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New York Life Foundation Awards $150,000 to Six Local Nonprofits Providing Safe Havens for Youth

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The New York Life Foundation, New York, N.Y. announced $150,000 in grants to winners of the 2007 Award Program and honored the six recipient organizations at a luncheon ceremony. Representing Westchester County and each of the five boroughs of New York City, the winning organizations each received a $25,000 award for offering programs that support the Foundation’s “Safe Places to Learn and Grow” program area. Each program focuses on providing safe havens during non-school hours and offers structured activities.

“We are pleased to recognize these six organizations for their outstanding efforts,” said Sy Sternberg, chairman and chief executive officer, New York Life Insurance Company. “Each one of the nonprofits offers engaging and positive activities that help children learn new social skills, explore their vocational interests and enhance their academic skills.”

“This award recognizes smaller nonprofit organizations that don’t have a large operating budget, yet are able to make a huge difference in the lives of local children,” said Peter Bushyeager, president of the New York Life Foundation “These Award winners provide a positive place and influence in the lives of our young people.”

The Award winners are:

— Bronx: LEAP’S After-School Program at J.H.S. 22;

— Brooklyn: Heart of Brooklyn’s Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program

— Manhattan: The Lower Eastside Girls Club’s Ready, Set, Go: It’s All Academic program;

— Queens: City Year New York’s Starfish Corps program;

— Staten Island: The Staten Island Children’s Museum’s Building a Better Me program; and

— Westchester County: Greyston Family Inn of Yonkers’ YO Kidz program.

The Awards are presented annually to recognize programs that support one of the following categories within the Foundation’s Nurturing the Children initiative: Mentoring, Educational Enhancement and Safe Places to Learn and Grow. Thus far, the Foundation has committed more than $25 million to this initiative. For each of the six nonprofits to receive the $25,000 in support, they must have an operating budget that does not exceed $5 million.


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