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New York Life Foundation Grants $200,000 to Support After-School All-Stars

Two-Year Grant Supports High School Readiness and Career Exploration Pilot Programs

NEW YORK, N.Y., August 5, 2010 — The New York Life Foundation announced today a two-year, $200,000 grant to After-School All-Stars (ASAS) to support the organization’s We Are Ready℠ middle school to high school transition pilot programs that focus on high school readiness and career exploration. The programs will be piloted in San Antonio and Atlanta in year one with 500 student participants and in San Diego and Orlando in the second year with more than 1,000 students involved.

“Offering programming that helps disadvantaged young people to be successful in high school and prepares them to make informed post high school decisions about careers is a good investment,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “We are pleased to support high-quality, comprehensive after-school programs that are fun for kids and also keep them safe and help them achieve success in school and life.”

“Our primary focus is providing free after-school programs to at-risk middle school students, supporting their successful transition into high school,” said Ben Paul, ASAS president/CEO. “Thanks to the generous support of the New York Life Foundation, ASAS is now creating innovative year-round programs like We Are Ready℠, which will better prepare our middle school students for success in high school, college and beyond.”

The grant enables ASAS to increase the amount of time students spend on academics by about 2.5 additional hours per week. Students will also have more opportunities to interact with business and community leaders and explore different career paths.

There are five components to We Are Ready℠:

  • High school readiness: workshops, expos, field trips, and lectures that demonstrate the realities and expectations of high school and the reasons why high school graduation is so important;
  • Study/organizational skills: teaching of visual, auditory, and tactile methods of studying;
  • Career exploration: providing opportunities that introduce students to diverse professions and showing how their interests can be developed into a career;
  • Family engagement: training parents on various ways to provide support and become involved in their children’s success; and
  • CampUs: to capture students who were not able to participate in We Are Ready℠ during the year, there will be an intensive sleep-away camp during the summer that consolidates an entire year’s worth of We Are Ready into one to two weeks. The camp will be held on a college campus and involve college counselors and high school counselors-in-training.

About After-School All-Stars
Founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1992, After-School All-Stars is the leading national provider of high quality, comprehensive, school-based after-school programs that include academic support, enrichment, and health and physical fitness activities. Assisting 80,000 at-risk youth a year, the organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them achieve in school and in life. Currently, After-School All-Stars operates in 13 U.S. locations: Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose and South Florida. For more information, visit www.afterschoolallstars.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 the Foundation's Web site at www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

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