The following article was originally published by Sun Community News on Oct. 5, 2020.


ESSEX | Students from several area high schools spent an extra day online recently- this time for a comprehensive e-mentoring program offered by CFES Brilliant Pathways and Colgate-Palmolive.

The Sept. 30 mentoring effort involved more than 1,200 students from 15 schools across the Adirondacks, central New York and New York City, focusing on college and career readiness.

As part of Colgate Cares Day 2020, the company matched employee volunteers with CFES students as the mentors, many of whom were first-generation college students, shared their own pathways and strategies used to achieve their postsecondary goals.

Students from Beekmantown Middle School, Willsboro Central School District, Crown Point High School, Moriah Central School District, AuSable Valley High School and Ticonderoga Central School District were involved in the first-of-its-kind online mentoring program.

Rick Dalton, president and CEO of CFES, called the Colgate Cares virtual event “an extraordinary success.”

“The 18 volunteer employees from Colgate connected with our students in every one of the schools. They provided encouragement and strategic advice that lifted up our children.”