STAMFORD, CT – July 17, 2017 – 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, which was launched in 2010. For the 2016-2017 school year, SPEF provided mentoring services to 884 students in grades 3–12, with 350 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 Foundation, for more than 15 years we have been funding and operating school-based 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.” For the 2017-18 school year, SPEF’s mentoring programs will be delivered in grades 3–12, in 16 schools throughout Stamford. For students in grades 3–5, SPEF delivers its Service-Learning Program, an education strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. For students in grades 6–8, SPEF partners volunteers with students needing additional academic and/or social support for weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions. For students in grades 9–12, SPEF tailors its mentoring curriculum to meet the differing needs of students in four high schools. New this year, in addition to providing classroom-based mentoring, programs will be offered in community centers as well.