100 Upstate New York Students First to Participate
"I learned so much and had a great time," said DiTaya Davis, student from Enterprise Charter School in
Davis was one of the many students who gained greater financial literacy, workplace awareness and a real world perspective on the skills and subjects learned in the classroom as a result of Day of Mentoring. Students also had the opportunity to be the "First Niagara Regional President for the day. "
"In a difficult economic climate, it's never been more important than to lead by example and to mentor our community's youth about real life issues like finance, work ethics and what it takes to successfully participate in today's workforce," said
"We chose to support mentoring because of the community need for it and the inspiring results achieved by mentoring programs," he continued.
According to national studies, of the 15 million children in need of mentoring, only three million are currently enrolled in mentoring programs. Mentoring has also been found to have a significant impact on children including: reduced cases of substance abuse, better attendance records and attitudes about school, greater expectations to attend college and positive social relationships.
"Day of Mentoring was a tremendous success for First Niagara," said Koelmel. "It allowed us to align our financial, employee volunteer and communication resources behind one central issue -- mentoring -- while empowering and encouraging First Niagara employees to serve as mentors in a highly energized, passionate and committed environment."
First Niagara's statewide Day of Mentoring is an extension of the bank's annual Mentoring Matters(SM) program -- a community support campaign that provides monetary support and employee volunteers to Upstate New York organizational mentoring programs. In the past two years, First Niagara has donated more than
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