Mentoring has a tremendous impact on the lives of young adults. Studies clearly show that mentoring provides significant and tangible changes in students, including better grades, improved school attendance, better behavior, and evidence of a brighter future. Every child deserves to have a positive adult role model in his or her life, and many First Niagara teammates have the privilege of serving as volunteer mentors, where their time, expertise and life experiences inspire the young adults.
Supplementing our Mentoring Matters program, First Niagara hosts "Days of Mentoring," where students trade the classroom for the boardroom to learn firsthand what the corporate world is all about. Teammates from First Niagara introduce students to the importance of saving and being financially literate, as well as provide exposure to possible career opportunities in the banking industry.
Statistics about mentoring provide strong justification for our efforts.
Mentored children have:1
Mentoring helps prevent:1
Mentoring helps promote:1
Mentored students who meet frequently with a mentor are:2
Applications for First Niagara’s mentoring grants are by invitation only. Partners are chosen based on an evaluation to determine which groups best meet our objectives and effectively serve our community’s youth. Our goal is to empower youth in our communities to succeed through alignment with community-based organization(s) that have outstanding, proven and effective mentoring programs.
1Child Trends study, "Mentoring: A Promising Strategy for Youth Development"
2Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters
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