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New York Life Foundation Awards $318,000 To City Year New York To Provide In-School And After-School Support

Underserved Local Elementary School Receives Grant For Team Sponsorship Program

NEW YORK, N.Y., DECEMBER 5, 2007 – City Year New York announced today that it has received a three-year, $318,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to support their Team Sponsorship Program at P.S. 154 in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. The Team Sponsorship Program will offer elementary school students in-school tutoring and mentoring, literacy intervention, library initiatives, civic-based lunch clubs and an educational enrichment service-based after-school program.

“This generous grant from the New York Life Foundation will give nearly 500 elementary school students the opportunity to improve their academic skills and participate in social enrichment programs that affect the community in a constructive way,” said Itai Dinour, executive director, City Year. “We are grateful for the New York Life Foundation’s investment in this program, which will have a lasting effect on the entire community.”

"We are proud to fund a program that will allow young students to receive the support they need to improve academically and gain a sense of civic responsibility,” said Christine Park, president of the New York Life Foundation. “The Foundation’s support will enable City Year to provide the children of Hunts Point with personal, meaningful help and a chance to help their community.”

City Year identified Hunts Point as a community in need because statistics indicate 48.9 percent of children under the age of 18 live in poverty.

The City Year Team Sponsorship Program supports teams of 10-12 Corps Members at specific schools. These Corps Members begin their service in September and are assigned communities and school partnerships where they work Monday through Thursday. With support of the Department of Education, the Corps Members work directly with school administration, staff, and students to provide an all-day school presence that includes support in-school, after school and in the community.

About City Year New York
City Year’s mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. City Year unites diverse young leaders, aged 17-24, for a year of full-time community service, leadership development and civic engagement. Corps Members make a 1,700 hour commitment over 10 months. In return, Corps Members receive a small weekly stipend and at the end of their service, they receive an education award to be used to further their education. Founded in Boston in 1988, more than 1,000 young people have contributed 15 million hours of service in seventeen cities and have engaged almost a million Americans in volunteer service to their communities. The Corp has helped 1,060,000 children since it began. Please visit City Year’s Web site at www.cityyear.org

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. 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 www.newyorklifefoundation.org

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