The New York Life Foundation, in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance, has announced grants totaling $750,000 in support of eighteen out-of-school time programs serving disadvantaged youth in communities across the nation.
Ranging between $15,000 and $100,000, the inaugural grants awarded through the foundation’s $1.95 million Aim High initiative are designed to help underserved middle school students reach ninth grade on time. Afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs receiving grants include After-School All-Stars D.C. (Washington, D.C.), the Arab-American Family Support Center (Brooklyn), Communities in Schools of Tacoma (Washington), Harlem RBI, Inc. (New York City), Seven Tepees Youth Program (San Francisco), and South Asian Youth Action (Elmhurst, New York).
"These eighteen programs are all doing important work in their communities," said New York Life Foundation senior program officer Marlyn Torres. "In small communities, big cities, and everything in between, afterschool programs are working to meet the needs of middle schoolers, helping them during that critical transition time between eighth to ninth grade. We are pleased to partner with the Afterschool Alliance in this effort, and value their considerable expertise on afterschool issues and their broad-based network of afterschool providers, educators, and other youth development experts."
For a complete list of recipients, see the Afterschool Alliance website.