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New York Life Foundation Grants $25,000 To Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Community Center

Grant Funds Youth Enrichment Services for New York City Area Teens

NEW YORK, N.Y., August 26, 2008 – The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center announced that they received a $25,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation. The grant supports the Youth Enrichment Services (YES) community-building program that provides free after-school, Saturday activities and summer programs focusing on the healthy development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people, ages 13-21, who live throughout the greater New York City metropolitan area.

“We are deeply appreciative of the support from the New York Life Foundation,” said Richard Burns, executive director, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. “This partnership will enable the Center to continue to offer programs like YES that provide opportunities for leadership, skills development, and self-expression within the context of a supportive community.”

“We are pleased to support a program that fosters healthy development of these young adults in an inclusive, welcoming environment,” said Chris Park, president, the New York Life Foundation. “Our funding will enable the YES program to continue to empower LGBTQ youth through activity-based programming, support groups and peer leadership development.”

A growing body of research shows that LGBTQ youth are subjected to high rates of hostility, harassment and violence at school, and that the experience of being such a target is correlated with high dropout and truancy rates, substance abuse, risk of contracting HIV, and other self-harming behaviors.

Six thousand people visit the Center each week, reflecting the ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic diversity of New York City. The YES program continues to see an increase in young people and at younger ages than ever before, coming through the doors looking for a safe haven. Since 1989, YES has been providing leadership development and skill building programs, substance abuse/HIV/AIDS prevention services, and comprehensive health promotion to LGBTQ youth, including individual counseling; peer support groups; and interpersonal and self-efficacy skill-building and leadership development.

Information, education and referrals on the full range of issues affecting young LGBTQ persons is an essential and critical core component of all YES services. YES also provides critical support to young people in the foster care system who are aging out and need a network of support and care in order to succeed as adults.

About The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center of New York City
Established in 1983, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center of New York City builds and supports our community through health, advocacy, and cultural programs; meeting and conference services; referrals and resources; and a safe and welcoming environment. The Center empowers people to live rich, healthy lives and to discover the strength found in community through a wide variety of programs, services and activities. For more information about The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center of New York City and Youth Enrichment Services (YES), please visit www.gaycenter.org for more information.

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 www.newyorklifefoundation.org for more information.

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