"City Year is grateful and proud to welcome New York Life Foundation as our national partner. Their $2.55 million commitment over the next three years will result in an after-school program that has the potential to impact an estimated 150,000 middle school students at full scale, providing students with academic supports connected to their school day, and offering skill-building enrichment activities.” said Michael Brown, City Year CEO and Co-Founder.

The New York Life Foundation is supporting a three-year plan to standardize and scale City Year’s middle school after-school program. As City Year works towards meeting its Long-Term Impact goals, the resulting middle school after-school program will be a key component in City Year’s efforts to keep middle school students across the nation in school.

“City Year’s mission and the New York Life Foundation’s focus are clearly aligned.  We see the need to do more to keep middle school students in school and on track to graduate,” said Marlyn Torres, Senior Program Officer at the Foundation.  “We invested in City Year because they have a successful track record of helping students improve their attendance, behavior, and course performance – all of which are proven indicators of a student’s likelihood to graduate from high school.”

During the school day, City Year AmeriCorps members serve as tutors and mentors to students identified as needing extra help, providing a range of services such as classroom support, targeted tutoring in English and math, attendance support, and behavior coaching.  In City Year middle school after-school programs, AmeriCorps members are able to extend these services by providing a safe and structured after-school environment in which students can continue to build their academic skills and engage in activities that promote positive youth development.  

City Year, with New York Life Foundation input, will select up to 24 schools over the course of the three-year grant.  In these communities with diverse populations, City Year will update and strengthen its after-school curriculum, provide staff training, and pilot the enhanced after-school program before the full launch of the program.  The partnership will result in an after-school program that has the potential to impact an estimated 150,000 middle school students at full scale.

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 $200 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, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program.  To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.