• Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., $25,000 for a mentor program that connects Hispanic high school students with Hispanic college students.
• California State University at Bakersfield, $192,000 over four years to expand access to college for underserved high school students.
The Boston Foundation
• Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, $100,000 to expand the Mentoring Academy and to increase the number of minority mentors.
• Build the Out-of-School Time Network, Boston, $50,000 for the Access for All program, a technical-assistance program for youths with disabilities.
• Generation Excel, Boston, $30,000 to staff a program that serves disadvantaged youth in middle schools and Department of Youth Services facilities.
• Boston Learning Center, $25,000 for salary support of a trainer for professional staff development.
• Boston After School and Beyond, $100,000 for general operating support and to strengthen the Partners for Student Success program and the Teen Initiative.
• Boston Debate League, $35,000 to expand its programs to six Boston public schools.
• Boston City Schools, $35,000 for salary support of the director of operations.
• Roca, Chelsea, Mass., $75,000 for the High Risk Youth Intervention Project, which promotes safer neighborhoods through police-community cooperation and youth-intervention work.
• South End/Lower Roxbury Youth Workers’ Alliance, Boston, $25,000 for organizing efforts and replicating its youth- and street-workers program.
• Justice Resource Institute, Boston, $50,000 for a strategy to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths in metropolitan Boston who are aging out of services of the Department of Children and Families.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Denver, $100,000 for general operating support.
• Denver Public Schools Foundation, $50,000 for general operating support.
• Excelsior Youth Centers, Aurora, Colo., $50,000 for substance abuse treatment and prevention program.
• Junior Athletics of the Midwest, Denver, $40,000 for general operating support.
• Mile High Youth Corps, Denver, $25,000 for YouthBuild and community GED programs.
• Partners in Routt County, Steamboat Springs, Colo., $12,500 for a school-based mentoring program.
• Sportswomen of Colorado, Denver, $5,000 for girls camp scholarship program.
• Albuquerque (N.M.) Boys Club, $25,000 for education and career development programs.
• Oxford House, Silver Spring, Md., $75,000 for Colorado group-homes support.
• Cuidando Los Ninos, Albuquerque, N.M., $40,000 for general operating support.
• National Indian Youth Leadership Project, Gallup, N.M., $40,000 for Walking in Beauty and Táchééh Programs.
• Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Ranchos de Taos, N.M., $45,000 for general operating support.
• Taos (N.M.) Pueblo Day School, $23,500 for out-of-school sports program.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, Murray, $25,000 for a community-based mentoring program.
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, $20,000 for education and career development, the SMART Moves program and community-based team sports programs.
• West Ridge Academy, West Jordan, Utah, $10,000 for a substance abuse recovery program.
• City of Evanston, Wyo., $30,000 for after-school and summer programs.
• William H. and Carrie Gottsche Foundation, Thermopolis, Wyo., $29,500 for the Gottsche Youth Center.
• YWCA of Sweetwater County, Rock Springs, Wyo., $40,000 for the YWCA Early Care Center Furnishings Project and summer daycamp program.
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
• Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, $50,000 for a facility where youths will learn about business and personal finance.
• Boys & Girls Club of West Bend, Wis., $25,000 for a new building.
• Adoption Resources of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, $50,000 over two years to fund a program that teaches coping and communication strategies to single-parent families who have adopted or are about to adopt foster children.
• Parents Plus, Milwaukee, $150,000 over two years for a program encouraging parental involvement in early childhood development.
• Admission Possible, St. Paul, Minn., $150,000 over two years to start a college-access program for low-income high school juniors and seniors in the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
• Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges, Glendale, Wis., $20,000 for College Readiness 21, a program aimed at improving college access for minority, low-income and first-generation college students.
• Skylight Opera Theatre Corp., Milwaukee, $30,000 for an education and outreach program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
• Jewish Youth Foundation, Milwaukee, $35,000 to pair teenage volunteers as mentors with children with special needs.
• Minnesota Youth Intervention Programs Association, Mendota Heights, $135,000 over two years for general operating support and organizational development.
• YWCA of Minneapolis, $75,000 for capital and program support of the Children’s Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
• AccountAbility Minnesota, St. Paul, $380,000 over two years for general operating support and for a program to provide instant refunds and access to savings accounts.
• Child Care Works, Minneapolis, $190,000 over two years for general operating support, technology, and planning.
• Children’s Defense Fund, St. Paul, Minn., $250,000 for communications, organizing, technology upgrades and advocacy activities to improve children’s lives in Minnesota.
• University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, $100,000 over two years to evaluate a legislative program that provides money for improved services to child-care providers.
• Arc Greater Twin Cities, St. Paul, Minn., $170,000 to help parents care for disabled children and for a cultural audit and outreach plan.
• St. David’s Center for Child Development & Family, Minnetonka, Minn., $250,000 for early-childhood programs and services and for evaluation.
• Minnesota Kinship Caregivers, St. Paul, $80,000 over two years to help caregivers who are raising their grandchildren or other children related to them.
