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Webster's Commitment to JA

Webster Bank, N.A. (Honorable Mention) - Waterbury, Connecticut

2021 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Financial Education
  • Asset Size: Medium

The financial health and security of the communities Webster Bank serves is of utmost importance to our bankers. We partner with organizations such as Junior Achievement (JA) and other non-profits that focus on financial empowerment and entrepreneurship.

JA delivers K-12 programs to foster work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills that build the foundation for thousands of kids to succeed. Nationally, Junior Achievement reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 209,651 classrooms and after-school locations. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs and rural areas throughout the United States by 105 area offices in all 50 states. For example, JA of Southwest New England reaches approximately 47,432 students a year.

Over the years, our work with our JA partners has doubled including adding partnerships with new chapters. Plus, when JA turned 100 in 2019, Webster Bank was proud to increase funding and volunteer involvement throughout New England. Nearly 1,000 Webster banker volunteers have taught 15,000 JA students over the years.

Our involvement with JA spans more than 20 years and we support the JA mission and curriculum with volunteers and senior-level bankers involved throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Wisconsin.

Webster has a longstanding partnership with JA in Connecticut schools. Hundreds of our Webster bankers have volunteered for JA in a Day school programming in Waterbury and Hartford each year for many years.

In 2020, we worked with our JA partners to provide funding and expertise, helping to continue and create opportunities such as a virtual career panel for high school students, recorded lectures and mock interviews during a time of great upheaval to their standard programming.