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New York Life Foundation Grants $200,000 To The League

Support Helps Implement And Expand Service Learning Program In Cleveland And Atlanta

NEW YORK, N.Y., DECEMBER 10, 2008 – The LEAGUE announced that it was awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to expand the organization’s programming that teach young people in Cleveland and Atlanta about philanthropy and civic responsibility.

“The New York Life Foundation is pleased to support programming that build youth leadership through community service,” Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “As a company that believes in being involved in the communities where we live and work, we are glad to partner with the LEAGUE in teaching children about compassion and the rewards that come with giving back to society.”

“We are incredibly grateful to the New York Life Foundation for supporting our efforts,” said Mindy Propper, chief operating officer for The LEAGUE. “The funds will help jump-start the program in both cities and enable us to provide more students with the resources they need to make a difference in their communities and experience the joy of making the world a better place.”

The LEAGUE will appoint a regional director in both cities; establish a 10-15 member broad-based advisory board, engage five schools in year one and ten schools in year two; provide technical support and training to at least 35 teachers in each location each year; and train students to become LEAGUE leaders. They will also develop media partnerships to secure media coverage for LEAGUE events and will market The LEAGUE in the two new markets.

The LEAGUE differs from similar efforts to engage young people in service learning because of its organizational structure and the quality of its curriculum. The LEAGUE is team-based. Every class in The LEAGUE is a team, and every student is a player. Teams are led by classroom-elected student Captains and supported by the school’s Head Coach, who is responsible for its community involvement.

Teachers are the Coaches of their classes and use the on-line education materials developed by the LEAGUE’s curriculum division (Learning To Give) to teach students about service, giving and community in the classroom. The teachers and the students learn how to identify community needs and choose an issue to work on.

Students develop, design, and execute a service project in their community relating to their issue. The Teams earn points for their service, professional development is provided for teachers, and teachers, in turn, train Captains. This program can be tailored for any age group. The LEAGUE K-12 curriculum is coded to meet state standards.

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, educational enhancement opportunities and childhood bereavement. 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 www.newyorklifefoundation.org

About The LEAGUE
Created by a consortium of business, education, government, media, non-profit leaders and youth, The LEAGUE empowers youth to “get in the game” of serving their community and world. The LEAGUE’s school and Web-based programming provides the resources for teachers to engage students in making a positive difference in their community and the world. Joining The LEAGUE is free and simple. Visit www.theleague.org to register, plan events, track points, reward team members, and more. The LEAGUE also provides more than 1,300 lesson plans on giving, service and civic engagement for use in K-12 classrooms nationwide.

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