New mentor program links students
to community professionals
A new Mentor Program through which business/education professionals will coach Hamburg High School students to prepare them for college and career opportunities has become part of the Hamburg Academy of Finance (AOF) Program.
The mentoring was developed by the AOF Advisory Board Inc., consisting of about 40 professionals from the Hamburg community who provide support with curriculum expertise and work-based learning opportunities. Seventeen members of that board have signed on to become mentors to current sophomores and juniors. The mentors will coach students with interviewing skills, job shadow placements, internship connections, workplace expectations, LinkedIn profiles and more. There are more than 86 AOF students who have been matched with mentors this year.
The participating mentors and their affiliations are: Kevin Birt, HSBC; Rick Campbell, AXA Advisors; Peter Campo, GCW Capital Group; Lynne Dixon, Erie County Legislature; Tom Flynn, Key Bank, School Board president; Harry Forrest, Gross Shuman; Joe Gunning, Davis Financial; Cameron Hall, ValueCentric, School Board vice president; Jennifer Kuhn, Hamburg Overhead Door; Jeff Leyonmark, GA Leyonmark Insurance; Bob Madden, Lawley Insurance; Pat McKee, Millennium Funding; Ken Monaco, Bryant & Stratton College; Annette Olday, Meridia Community Credit Union; Keith Pelkey, Erie County Department of Social Services; Joe Wenzel, Town of Hamburg Recreation; Kristin Wheaton, Goldberg Segalla (Mentor Committee chairperson).
Pictured above at the Meet & Greet kick-off are AOF junior Brian Colmerauer and his mother, Joanne Colmerauer, with mentor Ken Monaco.
-- Sept. 28, 2017