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New York Life Foundation Awards $400,000 To College For Every Student

Two-Year Grant Supports Leadership Initiative For Students In Five Underserved Schools In Denver And Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 12, 2009 – College For Every Student (CFES) today announced a two–year, $400,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to support The New York Life National Student Leadership Initiative for students in grades 6–12, in ten underserved middle and/or high schools in two sites – Denver and Washington, D.C. The funds will provide at least 500 high school students with academic and social support to increase their chances of graduating from high school and obtaining a college education.

“This support from the New York Life Foundation will enable our organization to create an innovative, replicable national model for school-based student leadership that will empower students to not only improve their schools and communities, but also to use newly gained skills, abilities and experiences to better prepare themselves for college and active civic engagement,” said Rick Dalton, president, College For Every Student.

“We are pleased to support an initiative that clearly aligns with our interest in enhancing educational opportunities, building selflessness in young people, supporting leadership training and programs in which young people take the lead and determine outcomes, as well as our interest in getting disadvantaged kids ready for, into and successful in college,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation.

CFES has selected the following 10 schools to join the CFES-New York Life National Student Leadership Initiative in Denver: Abraham Lincoln High School, Grant Beacon Middle School, Martin Luther King Jr. Early College High School, Manual High School, Montbello High School, and South High School; and the following in Washington, D.C.: Anacostia High School, Calvin Coolidge High School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and LaSalle-Backus Education Campus.

CFES programs have shown that Leadership through Service activities position students to access and succeed in college and careers. In fact, over the last three years, 93 percent of CFES high school seniors have gone on to college, a rate that is six times the national average for young people in this demographic. And, of the 15,000 CFES Scholars from CFES schools nationwide who participated in 2007-08, 62 percent improved their behavior, 61 percent increased their GPA by two or more percentage points, 58 percent had higher attendance, and 92 percent demonstrated higher educational aspirations.

About College For Every Student

Since its founding in 1991, CFES has helped 140,000 underserved youth in 450 schools nationwide strengthen academic performance, graduate from high school, and pursue college by helping schools empower students and by developing innovative partnerships with colleges and networks with other schools to share best practices. CFES currently serves 15,000 K–12 students in 120 schools and school districts from Boston to Honolulu that partner with 200 colleges. For more information about College For Every Student, visit

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

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