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New York Life Foundation Grants $400,000 To New Visions For Public Schools

Two-Year Grant Helps Launch Campaign for College and Career Readiness
in New York City

NEW YORK, N.Y., August 14, 2008 – New Visions For Public Schools announced that it was awarded a two–year, $400,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to launch the Campaign for College and Career Readiness initiative in New York City’s five boroughs. The initiative will provide at least 1,000 parents and 50 school personnel with critical information to ensure that over 7,000 ninth graders are on track for graduation and have the essential skills to be college–ready. Data suggests that if students don’t earn at least 11 credits in the ninth grade, they are at high risk for dropping out.

“We are grateful to the New York Life Foundation for supporting our efforts to dramatically increase high school graduation rates among students who have been traditionally underserved by the system,” said Robert Hughes, president of New Visions for Public Schools. “This grant will allow us to sustain the progress we’ve made and continue our ability to help students understand that college is possible. They will reach their full potential as we establish a model to spread this message throughout schools in the New York City public school system.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the New York Life Foundation to support a successful, innovative organization in public education reform by initiating systemic change in a direct and practical way,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation.

The Campaign for College and Career Readiness initiative consists of three mutually reinforcing components: increasing parental engagement, developing community resources, and tracking student progress. The grant supports these components in the following ways:

  • The New York Life Foundation grant will enable New Visions to increase parental engagement, the first component of the initiative, by offering 50 parent coordinator training sessions. Following training, the parent coordinators can educate parents of ninth graders on how to use New Visions’ student data tools and the Ninth Grade College Readiness Guide. In addition, New Visions will develop a bilingual workshop that educates parents about key college readiness benchmarks and resources, including graduation requirements, required ninth-grade courses and skills.

    The workshops, which will be offered to 1,000 parents across all five boroughs, will provide advice to parents on how to keep their children on track for success in college and/or success in a career. New Visions will also provide parents with a series of publications in English and Spanish to explain the role they play in supporting their children’s’ college readiness.

  • To help reach the goal of developing community resources, New Visions will help initiate the development of school–community data driven action plans to accelerate the schools’ progress towards college readiness.

  • And, to better track student progress, the third component of the initiative, New Visions will partner with the City University of New York (CUNY) to develop a database to document and analyze information about how students perform in their post–secondary experience at CUNY. A large number of New York City high school students attend CUNY schools. This database will be the first of its kind in New York City.

About New Visions for Public Schools
New Visions for Public Schools, founded in 1989, is the largest education reform organization dedicated to improving the quality of education children receive in New York City’s public schools. Working with the public and private sectors, New Visions develops programs and policies to energize teaching and learning and to raise the level of student achievement. For more information about New Visions for Public Schools, please visit, http://www.newvisions.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 nonprofit organizations. Please visit the Foundation’s Web site at http://www.newyorklife.com/foundation/

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