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New York Life Foundation And Police Athletic League Launch PAL Smart In Brooklyn

Three-Year Grant Expands An After-School And Summer Program For Brooklyn Youth

NEW YORK, N.Y., OCTOBER 1, 2007 – The Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Miccio Center in Red Hook, Brooklyn, PAL and New York Life Foundation celebrated the expansion of the PAL Smarts program to Brooklyn. As a result of a generous three-year grant from New York Life Foundation, PAL Smarts will provide first through fourth graders at PAL’s Miccio Center in Red Hook with intensive academic support, enrichment programs and recreational activities such as sports and arts and crafts. Facilitated by certified teachers, PAL Smarts reflects a new approach to parental involvement, skill building in math and literacy, character development, social skills and improving study habits.

PAL Smarts provides students with homework help, every day, from certified teachers, tutors and interns. Recreational and arts activities incorporate literacy and math skills. Children also receive a snack and participate in fun activities including yoga, athletics and dance to encourage socialization and team building. “We thank New York Life Foundation for helping us expand our efforts to comprehensively challenge our children by building their academic and social skills through their critical developmental years. We are pleased to build on 50 years of excellence at the PAL Miccio Center with this program,” said Felix A. Urrutia, Jr., Executive Director, Police Athletic League.

Before an audience of PAL children, parents and friends, New York Life Foundation President Chris Park said, “The best part of my job is seeing the wonderful programs our funding supports. Providing the children of Red Hook a safe, supervised place to learn and play is an area that New York Life Foundation is passionate about and these are the type of programs we put our resources behind.”

Over the past seven years, New York Life Foundation has supported PAL’s early education programs by providing over one million dollars in funding. After the ribbon cutting, Ms. Park toured the classrooms and discussed the initiative with children and staff members.

Parental involvement, a key component of the program, was represented by Ivory Ellison, PAL Smarts Parent Coordinator. Ms. Ellison will provide advice and support to parents, helping them to work more effectively with their children on academic skills and gain the knowledge they need to advocate for their children at school. By involving their children, these parents have committed to participating in at least two monthly workshops, meeting other parents through social and volunteer activities and supporting their children by attending special events. To ensure that their children secure the academic help they need, parents will provide PAL Smarts with report cards and test scores, assisting instructors in targeting daily homework help.

Founded in 1914, the mission of the Police Athletic League is to help develop and protect New York City children during their critical development years using education, recreation, socialization and the arts to inspire them to lead meaningful and productive lives. For additional information,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. Since 1979, the New York Life Foundation has donated more than $100 million to national and local non-profit organizations. Please visit the Foundation’s Web site at

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