TORRANCE, Calif. – November 4, 2016 – Keenan, the largest privately held insurance brokerage and consulting firm in California, received special recognition honoring CEO Sean Smith from Los Angeles Team Mentoring (LATM) at the organization’s 18th annual Soiree fundraising event held at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, Calif., on Wed., Oct. 26, 2016.
The event celebrated 24 years of LATM service to the community, guiding middle school students growing up in challenging urban environments to recognize and reach their full potential. Through a school-based, team approach to mentoring, young adolescents are given the tools and support necessary to make positive choices during a critical period in their lives.
Receiving special recognition from Los Angeles Team Mentoring were annual honoree and Keenan CEO Sean Smith, mentee of the year Abigail Bracamonte and mentor of the year Maria Calabrese.
For the last two years, employees from Keenan’s Torrance, Calif., headquarters have served as mentors at Wilmington Middle School. Mentors meet with their mentees two hours a week over the course of the school year. Experience has shown that youth are five times more likely to graduate from high school if they have a meaningful relationship with a caring adult.
“LATM believes it is important to recognize both the volunteer mentors and the companies they work for,” said Maria Melton, LATM Executive Director. “The support and encouragement from our mentors’ employers, like Keenan, gives our young people such a valuable resource in understanding their pathway to success.”
This age group, 11-14, is the most overlooked and underserved youth population in Los Angeles. Students come from challenging communities, where the majority of families live below the poverty line with high levels of unemployment, elevated crime rates and gang activity. To date, LATM has impacted over 24,000 young lives. Its programs take place during critical “out-of-school” time during after-school hours, weekends and summer break.
“It is truly a privilege for our company and our associates to be acknowledged by this wonderful organization,” said Smith. “The work they do is vital to the mission of empowering and preparing our next generation. And I know that our involvement is an extremely satisfying experience for the Keenan people who participate and volunteer their time.”
LATM’s relationship with Keenan goes back the past three years as a beneficiary of the company’s Impact Day initiative where Keenan volunteers gather to spend a day on community service projects for local non-profits and schools, including assembling student backpacks with school supplies for LATM.
Martha, a 7th grader in the LATM program, expressed the impact it has had on her. “There are many paths in life, but I need to take the one that will help me have a good life in the future.”
Founded in 1972, Keenan is a top-25 largest insurance consulting and brokerage firm in the U.S. and the largest independent broker in California. Keenan is dedicated to providing superior insurance products and services to schools, community colleges, healthcare organizations and municipalities for employee benefits, health benefit management services, workers’ compensation, risk management, and property and liability. With headquarters in Torrance, CA, Keenan has a staff of more than 700 insurance specialists and branch offices in Riverside, San Clemente, Oakland, San Jose, Rancho Cordova, Redwood City, Pleasanton and Eureka. For more information, call 800-654-8102 or 310-212-3344, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.keenan.com.
About Los Angeles Team Mentoring
Los Angeles Team Mentoring was founded in 1992 in response to civil unrest that plagued the city. Its innovative team-based mentoring approach was developed to combat the overwhelming negative challenges confronting young people in inner-city middle schools. It was also an answer to expanding the reach of mentoring to greater numbers of deserving youth. Today, the agency operates at 11 middle schools throughout the metropolitan area, making an authentic and enduring difference in the lives of thousands of young people. www.latm.org