• At First Niagara, Mentoring Matters

    Contributing time and knowledge to transform human potential into the success stories of our future.

  • First Niagara empowers communities to thrive through our  Mentoring MattersSM program. Mentoring Matters℠ is our corporate wide charitable giving program that provides monetary and employee volunteer support to organized mentoring initiatives. Mentoring Matters℠ reinforces the importance of mentoring and the positive impact that it has on today’s young adults.

    Since its inception in 2007, the Mentoring Matters Program at First Niagara has:

    • Reinforced the significance and showcased the positive impact that mentoring has had on the lives of over 15,000 young adults
    • Provided more than $5.25 million to support mentoring programs throughout the New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts
    • Empowered thousands of young adults and hundreds of organizations to thrive

    Day of Mentoring

    In an effort to better support communities by nurturing the skills and talents of young people, we’ve created "The Day of Mentoring" where local students spend the day at our regional headquarters. Over the past two years, hundreds of students participated and gained greater financial literacy, work place awareness, and life skills.


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  • How Mentoring Makes a Difference

    Statistics about mentoring provide strong justification for our efforts.

    Mentored children have:¹

    • Better school attendance 
    • An increased chance to move on to higher education 
    • An improved attitude about education

    Mentoring helps prevent:¹

    • Substance abuse 
    • Negative behaviors 

    Mentoring helps promote:¹

    • Positive social attitudes and relationships 
    • Trust and communication with parents 

    Mentored students who meet frequently with a mentor are:²

    • 52 percent less likely to skip a day of school 
    • 46 percent less likely to start using illegal drugs 
    • 37 percent less likely to skip class 
    • 27 percent less likely to begin drinking 
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1Child Trends study "Mentoring: A Promising Strategy for Youth Development"

2Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers, Big Sisters


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