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New York Life Foundation Grants $75,000 to Cardinal McCloskey Community Services

NEW YORK, N.Y., January 11, 2013 — Cardinal McCloskey Community Services, a social service agency that provides an array of services to more than 10,000 children, families and developmentally disabled adults in the Bronx, Manhattan, Rockland and Westchester counties, announced today they received a $75,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation. The grant will support the organization’s Strategies for Success program (SFS) which provides academic support and assistance to middle and high school students from the Bronx and Manhattan who are in the foster care system.

“The Foundation is pleased to support a program that helps improve the educational outcomes of youth in foster care,” said Marlyn Torres, senior program officer of the New York Life Foundation.

“We are grateful to the New York Life Foundation for supporting a program that improves the lives of New York City’s foster youth,” said Beth Finnerty, president and CEO of Cardinal McCloskey Community Services. “For children who have very little stability in their lives, education can provide a much needed foundation.”

The SFS program provides focused educational guidance counseling and tutoring services tailored to the special needs and challenges of foster care youth. The program is designed to improve attendance and school performance despite the challenging circumstances children in foster care face. Each student develops an individual educational plan with staff that outlines the steps required to reach their goals. The program specifically offers guidance regarding academic performance and curriculum requirements, assists in the high school selection process, provides help with the transition to high school and explains graduation requirements, and provides group or individual counseling and advisement throughout.

Data compiled from a sampling of teens who have participated in the program from 2008 through 2011 showed the following results:

  • 88% of youngsters who completed individual counseling were admitted to the high school of their choice;
  • 69% of students had attendance problems before Strategies and 43.6% of these students improved their attendance by participating in the program; and
  • Half of the students had failing grades prior to Strategies, and after providing targeted help, all of these students had passing grades.

About Cardinal McCloskey Community Services
With locations throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester and Rockland counties, Cardinal McCloskey Community Services is a member of the Catholic Charities Federation, with close to 1,000 employees and nearly $65 million in annual revenue. In addition to foster care, CMCS provides early childhood education through Head Start and Day Care Programs and provides homes and services to developmentally disabled adults. To learn more, please visit www.cmcs.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.

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