The Hartford announced plans to donate $3 million to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for a new workforce development initiative.
The insurer has had a longstanding local relationship with the Boys and Girls Clubs, which itself began in Connecticut some 150 years ago. This new investment takes their partnership to a bigger stage.
"The great thing about the Boys and Girls Clubs is that they have a national presence and they can really connect with youth right across the country," said The Hartford’s Diane Cantello.
In each of the next three years, the company will fund the development of 10 new college and career centers at Boys and Girls Club locations around the country.
"We're excited that our own employees at The Hartford will be able to serve as volunteers in clubs that are close to where we have offices located," said Cantello.
The help will be practically based.
"Mentoring, providing job shadows, resume writing, mock interviews, work experience," said Cantello. "We hope to provide a solid foundation for youth as they determine where they will go after their high school years."
Boys and Girls Clubs said the partnership will add significantly to its existing career launch resources, which currently reach 70,000 kids annually. Hartford is among the first 10 locations where a new center will be up and running this year.