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New York Life Foundation Awards Over $400,000 To Support Girls Incorporated National Programs

Grant Combines New Starts Project with Latina Initiative

NEW YORK, N.Y., March 15, 2006 — Girls Incorporated, a national nonprofit that inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold, announced today that it is being awarded a two–year, $400,300 grant from the New York Life Foundation to establish seven new Girls Inc. member organizations in areas with large or growing populations of Hispanic girls.

"This grant will, for the first time, enable us to unite our effort to establish new sites and ensure that they can meet the demand to serve populations with distinct needs and concerns," said Joyce M. Roche, president and chief executive officer of Girls Inc. "We are grateful for the New York Life Foundation's investment in this unique initiative to expand our reach, broaden our exposure and maximize our ability to assist growing populations."

"We are proud to help Girls Inc. serve new communities and offer outstanding leadership programs to more girls nationwide," said Peter Bushyeager, president of the New York Life Foundation.

The grant combines two Girls Inc. initiatives — the New Starts Project and the Latina Initiative — and will help the organization meet the growing demand for leadership programs that serve girls while providing member organizations with the curriculum, training, technical assistance and support needed to effectively serve Hispanic girls, the organization's fastest growing service population.

This grant will establish eight new Girls Inc. member organizations over the next two years with priority given to the following cities: Austin, Tex.; Baltimore, Md.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Okemos, Mich.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Tucson, Ariz., Northern New Jersey and Westchester County, N.Y. Outreach and programming for Latinas will be a key component of the new sites' organizational development.

With roots dating to 1864 and national status since 1945, Girls Inc. (www.girlsinc.org) has responded to the changing needs of girls through research–based programs and public education efforts that empower girls to understand, value, and assert their rights. The organization's programs focus on science, math and technology, health and sexuality, economic and financial literacy, sports skills, leadership and advocacy, and media literacy for girls aged 6 to 18.

The New York Life Foundation (www.newyorklifefoundation.org) 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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