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New York Life Foundation Awards $150,000 to Support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth in New York and New Jersey

The Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center and The Hetrick-Martin Institute Receive Support

NEW YORK, NY, June 7, 2010 - The New York Life Foundation announced today grants totaling $150,000 to two organizations offering safe places to learn and grow and educational enhancement opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Foundation made a $50,000 grant to the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center and a grant of $100,000 to The Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) serving youth throughout New York City and Newark, New Jersey.

"We are pleased to be announcing our support for these two fine organizations during Gay Pride Month," said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. "Both organizations offer a safe haven where young people, regardless of their sexual orientation, can realize their full potential - academically, socially and emotionally."

"We are deeply appreciative of the support from the New York Life Foundation," said Glennda Testone, executive director of the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center. "On behalf of our young people, we will put this grant to good use developing leadership skills and positive self-expression within the context of a supportive community."

The grant to the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center supports leadership initiatives within their Youth Enrichment Program which provides free after-school, Saturday, and summer programs and activities focusing on the healthy development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people, ages 13-21, who live throughout the New York City metropolitan area.

"The Hetrick-Martin Institute is incredibly grateful and excited to work with the New York Life Foundation to support its after-school and supportive services," said Thomas Krever, executive director of The Hetrick-Martin Institute. "In addition to supporting our services provided in New York City, with the assistance of the Foundation, HMI intends to work with the city of Newark, New Jersey, to provide its first-ever comprehensive after-school program for LGBTQ youth, addressing mental health, health and wellness, academic enrichment and so many other needs. With this support, we will be able to improve the lives of thousands of young people who desperately need these services."

The grant to the Hetrick-Martin Institute will help expand services in Newark where none exist and support educational enhancement activities in New York City. The Hetrick-Martin Institute provides comprehensive academic, career and job enrichment, and supportive services in a safe environment that fosters friendship, learning and acceptance while simultaneously providing youth with the resiliency and life training they need to become stable, successful adults.

About The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center of New York City Established in 1983, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center of New York City builds and supports our community through health, advocacy, and cultural programs; meeting and conference services; referrals and resources; and a safe and welcoming environment. The Center empowers people to live rich, healthy lives and to discover the strength found in community through a wide variety of programs, services and activities. For more information about The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center of New York City and Youth Enrichment Services (YES), please visit www.gaycenter.org.

About The Hetrick-Martin Institute
The Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.

Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin's staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models. To learn more, please visit www.hmi.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 $130 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, 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 www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

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