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The New York Life Foundation has supported BGCA for nearly two decades, beginning in 1998 when it helped establish 10 learning centers at Clubs in New York City.

In 2011, the New York Life Foundation donated $1 million to help BGCA launch “Be There: A National Grief and Bereavement Initiative.” The foundation expanded the partnership in 2016 with a $3 million grant to implement Be There at an additional 20 Clubs. That grant also led to the creation of “Ready, Set, Action,” a strengths- based curriculum from The PEAR Institute that shows Club youth how to develop social, emotional and behavioral skills to help them cultivate supportive peer relationships to overcome adversity, including the loss of a loved one.

Be There targets four key groups: youth, staff, family and community. The training model created by the National Alliance for Grieving Children also includes strategies to address more common social and emotional challenges, such as the betrayal of a friend and transitioning between grades. The initiative is especially critical for at-risk youth, who often live in communities with limited grief counseling.

About The New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has provided $220 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations since its founding in 1979. 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 New York Life employees and agents through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit