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Metlife - Youth Anti-Violence Initiatives
The Metropolitan Life Foundation
was established in 1976 by MetLife for the purpose of supporting various
educational, health and welfare, and civic and cultural organizations.
The primary objective of the Foundation is to assist tax-exempt
organizations through a program of financial support, particularly in
the communities in which MetLife has a major presence. Our goals are to strengthen communities, promote good health and improve education. The
Foundation continues a tradition of corporate contributions and
community involvement begun by MetLife at the turn of the century.
The Metropolitan Life Foundation's Positive Choices: Youth Anti-Violence Initiatives grant competition makes grants to nonprofit organizations for projects that provide education-based activities to address problems associated with youth violence. From 1994 - 1998, a total of $2.2 million was awarded to 19 organizations.
Winners of 1998 Metropolitan Life
Metropolitan Life Foundation has awarded a total of $300,000 in grants to three nonprofit organizations. Each will either develop a new program or expand an existing one that reaches out to young people and educates them on the importance of violence prevention. The winners are: B.U.I.L.D., Inc.; The Community Board and Educators for Social Responsibility-Metro Area. Since the inception of the Positive Choices program in 1994, $2.2 million in grants has been awarded to colleges, universities and community-based nonprofit organizations.
The Grant Recipients:
B.U.I.L.D., Inc. (Building Urban Involvement and Leadership
The Community Board, San Francisco
The Community Board is using its grant to work with at-risk youth to create a product designed by youth for youth to teach conflict resolution and violence prevention skills. The young people will choose the format that suits them best, which could be a video, comic book, CD-ROM or some other material.
Educators for Social Responsibility-Metro Area, New York
The Foundation's grant will enable Educators for Social Responsibility-Metro to develop a pilot project in teaching conflict resolution and intercultural understanding through reading and writing. The Four R's Project (Reading, Writing, Respect and Resolution) will focus on integrating conflict resolution into the language arts curriculum, grades 1-5. It will foster children's emotional intelligence and academic achievement and develop needed resources for youth violence prevention.
Metropolitan Life Foundation