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New York Life Foundation Grants $1,000,000 to the American Museum of Natural History

Four-Year Grant Supports Science Education for Underserved New York City Students

NEW YORK, N.Y., October 14 , 2010 - The New York Life Foundation today announced a four-year, $1,000,000 grant to the American Museum of Natural History to extend the Museum's key science education programs for high-achieving students from traditionally underserved communities in New York City. In addition to enhancing the Museum's overall capacity to identify and recruit students from these communities, the grant will also support two highly competitive Museum programs: the Museum Education and Employment Program and the Lang Science and After School Programs.

"We are deeply grateful to the New York Life Foundation for its extraordinary support of the Museum's educational programming," said Ellen V. Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History. "We have long been a proud provider of innovative and successful science programming, and this grant will help us deepen and expand an array of educational initiatives with demonstrated impact on student science literacy, particularly in the city's most underserved communities. As the United States grapples with a crisis in science education, continued support for programs like these will help ensure that all students achieve proficiency in science, a goal that is key to the nation's long-term economic competitiveness."

"This grant will enable the Museum to preserve, strengthen, and grow the educational programs that are so important to its mission at a time when many nonprofits are being challenged economically," said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. "This grant will help deliver important science education to a broader community of young people in New York City. Our support will help transform today's talented students into the scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs of tomorrow."

This multi-year grant supports five components of the Museum's educational programming:

1. Museum Education and Employment Program:
Annual training of 33 young adults, aged 18-21, who will manage tours, lectures, and guided explorations for 75,000 children each summer.

2. Lang Science Program:
Personalized science training and mentorship for 130 underserved students in a multi-year program that begins in sixth grade and continues through their senior year in high school.

3. After-School Program:
Funding for tuition for at least 270 students to participate in a wide variety of after-school science courses held at the Museum.

4. Capacity Building:
Funding to broaden the reach of the Museum's educational initiatives and ensure that learning opportunities are made available to those students who would not otherwise have the opportunity.

5. Measuring Impact:
Funding to support the creation of a new database that will chart student progress from high school graduation through college, graduate school, and - ideally - careers in science-related fields.

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 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 American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to explore and interpret human cultures and the natural world through a wide-reaching program of scientific research, education, and exhibitions. The Museum accomplishes this ambitious goal through its wide-ranging facilities and resources. The institution houses 46 permanent exhibition halls, state-of-the-art research laboratories, one of the largest natural history libraries in the Western Hemisphere, and a permanent collection of more than 32 million specimens and cultural artifacts. To learn more about The American Museum of Natural History, please visit

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