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Leadership Greater Hartford Receives $2,400 Sponsorship Award from Aetna

Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH) received a $2,400 sponsorship award from Aetna in support of four youth to attend their Summer Nexus youth leadership development program.

For many teens, their high school is their world. Summer Nexus gives high schoolers a chance to broaden their horizons, build relationships with students from different communities, appreciate different points of view, and still be part of something uniquely their own.

This week-long program, offered in two different sessions each summer, helps young adults develop leadership skills that will help them make an impact in their schools and communities. Coming from both urban and suburban schools, Summer Nexus participants build new bonds of trust and friendship through an interactive curriculum and by planning and implementing a community-focused service project.

A student from Covenant Preparatory Magnet School shares this about his experience in the July session, “Our Summer Nexus group got to decide on and plan a community service project for the Community Child Guidance Clinic to refurbish their buildings and grounds. Working together taught me the skills and techniques I need to create a successful event, club or project at school or in future endeavors.”

The students in the August session partnered with the South Park Inn. An Aetna-sponsored Bulkeley high school student says that his “favorite part of Summer Nexus was when I got to work on a service project with my new friends. Gaining these hidden leadership abilities helped us all be able to help the South Park Inn homeless shelter by gathering numerous toiletry donations from countless caring donors. There is no doubt that this is an experience that I will never forget, and any kid would be very lucky to have this opportunity as well.”

“Aetna’s mission is to build a healthier world, and we are doing that one community at a time,” said Chris Montross, Senior Managing Director, Community Activation and Employee Activation for Aetna. “This commitment includes supporting young people who want to make an impact, and we are proud to work with Leadership Greater Hartford to support young adults in Hartford who are driving positive change in their community.”


According to Ted Carroll, President of Leadership Greater Hartford, “Our community needs to grow tomorrow’s leaders today. Fortunately, Aetna recognizes this need and has stepped up in a big way to address it. We are very grateful for their belief in young people and in the future of our community."

In 2017 Summer Nexus brought together 36 students from 14 different towns and 23 different high schools. By using the new leadership skills they learned, the high schoolers discovered the difference they could make by working together.

For more information about Summer Nexus, please visit or contact Andre Santiago at 860-951-6161 (x1100) or

Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH) is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization that supports and strengthens the local community by training and connecting aspiring and established leaders. For more information about how to be a participant or sponsor, or to inquire about customized training with Leadership Greater Hartford, call 860-951-6161 (x1800), email visit, or follow LGH on Facebook and Twitter @leadershiphtfd.

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 44.6 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see and learn about how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world. @AetnaNews