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New York Life Foundation Grants Over $290,000 To Harlem Educational Activities Fund

Three–Year Grant Expands Summer Program For Middle Schoolers

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 9, 2005 — The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), an educational and youth development organization, announced today that it was awarded a three–year, $290,750 grant from the New York Life Foundation to expand the HEAF Summer Quest Program, a six–week summer academic program for middle schoolers.

"The three–year grant from the New York Life Foundation allows us to prepare more of Harlem's young people to become leaders in their schools and communities," said Danielle Moss Lee, president of HEAF. "The grant expands the Summer Quest Program, which was solely for 7th graders, to include 6th and 8th graders. Summer Quest includes intensive coursework in mathematics, logic and reasoning, and verbal language skills, and prepares students for New York City's Specialized High School Admissions Test."

"We are pleased to partner with HEAF to expand its program, which will now provide more students with the academic tools they need to reach their full potential and gain admittance into New York City's most competitive high schools," said Sy Sternberg, chairman and chief executive officer of New York Life and chairman of the New York Life Foundation.

The Summer Quest Program will operate five days a week. Monday through Thursday students will participate in academic enrichment programs. Mornings will be devoted to required humanities, math and science courses geared to each student's grade level; afternoons will focus on elective courses that include marine biology, law, drama and leadership skills. On Fridays, Summer Quest students will take cultural and recreational trips throughout the metropolitan area.

In addition to expanding the Summer Quest Program to include 6th and 8th graders, the grant provides funding for a final week of residential Academic Boot Camp for 8th graders in preparation for high school.

The Harlem Educational Activities Fund is a comprehensive education and youth development organization that helps public school students from educationally and/or economically disadvantaged communities in Harlem and Washington Heights develop the intellectual and life skills required of tomorrow's global leaders. HEAF identifies students performing at the margin and works with them to shape a vision and path for educational success. HEAF offers young students and their families more than ten years of sequential, age appropriate academic support and youth development services that address the needs and interests of students from middle school through college graduation. For more information, please visit

The New York Life Foundation ( is the major vehicle through which New York Life Insurance Company channels contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its Nurturing the Children initiative, the Foundation supports organizations, programs and services that target young people, particularly in the areas of mentoring, safe places to learn and grow, and educational enhancement opportunities. Through Volunteers for LIFE, its national community involvement initiative, New York Life also encourages volunteer participation by its employees, agents and retirees.

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