STAMFORD, CT — May 22nd, 2019 — The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) today announced it has been granted $3,500 from the First County Bank Foundation to support its Stamford Mentoring Program.  For the 2018-2019 school year, SPEF provided mentoring services to over 1,000 students in grades 3 – 12, with 400 volunteer mentors supporting the programs.

The National Mentoring Partnership sites “The Mentoring Effect,” which states that young adults who were at risk for falling off track but had a mentor are 55% more likely to enroll in college; 78% more likely to volunteer regularly; 90% are interested in becoming a mentor; and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

Matthew Quinones, Chief Executive Officer at SPEF said, “The Stamford Public Education Foundation recognizes the impact that mentoring has on youth. Thanks to the generosity of community partners like the First County Bank Foundation, for more than 20  years we have been funding and operating programs that connect college, community and corporate volunteers with Stamford Public School students. Educational enrichment for families and children is one of the areas that First County Bank Foundation supports, and we are appreciative it has once again selected SPEF to be a recipient of its generosity.”