American Museum of Natural History receives $1 million grant from the New York Life Foundation.

Four Year Grant Continues Support for Youth Development Education Programs for New York City Middle and High School Students

NEW YORK, August 13, 2014 — The American Museum of Natural History and the New York Life Foundation today announced a four year, $1 million grant from the New York Life Foundation to support the Museum’s key science education and personal development programs for promising middle and high school students from traditionally under-resourced communities across New York City. In addition, the grant will support the expansion of the Museum’s program assessment and evaluation tools.

This is the second $1 million grant from the New York Life Foundation. The first, in 2010, supported the development of the Museum’s After-School Program, the Museum Education and Employment Program, and the Lang Science Program.

“We are deeply appreciative of the New York Life Foundation’s continued and extraordinary support of the Museum’s pioneering educational programs, which touch so many lives in such important ways,” said Ellen V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History. “Many of the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century are science-based, and a solid grounding in science for all children is vital for a capable future workforce, an informed citizenry, and, by extension, our nation’s long-term competitiveness and leadership. We are extremely gratified The Foundation concurs in our conviction that by investing in science education today, we can strengthen our society and world for tomorrow.”

“We are pleased to help the Museum continue to provide science enrichment programs to youth who otherwise may never have the chance to take advantage of them. We are especially supportive of programs that foster the development of skills middle school students can utilize in high school and beyond,” said Heather Nesle, president of the New York Life Foundation. “This grant will continue to feed young minds from under-resourced areas of New York City with programming that makes their dreams of becoming scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs tangible.”

This multi-year grant supports four components of the Museum’s educational programming:

  1. Museum Education and Employment Program: Annual training of 30-35 young adults, aged 18-21, who will manage tours, lectures, and guided explorations for 75,000 children each summer.
  2. Lang Science Program: Personalized science training and mentorship for a maximum of 140 underserved students in a multi-year program that begins in sixth grade and continues through their senior year in high school.
  3. After-School Program: The After School Program annually serves over 300 students and offers in-depth elective courses to high school students interested in the sciences over five, six-week sessions throughout the school year. With the new funding, the Museum will offer Foundational courses for students who may not have had adequate preparation in their school course offering to succeed in high level science courses. The Museum will also expand a piloted bilingual science course.
  4. Program Assessment and Evaluation: Expand the Museum’s merit badging system specifically within the After School Program to assess skills and areas of knowledge.

The New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $185 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Life program. To learn more, please visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH.ORG)

The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The Museum encompasses 45 permanent exhibition halls, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions. It is home to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, New York State’s official memorial to its 33rd governor and the nation’s 26th president, and a tribute to Roosevelt’s enduring legacy of conservation. The Museum’s five active research divisions and three cross-disciplinary centers support 200 scientists, whose work draws on a world-class permanent collection of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts, as well as specialized collections for frozen tissue and genomic and astrophysical data, and one of the largest natural history libraries in the Western Hemisphere. Through its Richard Gilder Graduate School, it is the only American museum authorized to grant the Ph.D. degree. In 2012, the Museum began offering a pilot Master of Arts in Teaching program with a specialization in Earth science. Approximately 5 million visitors from around the world came to the Museum last year, and its exhibitions and Space Shows can be seen in venues on five continents. The Museum’s website and collection of apps for mobile devices extend its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs to millions more beyond its walls. Visit www.amnh.org for more information.

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