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New York Life Foundation Awards $221,000 To Help Gulf Coast Boys & Girls Clubs Rebuild

Grant Enables Clubs to Replace Eight Computer Labs Destroyed as a Result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

NEW YORK, N.Y., February 5, 2006 - Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the nation’s fastest-growing youth organization now serving more than 4.6 million young people worldwide, announced today that it has received a two-year, $221,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to rebuild “tech center” computer labs at eight Boys & Girls Clubs in the Gulf Coast region.

“This grant from New York Life will provide the most vulnerable victims of the hurricanes and floods with a sense of normalcy,” said Roxanne Spillett, president, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “These New York Life Tech Centers will restore educational services, provide a creative outlet, and most importantly, with the available Internet access, children will be able to connect with other young people around the world.”

“We’re proud to offer our assistance in the aftermath of such devastation,” said Peter Bushyeager, president of the New York Life Foundation. “It is more important than ever to provide children on the Gulf Coast with safe places to learn.”

This grant will replace eight Tech Centers that were destroyed as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The funding will provide software, hardware, installation and support services to return technology services at all Clubs to their to pre-hurricane level. Five sites will receive Club-based New York Life Tech Centers, established in permanent, designated spaces within newly restored or reconstructed facilities. The locations for the New York Life Tech Centers include:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana

  • Boys & Girls Club of West Bank
  • Boys & Girls Club of Slidell
  • Boys & Girls Club of Kenner

    Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast

  • Boys & Girls Club of East Biloxi

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson & George Counties

  • Boys & Girls Club of Gautier

    Three Boys & Girls Club organizations will receive New York Life Mobile Tech Centers for their temporary facilities. When Clubs move to permanent facilities, the Tech Center will be installed in the new spaces.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana

  • Boys & Girls Club of Hammond

    Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast

  • Boys & Girls Club of D’Iberville

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson & George Counties

  • Boys & Girls Club of Jackson

    ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA
    Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) comprises a national network of some 4,000 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving more than 4.6 million young people, in all 50 states and on U.S. military bases worldwide. Known as “The Positive Place for Kids” the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development, education and career exploration, financial literacy, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and family outreach. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

    ABOUT THE NEW YORK LIFE FOUNDATION
    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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