New York Community Trust
• Working Playground, New York, $60,000 to bring an arts-education program to four elementary schools enrolling large numbers of recent immigrants.
• Working in Support of Education, New York, $95,000 to expand a community-service awards competition for high school students.
• Correctional Association of New York, $50,000 to advocate improvements in New York City and state juvenile-justice policy.
• Fund for the City of New York, $54,000 to provide pretrial alternative-to-detention services for girls in Queens.
• Urban Youth Alliance International, New York, $60,000 for a post-trial community alternative-to-placement program for young Bronx delinquents.
• Invest in Kids New York, $50,000 to advocate improvements in New York City and in state juvenile justice policy.
• Borough of Manhattan Community College Foundation, New York, $150,000 to help minority and immigrant young women remain in college.
Travelers awarded nearly $2 million in grants in 2008 through its Education Access Initiative with the goal of helping underserved youth prepare for college.
• Capital Community College Foundation, Hartford, Conn., $183,032.
• Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, $21,000.
• CollegeBound Foundation, Baltimore, $56,000.
• Connecticut Pre-engineering Program, Bloomfield, $75,000.
• Greater Hartford (Conn.) Consortium for Higher Education, $100,000.
• Metropolitan State University Foundation, St. Paul, Minn., $260,000.
• Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, St. Paul, $75,000.
• Morgan State University, Baltimore, $212,000.
• University of Connecticut Foundation, Storrs, $365,691.
• University of Minnesota/The Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, $325,502.
Youth programs in Travelers’ two headquarter states received these grants:
• Admissions Possible, $79,207.
• AVID Center, $50,000.
• Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, $15,000.
• Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, $25,000.
• Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, $3,000.
• Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, $10,000.
• Youth Express, $25,000.
• YWCA of St. Paul, $35,000.
• African American Family Services, $30,000.
• Minnesota College Access Network, $2,142.
• Minnesota Minority Education Partnerships, $15,000.
• Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting, $4,500.
• National Youth Leadership Council, $25,000.
• Youth Performance Company, $5,000.
• Kids Voting St. Paul, $10,000.
• Young Audiences of the Upper Midwest, $10,000.
• YouthCARE, $6,466.
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, $135,500.
• Everybody Wins! Connecticut, $70,000.
• Girl Scouts of Connecticut, $85,000.
• Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation, $50,000.
• Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, $95,000.
• Village for Families & Children, $165,000.
• The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, $120,000.
• Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, $25,000.
• YMCA of Metropolitan Hartford, $150,000.
• YMCA of Metropolitan Hartford, $22,500.
• Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, $1,000.
• Family Life Education, $1,000.
• Hartford Children’s Theatre, $10,000.
• Hartford’s Camp Courant, $25,000.
• MI CASA Family Service & Educational Center, $5,000.
Youth programs in states with top-performing Travelers agencies received these grants:
• Seven Tepees Youth Program, San Francisco, $10,000.
• Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp., San Francisco, $10,000.
• Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain, Denver, $15,000.
• Save Our Youth, Denver, $15,000.
• Cornerstone Kids, Tampa, Fla., $20,000.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, $15,000.
• Jobs for Youth – Chicago, $15,000.
• Youth Communication, Chicago, $10,000.
• Simon Youth Foundation, Indianapolis, $10,000.
• The Maryland Mentoring Partnership, Baltimore, $10,000.
• Paul’s Place, Baltimore, $10,000.
• Teach for America, Baltimore, $15,000.
• Youth As Resources, Baltimore, $7,500.
• Thomas Chew Memorial Boys Club, Fall River, Mass., $10,000.
• Children on the Green, Morristown, N.J., $15,000.
• Children’s Storefront, New York, $32,500.
• Young People’s Chorus of New York City, $25,000.
• Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading and Berks County, Pa., $15,000.
• Girls Inc. of Tarrant County, Texas, $20,000.
• Kid Net Foundation, Dallas, $20,000.
William Penn Foundation
• To Our Children’s Future with Health, Philadelphia, $405,900 for a program that refers delinquent adolescents to the West Philadelphia Youth Development Initiative.
• United Communities Southeast Philadelphia, $302,500 to help the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative build its neighborhood-based youth-development program.
• Philadelphia Education Fund, $353,547 in two grants: one to develop and implement community-based small high schools in two Philadelphia neighborhoods; the second to help the School District of Philadelphia implement its Secondary Education Blueprint.
• Education Law Center, Newark, N.J., $199,980 to support the Our Children/Our Schools education-advocacy network.
• Pennsylvania Partnership for Children, Harrisburg, Pa., $750,000 to advocate early child care and education, after-school programs, youth development, health care and child welfare policy changes, and other education policy efforts.
• Foundations Inc., Moorestown, N.J., $294,800 to support job-readiness training for high school students through its Job Resource and Development Center.
• New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences, Camden, N.J., $274,450 to enable middle school students to participate in its Cause program.