New York Life Foundation
The New York Life Foundation has supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America for nearly two decades, beginning in 1998 when it helped to establish 10 learning centers at Clubs in New York City. In 2011, the Foundation generously donated $1 million in support of BGCA’s launch of “Be There: A National Grief and Bereavement Initiative.” In 2016, the Foundation expanded its partnership with BGCA with a $3 million grant, increasing member access to youth and grief resources through a commitment to grow the Be There initiative to 20 Clubs by 2017.

The generous $3 million investment will also enable BGCA to build the Ready, Set, Action program, a strengths- based curriculum developed by the PEAR Institute (Partnerships in Education and Resilience) that builds Club members’ competence and resilience. As a key component of Be There, the Ready, Set, Action program will help Club members develop social skills necessary to develop supportive peer relationships and will help equip Boys & Girls Club youth with the social, emotional, and behavioral skills needed to face adversity, including the loss of a loved one.

Ready Set Action

Now entering its fifth year, Be There is a comprehensive initiative that targets four key groups connected to Clubs: youth, staff, family and community. The training model, created by the National Alliance for Grieving Children, teaches Club staff strategies on how to address grief and loss as well as how to respond to more common social and emotional challenges, including betrayal of a friend and transitioning between grade levels. Be There also helps connect families with local outside resources and professionals to assist with extensive care. This initiative is especially critical for at-risk youth, who often live in communities with limited emotional support and grief counseling resources.

Be there

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 $220 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. To learn more, please visit

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