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New York Life Foundation Grants Over $300,000 To Westchester Nonprofits

Foundation Increases Annual Commitment to Westchester with Current Funding to Twelve Local Nonprofits

NEW YORK, N.Y., DECEMBER 17, 2007 – The New York Life Foundation today announced 2007 grants totaling over $300,000 to 12 Westchester nonprofit organizations that target young people, particularly in the areas of mentoring, safe places to learn and grow, and educational enhancement opportunities. This year’s funding builds on the grants totaling $250,000 that were distributed by the New York Life Foundation in Westchester in 2006.

“The Foundation’s funding supports important programs that provide area youth with the resources and services to help them succeed in life,” said Chris Park, president of the New York Life Foundation. “We are pleased to continue our commitment to the Westchester community and exceed our previous annual support of Westchester nonprofits. This year, the impact of our contribution will be felt more than ever.”

The 2007 grant recipients are as follows:

  • Abbott House– $30,000 to fund a year of programming and additional staff for the Bridge Family Program, which brings together homeless, neglected and developmentally disabled youth living in the Abbott House with families who are considering foster parenting or adoption;
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Westchester– $25,000 to increase the staff and equipment necessary in Tarrytown for SkillTech and NetSmartz, programs designed to show children how to use computers and train them in basic technology skills and Internet safety;
  • Child Care Council of Westchester – $63,250 to build on the success of their summer literacy program, Drop Everything and Read, which was also funded by the New York Life Foundation, by expanding the initiative to support 15 yearlong, after-school programs and to include math and science in addition to literacy;
  • Children's Village– $20,000 to support at least 15 additional mentoring relationships which promote social development and improved academic performance in at-risk youth;
  • Groundwork Yonkers– $25,000 to expand Garden Resource Development Program, the first of its kind in Yonkers;
  • Historic Hudson Valley– $19,000 to support their After-School Enrichment Program that offers disadvantaged students hands-on learning, reading, writing and arithmetic in six historic settings that provide children and adults with a better understanding of the past;
  • Jewish Council of Yonkers– $20,000 to expand Reading Buddies, a literacy program that will operate year-round, bringing together senior volunteers, children and their parents at public libraries and helping recently immigrated parents navigate the public school system;
  • RSHM Life Center– $12,500 to support additional teachers and children, computer software, instructional materials and the cost of field trips in the After-School Academic and Cultural Enrichment Program for low-income families;
  • Volunteer Service Bureau Westchester– $23,500 for workshops for local agencies that engage young volunteers;
  • Westchester Jewish Community Services– $22,000 for new after-school programming for Amazing Afternoons and ASPIRE, programs that help improve students’ grades, enhance self-image and social skills, and develop peer relationships that support the learning process; and.
  • YMCA of Tarrytown – $20,000 to fund After-School Enrichment Program Scholarships that will provide low-income families with affordable after-school services that include recreation, academic support and assorted enrichment activities.

Earlier this year the company announced a $25,000 grant to the Greyston Family Inn of Yonkers’ YO Kidz after-school program as part of the annual Awards Program, bringing the full year total in Westchester to more than $300,000. The after-school program serves 35-40 at-risk youth in Yonkers and provides a Junior Achievement business/entrepreneurship program to teach students to use computers and develop business plans, products and marketing plans.

In 2005 and 2006 the Foundation granted $250,000 to Westchester nonprofits supporting underserved youth in the County. The Foundation’s initial $65,000 grant to Westchester nonprofits was announced in October 2004 at the opening ceremonies of New York Life’s Westchester campus. Since the initial donation in 2004, the funds have supported the Nurturing the Children initiative, which focuses on educating, mentoring and providing safe places to learn and grow for children.

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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