New York Life Foundation Awards Grants to Two New Orleans Afterschool Programs to Support Middle School Students’ Transition to 9th Grade

Awards to Girls on the Run New Orleans and Community Works of Louisiana Are Among 26 New Aim High Grants Nationally, Totaling $1.35 Million

The New York Life Foundation and the Afterschool Alliance today announced a total of $30,000 in grant awards to two New Orleans afterschool programs: $15,000 each to Girls on the Run New Orleans and Community Works of Louisiana. In 2018, a total of $1.35 million in grants will be awarded to a total of 34 youth development organizations across the country to support middle school youth during the out-of-school time (OST) hours. New this year, 26 OST programs won grants and eight organizations received continuing grants announced in 2017. These programs serve disadvantaged youth in 17 states and the District of Columbia. The grants mark the second year of awards made under the Foundation’s Aim High education initiative. Responding to strong demand in the first year of the program, the New York Life Foundation increased funding for the second year of the program from $750,000 to $1.35 million, and awarded an additional eight grants.

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

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