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First Niagara Bank Gives Stamford Mentoring Program $5,000 Grant

First Niagara Bank has donated $5,000 to the Stamford Public Education Foundation's mentoring program. Matthew Quinones, the foundation's chief executive officer, stands with Niagara branch manager Diana Stile recently.
First Niagara Bank has donated $5,000 to the Stamford Public Education Foundation's mentoring program. Matthew Quinones, the foundation's chief executive officer, stands with Niagara branch manager Diana Stile recently. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Stamford Public Education Foundation has received a $5,000 grant through First Niagara’s Mentoring Matters program.

The foundation serves elementary, middle and high school students in the Stamford public school system. It provides students who need academic or social support with resources and guidance.

College, community and corporate volunteers are paired with students for weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions. The mentors’ missions are to help students set goals, improve their academic standing, and to engage in positive after-school activities.

Mentors also help students prepare for college and career training or full-time employment after they graduate from high school.

Barbara Astarita, First Niagara’s regional coordinator for charitable giving, praised the foundation’s mentoring program, calling it “an excellent example of the high impact initiatives that change lives.”

“At First Niagara, one of our priorities is helping young people achieve their full potential,” she said.

Investing in programs and initiatives that help young people succeed “creates positive and lasting outcomes in the communities where we live and work,” Astarita added.

For further information, or to make a donation, call (203) 965-7733, or click here . .

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