(10/19/11) — Webster Bank was honored today by the Governor’s Prevention Partnership (GPP) with the Leadership Award for its longtime and strategic support for the GPP’s mentoring initiative in Connecticut.
Webster Chairman and CEO Jim Smith accepted the award at the GPP’s annual luncheon in New Haven, Conn., which was attended by more than 200 people including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The luncheon recognizes companies and community leaders that have stepped up to build a strong healthy future workforce through leadership in mentoring and creating a positive school climate, including prevention of bullying, and youth alcohol and drug abuse.
“Since Webster joined forces with the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, nearly 300 Webster bankers have volunteered their time and energy to make a difference in the lives of 500 of our young people,” Smith said. “Giving of ourselves to the communities we serve is a vital part of The Webster Way, and we’re delighted to be a partners with the GPP.”
In 2002, a committed group of Webster bankers contacted the GPP to start a youth mentoring program for elementary school children in the communities the bank served. Over time, Webster’s mentoring program has expanded to other states in its footprint, serving nearly 100 children in school-based mentoring programs in 45 schools.