The grant will support expansion of the program, which aims to empower Hispanic youth to succeed in high school, graduate on time, and pursue a college education, in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will launch it in New York City in 2015 and a new city in each of the two following years. The grant also will enable 4-H and New York Life to enhance the organization's My Financial Future curriculum by adding a life insurance component.
According to 4-H, Hispanic youth are at the greatest risk of dropping out of school between ninth and tenth grades. The Juntos program engages Hispanic eighth- and ninth-graders who are economically disadvantaged and struggling in school, equips them for success in high school, and involves their parents in their education to help ensure their success.
"By preparing youth to enter high school, the 4-H Juntos program supports students during the crucial middle school years, a key focus area for the New York Life Foundation," said NYLF corporate vice president Marlyn Torres. "By working closely with employees active in the company's Latino Employee Resource Group and agents across the country who participate in New York Life's Market Initiative, we can provide on-the-ground support for this important cause."