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.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor 2.0 Program

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Experienced financial executive James Ahern specializes in biotechnology investments, life sciences investments, and early stage private capital for Laidlaw and Company, a health care investment bank. He serves as managing partner and head of capital markets at Laidlaw, raising capital and advising companies. In addition to his professional responsibilities, James “Jim” Ahern stays involved with the community and sits on the Board of Overseers for The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is a nonprofit organization that operates as a regional branch of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation. Founded in 1949, the organization provides adult mentoring services to over 2,400 youth through adult volunteers known as Bigs. In addition to campus, school, and community-based programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay operates an online initiative known as Mentor 2.0.

Designed for high school students, the Mentor 2.0 program utilizes a web-based platform to host weekly communication sessions between students and their mentors. In person meetings are also held once a month through the program. Moreover, mentors are provided guided questions for discussion with the ultimate goal of helping students succeed academically and prepare to enter the workforce.