The Hartford announced today a $3 million donation to fund a founding partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America that will help develop the next generation's workforce, creating 30 college and career centers in the next three years across the U.S. in local Boys & Girls Clubs.

"This partnership is part of The Hartford's commitment to help build successful communities through targeted philanthropic investment and employee volunteerism," said Diane Cantello, vice president of Corporate Sustainability at The Hartford. "We are proud to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to give teens access to relevant and inspiring resources as they plan their futures."

The Hartford will be the founding partner of the college and career centers framework, which will provide teen members of Boys & Girls Clubs with opportunities to explore career paths to help prepare them for their next step after high school. New college and career centers will launch this year at 10 local Boys & Girls Clubs in the following places: Hartford, Conn.; Lawrenceville, N.J.; Kansas City, Mo.; Green Bay, Wis.; Carson, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; Oxnard, Calif.; Fort Worth, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Memphis, Tenn.

The partnership allows Boys & Girls Clubs of America to enhance its Career Launch digital resources, reaching 70,000 teens per year. The Hartford's employees will have an opportunity to become involved at their local Boys & Girls Club, adding to a long history of volunteerism that the company encourages year-round. The Hartford also will be the presenting sponsor of the College and Career Expo at Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Annual Keystone Conference through 2019.

"As the nation's leading youth advocacy organization, our goal is to prepare America's kids and teens for great futures, and preparing them for entering the workforce is a critical part of this equation," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "We are thrilled to partner with The Hartford, whose expertise as a national employer will be invaluable to the teens we serve as they look ahead and create a plan for the future. We look forward to rolling out new college and career centers that will equip Club members with the skills and guidance they need to achieve workforce success."

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About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at  Facebook and  Twitter.


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