Fortifying a seven-year successful partnership with Classroom Inc., the New York Life Foundation has announced a $2 million grant to support the growth of their Read to Lead program. The program consists of a suite of digital literacy games and curricula in out-of-school time programs over the next three years that will expand to reach from 35,000 to 200,000 middle school youth served nationwide.
"Read to Lead aligns with our mission to support out-of-school time (OST) programs that help middle school youth successfully transition to 9th grade and positions them for future success,” said Marlyn Torres, Senior Program Officer of the New York Life Foundation. “We continue to be impressed by Read to Lead’s gamified approach that makes learning fun and practical for thousands of youth across the country."
The funding will support partnerships with national leaders in afterschool and summer learning programs, including After-School All-Stars and Horizons National, expand Read to Lead programs in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Birmingham, Milwaukee, and Palm Beach County, and provide middle school educators nationwide with free 24/7 access to the Read to Lead online curriculum and resources. This grants furthers our Foundation’s commitment to supporting our nation’s youth and their families with out-of-school time programs to enrich children’s lives and guide them along on the road to future success.
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