New York Life Foundation Grants $450,000 to The Children's Aid Society's Next Generation Center

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On July 19th, The New York Life Foundation announced a three-year, $450,000 grant to The Children’s Aid Society to support the Next Generation Center (NGC), which helps at-risk youth and those who have aged out of foster care, which generally ends at the attainment of age 21. NGC focuses on helping these youth gain valuable life skills and diverts them from entanglement with negative institutions. 

“We are pleased to extend our partnership and increase the number of young people who have access to the services they need to help them become independent adults,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “The Next Generation Center provides critical services to youth in foster care who often face the transition into adulthood alone and unsupported.”

“We are delighted that the New York Life Foundation has continued to support the enhancement and expansion of our state-of-the-art facility in the Bronx,” said Richard R. Buery Jr., Children’s Aid President and CEO.“The additional support will provide more youth who are aging out of foster care with the resources and information they need to become responsible, self-sufficient adults in a safe environment. The services and knowledge the youth at The Next Generation Center (NGC) receive are valuable lessons they will retain for the rest of their lives.”

NGC opened in 2006 and with The New York Life Foundation’s initial grant in 2008, it grew from a small two-room storefront to a state-of-the art facility.  NGC’s membership grew from 300 teens in 2007 to more than 1,300 members in 2009.  While this growth is an indicator of the Center’s success in attracting vulnerable youth, it is also a reflection of the shortage of services available to these young people. The latest grant will help NGC continue to offer the support and services these young adults need for three additional years.