Third cycle of grants to bring awards total to $3.45 million.
Targeted grants will focus on professional development for staff.
NEW YORK, December 13, 2018—The Afterschool Alliance and the New York Life Foundation today issued a Request for Proposals for the third year of the Aim High grant program. In this third cycle of Aim High grants, the Foundation will award $1.35 million to out-of-school time (OST) programs serving disadvantaged middle school youth, bringing the total amount awarded over the life of the grant program to $3.45 million.
Aim High is part of the New York Life Foundation's ongoing investment in OST programs to help underserved 8th graders reach the 9th grade on time and prepared for high school level work. In 2019, 26 awards will go to afterschool, summer and expanded learning programs nationwide through a competitive application process.
Research has shown that for disadvantaged students, additional learning time in the form of high-quality afterschool, expanded day and summer programs leads to greater academic achievement, better school attendance and more engaged students.
"The New York Life Foundation is a firm supporter of high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs as they help middle school students make successful transitions to high school," said Marlyn Torres, senior program officer, New York Life Foundation. "The Afterschool Alliance’s deep expertise in the OST field has been critical to the success of the Aim High grant program."
In addition, 16 grantees from last year will receive the second payment of their two-year grants in 2019.
Grant recipients may use funds for technical assistance, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion. The recipients of two-year grants will be chosen on the strength of their support for youth in the transition to the ninth grade, specifically around such indicators of success as on-time promotion; school attendance rates; improved behavior, grades and test scores; and/or the development of social and emotional skills. The Afterschool Alliance will convene a selection committee comprised of experts in the OST field to assess applicants and make grant recommendations.
Grant winners will be notified in May 2019.
"The New York Life Foundation's commitment to supporting children and families in out-of-school time programs is making an enormous difference in communities across the nation," said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. "The Foundation’s grantmaking to out-of-school time programs has reached hundreds of thousands of children in the United States already, and this third year of the grant program will extend that reach even further. The grants help afterschool and summer learning programs keep children safe, inspire them to learn, and help working families, with a focus on a particularly critical period in children’s development. We’re very proud to continue our association with the New York Life Foundation, and grateful to the Foundation for its ongoing dedication to this important mission."
Since 2013, the New York Life Foundation has invested more than $38 million in national middle school OST efforts. Information for prospective applicants is available at http://afterschoolalliance.org/awards.cfm, including the application and eligibility requirements. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. on January 25, 2019. A webinar for prospective applicants is scheduled for December 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. Questions from applicants should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.