Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts’ Mentor 2.0 Program

An experienced investment banker, James Ahern is a managing partner at Laidlaw & Company in New York. Outside of his work at Laidlaw, James “Jimmy” Ahern is on the board of overseers of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB).

BBBSMB is an organization that matches students with underprivileged backgrounds from the Greater Boston area, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard, with a mentor to guide them through school. To facilitate easier and meaningful interactions between mentors and mentees, BBBSMB uses the innovative Mentor 2.0 program.

In the Mentor 2.0 program, students create a post-secondary education and career path, and are empowered with the knowledge and skills to execute their plans. The students, who are from low-income areas and are the first in their families to go to high school, are matched with mentors from the career fields they are interested in joining. Once they are matched, they receive regular assignments and communication from their mentors. They also attend weekly college success classes conducted by a BBBSMB program coordinator and have one-on-one meet ups with their mentors every month. The program is designed to inspire the students to follow through with their higher education and career goals.