Mentor2.0 Helps Boston Students Prepare for College and the Workforce


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James Ahern brings more than 15 years of investment experience to his position as the managing partner and head of capital markets for Laidlaw & Company in New York City. A supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB) outside his work for Laidlaw, Jimmy Ahern serves on the Board of Overseers of the BBBS Foundation. BBBSMB works to improve college graduation rates among high school students in the Boston Public School system through the Mentor2.0 program.

A technology-enhanced mentoring program, Mentor2.0 prepares high school students for college success and workforce readiness through transformative one-to-one support. Targeting first-generation students and those from low-income backgrounds, the program allows them to attend weekly college success classes taught by BBBS program coordinators.

Students also meet with a dedicated mentor through weekly online communications and monthly in-person meetings. Mentors can offer insight on college success curriculums during online meetings and spend one-on-one time with students during in-person meetings. In-person meetings take place after work hours and last for approximately two hours.