Unum Group has donated $175,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine to help launch a new program for teens and young adults transitioning from high school to the workforce or to higher education.

One program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine provides New Mainers after-school access to health and wellness activities and educational help. The Portland club is shown in 2022. Drew Johnson/The Forecaster

“This gift will help accelerate our Bridge to Success program where teens and young adults explore career opportunities in the trades, prepare for college, and build skills with caring mentors so they can graduate high school on time and be ready for what their futures hold,” Boys & Girls Clubs President Brian Elowe said in a statement.

Unum is a Fortune 500 workplace benefits company that is based in Tennessee but has major operations in Portland. The company, which employs about 3,000 in Maine and more than 10,000 worldwide, is expected to announce more gifts throughout the year as a way to mark its 175th anniversary.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine provides life-changing services to kids throughout our communities,” said Michael Simonds, chief operating officer of Unum Group. “As a company with deep Maine roots, we’re thrilled to be able to partner with the Club to invest in our next generation of Mainers, giving them the tools they need to succeed in the future, and helping them achieve their post-high school goals.”

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