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Evanston’s Youth & Opportunity United today was awarded a $100,000 grant by the New York Life Foundation.

The grant was among the largest the foundation is making this year to a total of 34 programs nationwide.

The grants, part of the foundation’s Aim High program, are intended to support middle school youth during out-of-school time.

The program seeks to help underserved 8th-graders reach the 9th grade on time and prepared for high school level work. The grant-making decisions were advised by the Afterschool Alliance.
 
The grant will support Youth & Opportunity United’s Partnership for Middle School Success by expanding its middle-to-high school bridge program in Evanston and supporting the launch of a middle-to-high school bridge program in Skokie.  
 
“We’re thrilled to be a recipient of this important grant which will greatly impact the lives of the youth and families that we serve,” said Maggie Blinn DiNovi, CEO of Youth & Opportunity United. “We are grateful for the generous support of the New York Life Foundation and for their efforts in helping us in supporting youth in our community.”

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