The New York Life Foundation’s recent $3 million, three-year grant to BellXcel, a national education nonprofit dedicated to after-school and summer learning, is featured in a recent article in Inside Philanthropy. The grant will aid BellXcel in developing new solutions to support its national network of program partners, which aim to strengthen the academic and social-emotional skills of middle school students. BellXcel’s tested, evidence-based programs have been proven to yield measurable gains in both academics and social-emotional learning.
The positive effects of the grant will be felt across the nation far beyond the duration of the grant . Bellxcel’s programs consistently produce positive outcomes for students and educators. In the summer of 2018, on average, BellXcel scholars avoided "the summer slide" and gained 2.0 months of grade-level skills in reading and 2.5 months in math. Among summer 2018 educators, 91% reported that BellXcel helped develop their professional skills.
The grant will enable 12,000 at-risk middle-school-aged children to gain access to BellXcel summer and afterschool programs In addition, it will assist BellXcel to engage 500 middle school educators annually in robust opportunities for professional development. In 2018 alone, BellXcel programs reached 150 communities in over 30 states.
“The New York Life Foundation has been a strong supporter of BellXcel since 2007 because of its proven and effective summer and afterschool programs for disadvantaged youth. This aligns with our efforts to ensure that youth have year-round holistic learning experiences that develop important academic and social emotional skills” - Marlyn Torres, senior program officer, New York Life Foundation
This grant extends the Foundation’s long history of support for enrichment programs for middle school students. The Foundation’s partnership with BellXcel began well over a decade ago in 2007. Since 2013, New York Life has donated more than $25 million to out-of-school programs to enhance middle schooler’s education.
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