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New York Life Foundation Awards $600,000 To Schomburg Center’s Junior Scholars Program

Grant Empowers Youth With Knowledge Of Their African–American Heritage

NEW YORK, N.Y., December 21, 2005 — The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of the world's leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African experience, announced a three–year, $600,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation. This grant supports the Junior Scholar Program, a weekly educational program that helps students between the ages of 11 and 17 broaden their knowledge of African–American history and culture, and prepare for successful careers.

Howard Dodson, director of the Schomburg Center, said, "The New York Life Foundation has not only partnered with us to create this vital program for African–American youth, they have continued their support with this multi–year grant that allows us to be able to improve the activities we can provide. The Junior Scholars Program has served approximately 725 young adults, giving them the opportunity to learn the histories and cultures of African and African–American people in a compelling and stimulating way."

Peter Bushyeager, president of the New York Life Foundation, said, "We are pleased to continue to support a program that provides young adults with the opportunity to experience excellent cultural and educational programming on a weekly basis. Together, the Schomburg Center and the Foundation have developed an innovative program that empowers many young people by helping to develop their leadership skills and encourages them to have a positive impact on their community."

The Junior Scholars Program includes workshops, special events, tutoring/mentoring and forums featuring successful African–American professionals. The program, which helps to prepare African–American youth to pursue intellectual and entrepreneurial careers and instructs students in the histories and culture of people of African–American descent worldwide, convenes on Saturdays from October through June from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Schomburg Center. A four–year, $1.16 million New York Life Foundation grant established the Junior Scholars Program in December 2001.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located in Harlem, in New York City, is a national research library devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world. One of four research centers of The New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center is the permanent repository of resources that, in many instances, were at risk of being hidden away, destroyed or lost forever. Its collections are shared with the public through exhibitions, publications and educational, scholarly and cultural programs.

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.

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