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New York Life Foundation Awards $2,500,000 to Nine New York City Non-profits

Funds Provide Critical Resources and Support to Local Young Adults in Need

NEW YORK, N.Y., August 31, 2010 - The New York Life Foundation announced grants today totaling $2,500,000 to nine New York City non-profit organizations targeting young people, particularly in the areas of mentoring, safe places to learn and grow and educational enhancement.

"Each of these programs effectively assists youth in the New York City area at a critical time in their lives," said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. "We are pleased to provide much-needed funds to enable these groups to support local children."

The non-profits that received the grants are:

  • Bronx Institute at Lehman College/CUNY - $200,000 over two years to support the expansion of the Engaging Latino Communities for Education Program in Math and Science, which helps talented Latino students from the Bronx to prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The grant supports 40 Latino Bronx high school students prepare for competitive colleges and universities;

  • Children For Children - $25,000 for its "Be the Change" program, which helps youth recently released from juvenile detention facilities re-integrate into the community and get involved in community service;

  • Citizen Schools - $400,000 over two years to support its expanded learning time initiative, which expands the school days of middle school students by 30 percent, enabling the students to engage in apprenticeships to learn real-world skills and increase the number of students who participate from 350 to 580 in five schools across New York City;

  • Esperanza - $100,000 over two years to support its Education Initiative, which provides youth on probation with encouragement and support for school attendance and educational responsibility, thus avoiding state placement facilities;

  • Girl Scout Council of Greater New York - $600,000 over three years to support its Career Exploration Program, which helps prepare low-income middle school girls from minority backgrounds for college or vocational education so that they can pursue career opportunities that will bring them fulfilling jobs and create economic self-sufficiency. Five under-resourced middle schools in the Bronx are implementing the Career Exploration program;

  • Good Shepherd Services - $375,000 over three years to support its Aiming High afterschool program in three middle schools for at-risk youth in high poverty areas of the Bronx. Specifically, the program is a leadership, community service, and career exploration initiative that strengthens school engagement and fosters high school preparedness;

  • iMentor - $200,000 over two years to support its high school to college transition mentoring program for 80 students attending the Bronx Prep high school, matching them with mentors who support them as they graduate from high school and transition into their freshman year of college;

  • The After-School Corporation - $400,000 over two years to support the expansion of the Expanded Learning Time / New York City initiative, which expands learning time by at least 35 percent in 10 New York City public and middle schools, with more than 2,300 students enrolled. The goal is to improve students' academic achievement while supporting their healthy social, physical, creative and civic development and responding to the needs of working parents; and

  • The Partnership for Afterschool Education - $200,000 over two years to support the College Prep in Afterschool pilot program which will build the capacity of New York City youth serving agencies and prepare underserved youth for college. The program serves approximately 2,000 children.

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 non-profit 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

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