low-income public school students in partnership with independent schools, colleges, and universities. Its signature summer from Kindergarten through their elementary and secondary school years. The project-based educational model blends academics with cultural enrichment and confidence-building activities like swimming, arts, and sports. With 34 sites in 13 states and growing, Horizons helps students achieve consistent summer gains in reading and math, enabling students to return to school in the fall better prepared, more motivated to learn, and more engaged in their futures. For more information, visit

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