NY1 News Highlights Willkie’s Participation in New York State Mentoring Program

November 21, 2017
The news segment features Willkie mentors and partner Mitch Auslander meeting with third graders from P.S. 111, a nearby elementary school, as part of the program created by Matilda Cuomo to help at-risk and disadvantaged elementary school students throughout New York.

NY1, a leading cable news channel covering New York City news, featured Willkie in a November 17 news segment on the New York State Mentoring Program, in which the firm participates. The program, first created by Matilda Cuomo 33 years ago, matches at-risk and disadvantaged elementary school students throughout the state with mentors at Willkie and other organizations. The news segment featured Willkie mentors meeting at the firm with their assigned mentees, third graders from P.S. 111, a nearby elementary school. Currently, 32 Willkie associates and staff have volunteered as mentors and have undergone state-provided mentor training for the program. Willkie is the first law firm to participate in the program.

“[The program is] important for these kids and it is important to show others that these are the kinds of programs that can help children get ahead,” Partner Mitchell Auslander, who leads the firm’s participation in the program, told NY1.

The NYS Mentoring Program currently includes 65 schools and 1,200 mentors throughout the state.

View: “A focus on mentoring: 1-on-1 with Matilda Cuomo,” NY1, 11/17/17, available here.

Governor Mario Cuomo joined Willkie as a partner in 1995 after leaving office. Willkie is pleased to honor his legacy of public service through our association with Matilda Cuomo and this program.