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New York Life Foundation Grants $300,000 To Westchester Nonprofits In 2009

Foundation Support of Westchester Reaches Over $1.4 Million Since 2004

NEW YORK, N.Y., October 14, 2009 -The New York Life Foundation announced grants totaling $300,000 to seven Westchester nonprofit organizations that target young people, particularly in the areas of mentoring, safe places to learn and grow, childhood bereavement and educational enhancement. The New York Life Foundation has given grants totaling $1.47 million to Westchester-based nonprofits since 2004, when New York Life's Westchester campus opened.

"It is especially gratifying during these economically challenging times to fund these organizations that provide a better quality of life to area youth and their families," said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. "We remain committed to funding programs that are a stable presence in the lives of at-risk children and their families."

The new 2009 Westchester grant recipients are:

  • Historic Hudson Valley$25,000 to support and expand their After-School Enrichment Program that offers 60 disadvantaged students from the Mark Twain public middle school in Yonkers, N.Y., hands-on learning in historic settings, providing a better understanding of the past;
  • Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA)— $35,000 to support the Mentoring Program for 14 youth ages 7-21 as part of CCA’s Residential Program.  The funding will directly support the mentor coordinator who manages the mentor program; 
  • Jewish Council of Yonkers (JCY)— $25,000 to support the Intergenerational Literacy Programs that creatively address the needs of hundreds of students throughout Westchester County to improve their academic skills by using older adults in the community as tutors and mentors;
  • Port Chester Carver Center— $25,000 in support of the after school and summer programs for Latino and African-American children of lower-income families;
  • The Guidance Center — $50,000 over two years to build and expand the workforce program at The Career Center for Teens, serving youth ages 14-19 who live in unstable family environments and lack work experience or work skills;
  • The Volunteer Center of Westchester — $40,000 to support the expansion of the Youth Volunteer Engagement Program, which promotes volunteerism by educating and recruiting youth and matching them with projects; and
  • Westhab — $25,000 to support the Elm Street Neighborhood Center’s Safe Haven Afterschool Program which serves 100 at-risk 5 to 12-year-old children in the underserved Nodine Hill neighborhood of southwest Yonkers. 

In addition, the following received the second installment in what was announced last year as multi-year grants:

  • Family Services of Westchester — $20,000 to support the ongoing work of the Junior Youth Council, which encourages thousands of youth, ages 10 to 14, to become involved in their communities through service and advocacy;
  • Greyston Family Inn of Yonkers$25,000 to support the Alternative Pathways for Young Adults program, which addresses educational and work skills for youth who are at risk of or have already dropped out of school; and
  • Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE) — $30,000 to support the College and Career Access Center at Roosevelt High School by extending its hours of operation to 18 hours per week and provide college guidance and career access services to 644 high school students – including juniors and seniors ineligible for services under the current federal grant. 

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 $120 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 mentoring, the establishment 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 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 $120 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 mentoring, the establishment 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 www.newyorklifefoundation.org

 

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