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Helen Gurley Brown Trust Gives $15 Million “Magic Grant” To Create The “NYPL BridgeUp” Program at Library Branches For At-Risk Youth

“The Helen Gurley Brown Trust today announced that it has given $15 million to The New York Public Library to establish NYPL BridgeUp, an innovative, new educational and anti-poverty program that will provide academic and social support to New York City youth. The effort, which aims to support at-risk youth and prepare them for success, will be based at New York Public Library branches. The five-year program will offer services to more than 250 New York City eighth graders each year at five Library locations in underserved neighborhoods in the Bronx and Manhattan. These students will stay together in groups of 10 for support over five years with a goal of attending college or technical school. The program will work in low-income neighborhoods, providing a safe space for participants during after school hours. BridgeUp is experimenting with a new approach that sets a record for the cost-per-student-served in an anti-poverty program in New York City at $20,000 per student, per year, the largest funded program of its kind in New York City.” (via The New York Public Library)

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