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New York Life Foundation Awards $150,000 To Six Local Nonprofits Providing Educational Enhancement For Youth

2009 Awards Program Recognizes New York City And Westchester Nonprofits That Prepare Young People For Higher Education And The Workplace

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 13, 2009 – The New York Life Foundation announced $150,000 in grants to winners of the 2009 Awards Program and honored the six recipient organizations at a luncheon ceremony. Representing Westchester County and each of the five boroughs of New York City, the winning organizations each received a $25,000 award for implementing model programs.

Each year, the New York Life Foundation’s Awards Program focuses on a different aspect of its Nurturing the Children initiative; this year, it is recognizing nonprofits that prepare young people for higher education and the workplace and equip them to be responsible citizens.

“We are pleased to recognize these six organizations for their dedication to transforming the lives of the young people in their local communities,” said Chris Park, president, New York Foundation. “With limited budgets and resources these nonprofits provide life changing educational and civic engagement programs that offer youth a better future for themselves and their families.”

The nonprofits and the programs that received the Award are as follows:

  • Bronx: Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice – Education for Liberation;
  • Brooklyn: Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective – Power Sisters Academy;
  • Manhattan: Reciprocity Foundation – Design Your Future;
  • Queens: South Asian Youth Action – Academic and College Preparation;
  • Staten Island: Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York – H.O.P.E.; and
  • Westchester County: Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers – Mt. Vernon High School.

The Awards are presented annually to recognize programs that support one of the following categories within the Foundation’s Nurturing the Children initiative: Mentoring, Educational Enhancement and Safe Places to Learn and Grow. To qualify for consideration, the six nonprofits must have an operating budget that does not exceed $5 million.

Pictured, left to right are: Ronette Short, Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective; Christopher Perry, Staten Island, Boys Hope Girls Hope; Tyescha Anglada, Bronx, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice; Adamma Anayhie, Boys Hope Girls Hope; Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation; Juan Carlos Ruiz, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice; Muntasir Sattar, Queens, South Asian Youth Action; Jessica Hilton-Reader, Westchester, Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers; Annetta Seecharan, South Asian Youth Action; Dr. Bettye Perkins, Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers; Philip Langer, Boys Hope Girls Hope; Benita Miller, Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective; and Adam Bucko, Manhattan, Reciprocity Foundation.

About The New York Life Foundation
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 non-profit organizations. Please visit the Foundation’s Web site at

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New York Life Foundation Awards $150,000 To Six Local Nonprofits Providing Educational Enhancement For Youth

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