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New York Life Foundation Provides More Than $1 Million In Recent Grants To Westchester And New York City Nonprofits

Foundation Continues Commitment to Westchester and New York City with Current Funding

NEW YORK, N.Y., OCTOBER 16, 2008 – In it’s continued effort to support local non-profits, The New York Life Foundation announced additional grants totaling over $1.1 million to nine Westchester and seven New York City nonprofit organizations that target young people, particularly in the areas of mentoring, safe places to learn and grow, and educational enhancement.

“We are pleased to fund organizations that are a positive influence on area youth and their families,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “We are committed to funding programs providing resources and services that offer a helping hand for children in need.”

The 2008 Westchester grant recipients are as follows:

  • Cardinal McCloskey Services — $20,000 to establish DIRECTIONS Life Skills Program, which prepares approximately 30 to 40 teens who have suffered abuse for adulthood through character development and life skills education, counseling and hands-on experiences attuned to their individual needs;
  • Child Care Council of Westchester — $23,100 for the Building Math, Literacy and Science in School Age After School Program, which will provide up to 500 children from low-income families with intensive, math, literacy and science after-school programming;
  • Family Services of Westchester — $40,000 over two years to support the ongoing work of the Junior Youth Council, which encourages thousands of youth, ages 10-14, from to become involved in their communities through service and advocacy;
  • Greyston Family Inn of Yonkers — $50,000 over two years to support the Alternative Pathways for Young Adults program, which addresses educational attainment and workforce development for youth who are at risk of or have already dropped out of school;
  • Hudson River Museum of Westchester — $25,000 to support the Junior Docent Program, which provides opportunities for underserved junior high and high school students in Yonkers to develop leadership, interpersonal, and job readiness skills through after-school training sessions and weekend work;
  • National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) — $20,000 to support the growth of the NFTE Fairchester Region program, which teaches entrepreneurship to young people from low-income communities and helps improve their business, academic and life skills;
  • Project Morry — $30,000 to support a year-round youth development organization focusing on increasing social skills, enhancing self-esteem, instilling positive core values and a greater sense of personal responsibility that provides each child a multi-year commitment anchored by residential summer camp experience;
  • White Plains Library Foundation — $25,000 to support the creation of a reading workshop, “Raising Readers,” for parents and a reading clinic for parents and children as well as the enhancement of the after-school program to focus on attracting more 4th -6th graders by offering challenging enrichment programs and opportunities to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally; and
  • Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE) — $60,000 over two years to support the College and Career Access Center at Roosevelt High School by extending its hours of operation to 18 hours per week and provide college guidance and career access services to an additional 644 high school students – including juniors and seniors ineligible for services under the current federal grant.

The additional 2008 New York City grant recipients include:

  • The Center for Court Innovation — $200,000 over two years to support the Queens Engagement Strategies for Teens (QUEST) program, an alternative-to-detention program for young people involved in delinquency proceedings in Queens Family Court;
  • Christian Herald Association — $51,000 to allow 69 children from lower income communities in grades 1 – 6 from Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx to attend Kids With A Promise’s summer sleep-away camp;
  • Coalition for the Homeless — $35,000 to support the launch of the Junior Leadership Program, a new year-round program helping homeless teens to develop a sense of community and build the skills and confidence to succeed in school and in life and the addition of a Child Advocate to the Crisis Intervention staff to help provide targeted services to homeless children while their parents navigate the emergency shelter system;
  • Fund For Public Schools — $250,000 to support a pilot project creating a school-wide performance bonus program for teachers to drive achievement for New York City’s highest needs students;
  • New York Public Library — $140,000 to support children’s programming at six community "hub" libraries in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. Hub libraries have extended hours, expanded services, larger collections and host a variety of programming. Each hub supports a network of 8-12 smaller neighborhood libraries. The children's programs at the six hub libraries will reach over 25,000 children and their parents;
  • Safe Space — $100,000 to support the enhancement of the preventive services of the Children and Family Services division of the agency to improve programs that help prevent child abuse and neglect and improve foster care placement for over 1,000 children and their families in the high-need Queens communities of Far Rockaway, Jamaica, and Richmond Hill; and;
  • Women In Need — $75,000 to support the Homework Helpers Program, which provides academic enrichment to homeless children and bridges in-school and after-school activities; fosters parental involvement; and promotes an environment that is stable, encourages self-worth, and teaches needed skills.

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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