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New York Life Foundation Grants $240,500 to the Queens Library's New After-School Program

Two-Year Grant Funds Program Providing Free Tutoring and Academic Assistance for Queens Elementary and Middle School Children

NEW YORK, N.Y., October 16, 2006 — The Queens Library Foundation announced today a two-year $240,500 grant from the New York Life Foundation to enhance its Best Out of School Time or “BOOST” library-based after-school program. This grant will support the High School Tutor Program, a new component of BOOST.

BOOST offers comprehensive after-school homework help and gives students opportunities to participate in activities that align with their studies while using library resources. The High School Tutor Program will enable 20 paid teen tutors to provide daily homework help and academic tutoring to approximately 600 children, ages 6-14. In addition, the high school tutors will assist with enrichment activities, encourage academic progress and promote a greater understanding of the library and its resources.

“Through this generous grant from the New York Life Foundation, we can help children of the community who badly need individual academic assistance and encouragement to succeed,” said Diana Chapin, executive director, Queens Library Foundation. “Providing students who cannot afford fee-based after-school services with this critical academic support gives them the building blocks to future success in their careers and in life.”

“We are pleased to fund the new High School Tutor Program, which provides children of low-income families valuable educational assistance,” said Peter Bushyeager, president of the New York Life Foundation. “This grant has a positive impact on the children it serves, the teen tutors, their families and the entire Queens community.”

Tutors are supervised by library staff and are trained through the Queens Library’s Youth Workforce Development Program, an existing on-line work training program. Tutors must be at least 16 years old and maintain at least a B-plus (85) grade point average and will work 15 hours a week.

BOOST serves approximately 2,000 children a day after school and is free to all participants. The program provides a safe, enriching environment for children from low-income families who cannot afford fee-based after-school services for their children.

Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. The Queens Library serves a population of 2.2 million in the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. With a record 20.2 million items in circulation for FY 2006, the library has one of the highest circulations of any public library system in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library Web site at www.queenslibrary.org or phone (718) 990-0700. For information on how to support Queens Library, please contact the Queens Library Foundation at foundation@queenslibrary.org or phone (718) 480-4273.

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. Please visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

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New York Life Foundation Grants $240,500 to the Queens Library's New After-School Program

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