First Niagara Bank is pledging $100,000 to The Governor’s Prevention Partnership to support mentoring programs that promote well-rounded development of Connecticut’s youths, authorities say.

The Buffalo regional lender that this year bought out former NewAlliance Bank in New Haven also committed to help The Partnership recruit qualified mentors, specifically during National Mentoring Month in January.

Meanwhile, two Connecticut corporations — Pitney Bowes and  Webster Bank — were honored by The Partnership for their ongoing efforts in assisting in the mentoring of the state youths.

A third company, Texas-based Clear Channel Communications, which operates concert venues, radio stations, billboards and other media outlets in Connecticut, was honored with the media award for covering youth prevention issues and promoting them through public service announcements.

Also, Susan Weinberger, known affectionately as “Dr. Mentor,” received The Partnership’s William A. O’Neill Legacy Award given each year to an individual for vision, leadership and commitment in protecting youths.