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The Schomburg Center receives $1.16 million from New York Life--largest donation ever for young people's program. (between the lines: the inside scoop on what's happening in the publishing industry).

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture received a $1.16 million, four-year grant from the New York Life Foundation. The grant established The New York Life/Schomburg Center Junior Scholars Program, an educational program for schoolchildren ages 11 through 17. Howard Dodson, director of The Schomburg Center, says, "The funding will allow us to present the histories and cultures of African and African-American people in a more comprehensive and inspiring way than we've ever been able to achieve."

The pilot program was launched in February 2002 and will continue through June 2002. During the pilot phase, 100 youngsters of African descent will participate in workshops and special events featuring successful African Americans. The main program will launch in October 2002, with 200 participants in year two, and 300 participants in the following years. Dodson notes that the program will place emphasis on nurturing young black males, because studies show that they are the most at-risk group in the African-American community.
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Author:Jones, Mondella S.
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2002
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