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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 2:56pm

This press release was origionally written and distributed by the New Yok Life Foundation  

The New York Life Foundation in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance today announced a $100,000 grant to-Community College of Philadelphia, one of 26 grants to be awarded to youth development organizations across the country to support middle school youth during the out-of-school time (OST) hours.  Twenty-six OST programs won new grants, and 16 organizations received continuing grants first announced in 2018. These programs serve underserved youth in 18 states. The grants mark the third year of awards made under the Foundation’s Aim High education initiative, and this year’s grants bring the total awarded under the program to $3.45 million.

Aim High is part of the New York Life Foundation’s ongoing investment in OST programs to help 8th graders reach the 9th grade on time and prepared for high school level work. Afterschool, summer and expanded learning programs nationwide are selected for grants through a competitive application process managed in collaboration with the Afterschool Alliance.

Community College of Philadelphia’s Division of Access and Community Engagement (DACE) will use the funds to establish a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enrichment program focused on robotics and math enrichment for middle school students called STEM College Experience (SCE). This program will serve as an expansion of the long-standing and successful Advanced College Experience (ACE) program.

”The support from the New York Life Foundation will have a profound impact on the children in our community  This support will enable us to strengthen Philly’s K-16 pipeline by expanding STEM opportunities for middle school youth,” said Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia. “We’re beyond grateful and look forward to putting the generous support to good use.”

“Community College of Philadelphia and our other 25 grantees do vital work in their communities. Middle school is a vulnerable time for students, and without these programs children and youth would be without a safe, productive and enriching place to go after school or during the summer,” said Marlyn Torres, senior program officer, New York Life Foundation. “The New York Life Foundation supports OST programs like [insert name of program] that help children develop social, emotional and academic skills, which are essential for the transition to high school. We value the Afterschool Alliance’s expertise and vast network of OST providers and youth development experts in helping us administer the Aim High program.”

The following eight organizations received grants of $100,000 payable over two years:

  • Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka, AK
  • Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Presidio YMCA, San Francisco, CA
  • New American Pathways, Atlanta, GA
  • My Place Teen Center, Westbrook, ME
  • Cypress Hills Development Corporation, Brooklyn, NY
  • Community College of Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
  • Breakthrough Central Texas, Austin, TX

The following eight organizations received grants of $50,000 payable over two years:

  • LEAP (Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership), New Haven, CT
  • Adult Friends for Youth, Honolulu, HI
  • High Jump, Chicago, IL
  • Brookside Community Development Corp., Indianapolis, IN
  • ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students), Minneapolis, MN
  • Montana Conservation Corps, Bozeman, MT
  • Apex for Youth, New York, NY
  • PAIR Houston (Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees), Houston, TX

The following ten organizations received one-year awards of $15,000 to support their programs, with a focus on providing professional development opportunities for OST staff.


Research has shown that for disadvantaged students, additional learning time in the form of high-quality afterschool, expanded day and summer programs leads to greater academic achievement, better school attendance and more engaged students. Further, a successful transition from 8th to 9th grade – middle school to high school in most cases – is particularly critical to student success.

“We’re delighted to partner with the New York Life Foundation in this effort,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “The Foundation continues to do terrific work in this area, supporting children at a vital time in their development. These grants change lives by supporting OST programs that keep kids safe, inspire learning, and give working parents peace of mind in the afternoon and during the summer.”

In 2017, the first year of the Aim High program, the New York Life Foundation awarded $750,000 to 18 recipients, with grant periods of one or two years. In 2018, the Foundation expanded the program, awarding $1.35 million to 26 additional organizations. This year’s $1.35 million in Aim High grants brings the total amount awarded to $3.45 million, given to 70 organizations, in all. Since 2013, the New York Life Foundation has invested more than $41 million in national middle school OST efforts.


About [insert name of grant recipient]
Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania.  The College offers over 70 degree and certificate programs, as well as evening and weekend classes, and classes online. Visit us at Follow us on Like us on Facebook at
About the Afterschool Alliance

The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs. More information is available at

About the New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided nearly $280 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees and agents of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program and Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative. To learn more, please visit


About Community College of Philadelphia
Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

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