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New York Life Foundation Grants $600,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Three-Year Grant Supports National Child Safety Pilot Initiative

NEW YORK, N.Y., November 6, 2008 — Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announced today that it has received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to support A Safe Place to Learn and Grow, a new initiative that will utilize the most current and relevant child safety ideas, facts, training tools and materials to strengthen the capacity of local Clubs to better protect members (ages 6-18).

“We are grateful to the New York Life Foundation for its support of this new multi-faceted safety initiative,” said Roxanne Spillett, president and chief executive officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “The goal is to empower the more than 4.8 million young people we serve by teaching them how to stay safe when it comes to bullying, online safety and setting personal boundaries.”

"We are pleased to partner with BGCA, which shares our commitment to providing young people with a safe and nurturing environment where they are given education and peer support that enable them to face the challenges associated with today’s uncertain and ever-changing environment,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “The Safe Place to Learn and Grow initiative can give today’s youth the tools they need to handle issues that pose risks to their safety."

The initiative consists of three components: training of leadership and ensuring safe practices at Clubs; developing activities to increase safety awareness; and local implementation.

BGCA selected the following cities to serve as pilot sites for the initiative: Austin, Texas; Sacramento, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Washington, D.C.; and Kansas City, Kansas. Each site will host at least two community events on safety awareness in partnership with the local New York Life General Office. Findings from these sites will be shared at regional conferences to drive the dissemination of materials to the more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs worldwide.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has been changing and saving young lives, providing hope and opportunity for kids who need them most. Today, some 4,300 Clubs serve 4.8 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Known as The Positive Place for Kids, Boys & Girls Clubs can be found all across the country and on U.S. military bases throughout the world. Clubs provide young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. In communities large and small, Clubs help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a recent Harris Survey of Club alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their life. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

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 childhood bereavement, mentoring, safe places to learn and grow, and educational enhancement opportunities. Since 1979, the New York Life Foundation has donated more than $110 million to national and local nonprofit organizations. Please visit the Foundation’s Web site at

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