Nasdaq Opening Bell - Group PhotoIn honor of National Mentoring Month, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, founder of Mentoring USA, rang the Opening Bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square.

The former First Lady of the State of New York was joined by over 30 mentors and mentees from long-time Mentoring USA partners Bloomingdale’s, St. Ann’s School in East Harlem, City Polytechnic High School of Architecture, Engineering and Technology, RAND Architecture and Engineering, and the New York Junior League.

Click here to view photographs from the January 25, 2017 Opening Bell Ringing.

“Thank you to NASDAQ for this wonderful opportunity to celebrate National Mentoring Month and Mentoring USA,” said Mrs. Cuomo. “The annual NASDAQ Bell Ringing has been an unforgettable tradition for all of us.

“Along with the mentors who have joined us today, NASDAQ’s long-time commitment to serving the community with volunteerism and mentorship has made a lasting impact on the lives of children.”

Click here to view Matilda Raffa Cuomo’s “Behind the Bell” interview from NASDAQ.

Mentoring USA shares a long relationship with NASDAQ. Through NASDAQ’s support, Mentoring USA has expanded its financial education initiative to provide mentees life lessons about the long-term benefits of saving and what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Mentoring USA’s mentees have also had the opportunity to visit the NASDAQ offices in Downtown Manhattan each of the past three years for a career day. Students have been able to learn about career options in the financial sector through one-on-one conversations with staff, and also experience presenting at the front of a boardroom.

About Mentoring USA

Mentoring USA, a New York City-based non-profit, is a structured, site-based, mentoring organization that began as the first state-sponsored, school-based, one-on-one mentoring program in the country in 1987. The program, founded by former First Lady of the State of New York, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1995. Mentoring USA’s mission is to create sustained and supportive mentor relationships for children in need ages 7 to 21. The program matches youth across the country with inspirational adult mentors who can guide them in developing better self-esteem, creating healthy relationships, and making positive life choices.

Mentoring USA’s programs have a proven track record of success—99% of the students in Mentoring USA’s school-based and community-based mentoring programs have consistently moved on to the next grade level. Mentoring USA also provides international mentoring programs through Mentoring Italia. To learn more, visit:

About Nasdaq

Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to more than 3,700 listed companies with a market value of $10.0 trillion and approximately 18,000 corporate clients. To learn more, visit: or