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Why do we focus on middle school transitions?

Students who begin high school well prepared are four times as likely to graduate and achieve post-secondary success. Yet the middle school years can be an especially challenging time period for students. Despite the clear need to provide better support to this vulnerable age group, in the field of extended learning time, only a small percentage of programs target middle school students, leaving many without a safe, productive and enriching place to go after school.

 
  • Since 2014, the Foundation has dedicated more than $41 million in grants and programs to support middle school youth.
  • Last year alone, we donated approximately $9 million toward the cause, working with  45 partners 
     


Actuarial Foundation

Actuarial Foundation

This grant supports two initiatives: (1) the launch of the Hardest Math Problem, a new national competition specifically created for middle school students that is part of the Expect the Unexpected with Math series; and (2) the pilot expansion of the Math Motivators Tutoring Program to serve more middle school students in five cities.

$300,000

After-school All-stars

After-School All-Stars (ASAS)

This grant supports ASAS programs around four main priorities: (1) developing market growth plans in select markets; (2) implementing a regional leadership model; (3) enhancing operating systems; and (4) developing a new strategic plan.

$2,420,000

Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool Alliance

This grant supports the Alliance’s work in administering the Foundation’s Aim High local education grant program. The Aim High grant program supports organizations that provide after-school, summer, and expanded day programs for middle school youth.

$330,000

America Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

This grant supports the AMNH’s Middle School Science Zone. The Middle School Science Zone will create a physical hub for the Museum’s ongoing work with students and teachers focusing on the middle grades and will enable the Museum to expand its offerings during those critical years.

$5,000,000

Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)

Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)

This grant enables AMLE to convene prominent researchers, policymakers, educators, and program providers to explore opportunities for collaboration, coordination, and potentially collective action in the area of young adolescents in the middle grades.

$100,000

Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library

This grant (in conjunction with a grant to the New York and Queens Public Libraries) will support summer learning programming focused on serving thousands of middle school youth across New York City.

$300,000

Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) Foundation

Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) Foundation

This grant supports BELL’s summer and after-school programs for middle school students across the country. The grant will help BELL to: (1) continue to scale its programs through partnerships; (2) enhance its program offerings; (3) strengthen its teacher training; and (4) improve its advocacy and communications efforts.

$3,000,000

Camp Fire USA

Camp Fire USA

This grant supports Camp Fire’s “Thriving from Middle School to High School” program to improve middle school students’ readiness for high school. The grant will support three key initiatives to help Camp Fire to: (1) increase youth social and emotional competencies; (2) expand the number of youth served; and (3) increase and enhance its professional development training.

$1,000,000

City Year

City Year

This grant supports City Year’s after-school program, which provides middle school students with academic support and skill-building enrichment activities. This grant will help City Year to: (1) embed social-emotional training for staff; (2) pilot curriculum that builds students’ learning as they go through several grades; and (3) continue to evaluate the after-school curriculum to assess effectiveness and impact on student performance.

$2,750,000

Classroom Inc

Classroom, Inc.

This grant supports the national expansion of Classroom, Inc.’s digital educational learning games to help more middle school students strengthen their literacy skills, improve their 21st Century skills, and engage in early career awareness opportunities. This grant will support: (1) expanding national after-school and summer partnerships; and (2) leveraging technology to support educators and students.

$2,000,000

Community Resource Exchange (CRE)

Community Resource Exchange (CRE)

This grant will continue to provide ongoing consulting support and technical assistance services for the Foundation’s Grief Reach and Aim High grantees through the CRE’s expert staff.

$450,000

Eagle Academy Foundation

The Eagle Academy Foundation

This grant supports the Summer Soar enrichment program and the Eagle Institute, to share promising practices with other educators across the country.

$250,000

ExpandED Schools

ExpandED Schools

This grant supports ExpandED Schools’s initiative to strengthen the social-emotional learning components of after-school programs serving 2,000 middle school students in three cities.

$1,000,000

Good Shepherd Services

Good Shepherd Services

This grant supports after-school programs at three middle schools in the Bronx. These programs help students stay on track to graduate middle school on time, and better prepare them to enter the 9th grade ready for high school-level work.

$400,000

Higher Achievement

Higher Achievement

This grant helps Higher Achievement with four key initiatives: (1) improving high school placement and alumni tracking; (2) implementing program bifurcation; (3) expanding strategic partnerships; and (4) increasing stakeholder engagement and outreach.

$1,750,000

Horizons National

Horizons National

This grant supports Horizons National to: (1) enhance and expand summer programming that supports the transition of middle school students to the demands of high school; (2) provide training and evaluation strategies related to social-emotional learning and project-based learning tailored to the needs of middle school students; and (3) conduct a retrospective study to analyze the influence of the Horizons program on middle school academic student outcomes.

$750,000

National 4-H Council

National 4-H Council

This grant supports the expansion of the 4-H Juntos program in two states, Illinois and California. The Juntos 4-H program helps Latino youth and their families prepare for the transition to high school.

$1,500,000

National Summer Learning Association

National Summer Learning Association (NSLA)

This grant will help expand the NSLA’s programs and continue to sponsor the New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Awards.

$520,000

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

This grant (in conjunction with a grant to the Brooklyn and Queens Public Libraries) will support summer learning programming focused on serving thousands of middle school youth across New York City.

$400,000

Queens Library

Queens Library

This grant (in conjunction with a grant to the Brooklyn and New York Public Libraries) will support summer learning programming focused on serving thousands of middle school youth across New York City.

$300,000

Virtual Enterprises International

Virtual Enterprises International (VEI)

This grant supports the Virtual Enterprises Junior Ventures Career Academy program, expanding the VEI model to middle schools in several states across the country.

$1,000,000

YMCA

The YMCA of Greater New York

This grant supports the Y Scholars Middle School program in New York City, which helps foster college aspirations and high school success in students.

$750,000