John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation

Rating: 4.93 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 1502 Wisteria Wy Wayland MA 01778 USA

Mission: To fulfill the legacy of John Andrew Mazie by recruiting and training adult volunteers to Mentor and act as role models for vulnerable high school students. To provide young people with the support they need to take control of their lives, set and achieve goals, prepare to apply to college or other post-secondary training, and experience success.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Serving as a mentor for the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life. As I prepare to enter my second "term" as a mentor, I look forward to working with a Framingham high school student who needs guidance, support, and friendship in order to achieve his or her goals. It’s amazing to witness the transformation of many of these students, many of whom have gone on to enter and graduate from college. If you have ever thought about becoming a mentor, please consider this program. You will not be disappointed.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the impact I can have on one person's life. Making a positive difference is important to me and my involvement in the Mazie Foundation has allowed me to be a positive force for someone who really needs it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

This organization is very well run. They are in constant contact with the Mentors and are always available to consult and otherwise help. The bottom line, however, is the impact they have on the youth they serve. I am very impressed by the transformation of so many of the mentees. Even those who do not succeed in a conventional sense benefit from the Mazie experience. The program is a great example of how small efforts can produce significant results.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping "kids at risk" understand the importance of setting and reaching goals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand their budget.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always available, knowledgeable and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach many more mentees.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

serving so many in need.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

What I like best about The Mazie Program is the support I have received throughout the 9 months I have been involved. The staff is very helpful when setting up goals with my mentee. Also, I like the idea of the staff being located in the high school where the mentees being served attend. The students have the support and guidance they need to be successful in the program. The staff does a good job of matching mentors to mentees and the experience of getting to know my mentee has been wonderful. I feel I have been able to enrich my life as much as I hope I have enriched my mentee's.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know my mentee. There are many students who look up to adults in their community and want these mentors in their life. I love seeing my mentor mature and become more confident in life. It's also a lot of fun to do things together

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

My experience as a mentor has been excellent. I have had the priveledge in being part of my mentee's life and it has been extraordiary. Mentoring a high school student has been enjoyable and has given me the opportunity to give back to the community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own life. This program has taught me the importance of patience whether it be at home or at the work place.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Spending time with my mentee. I have really enjoyed being around a wonderful 17 year old high school student. It's a wonderful experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Excellent. The training is perfect and the people you meet are very enthusiastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring this program globally.

Ways to make it better...

If my mentee and I could have the same schedule.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Time. I know I would love to dedicate more time to this program.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have never enjoyed being part of a program more than I have with the Mazi Foundation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I've been a mentor for a young man in high school for 6 months now. As the program is goals based, my mentee has specific things we have determined together should be goals for him to achieve. Although he was extremely hesitant towards the goals and my relationship with him initially, after 6 months we have the sort of relationship & experiences only true friends have. Our conversations bring back memories of my own teenage years and only help to foster our bond. I have witnessed a truly remarkable & positive change in my mentee's attitude & self-confidence within this short period of time. I believe we are both growing in ways neither of us ever expected. This has been a wonderful experience for me personally and I would highly recommend anyone who has a couple of hours available per week to get involve and help listen & guide these fantastic young adults.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

mentoring a funny, talented, polite, and extremely charming young man who attends high school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more opportunities for the mentors to get together. We only get better by hearing other stories and sharing experiences. I'd also improve the awards...these are teenagers afterall!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know & watch a fantastic young man flourish & realize his own abilites with a little of my personal time.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely friendly, knowledgable, and there when you needed them (at all hours of the day).

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring similar positive results to more young people in more communities.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote. Trying to work my own family life into this relationship has had its challenges, but my family has met my mentee and understands the importance of our times together.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding. To grow the program (and I honestly believe it should come to other communities) additonal funds are necessary for the awards and gatherings.

One thing I'd also say is that...

thank you. My experience has given me a very different perspective on my own life and what matters most. They told me initially that most of the mentors feel they benefit more than the mentees...I totally agree!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Have been involved for several years as a mentor, currently working with my second teenager. This foundation is doing wonderful things in the community, helping teens learn the way to rise above their circumstances through education and goal-setting. Each teen comes into the program voluntarily, but still nervous and suspicious that any adult would want to help them. They leave, 2 or 3 years later, upon graduation, with confidence that they can be successful in their dreams.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how my specific mentees have grown into strong young women. Plus, the stories that all program participants share are testaments to the power of a caring adult in a teen's life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make t-shirts!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

is learning the words to all the current songs. The radio is always on, set to the mentee's favorite channels. We drive and sing!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding. Generous with their time. Caring. Dedicated to making a difference.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

chasnge the world one teenager at a time. The need for guidance is so great, and there are more kids than ever who need personal attention to help them thru their school years.

Ways to make it better...

I had more energy!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the need for money and being able to financially support efforts to expand into other area school systems.

One thing I'd also say is that...

thank you, Lowell and Barbara, for turning your sorrow into a program that impacts lives for years to come. Mine included.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer for about 6 months. The program is truly first rate. We were given excellent training, especially in terms of what to expect. On key aspect of the program is that the mentees have to demonstrate through the application process that they are willing and ready to put in the time and effort necessary to be successful. In my personal experience, I am working with a teen knows that he has work to do to catch up academically, but is putting in some effort, even over the summer to catch up.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The many success stories inspire me to add one more to the list. There is a lot of evidence that this program works. Also, it is fun.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff is very professional and very helpful. There is a lot of contact and it is easy to get whatever help/advice that I need.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

This organization has allowed me to help my mentee begin to focus on his future plans. We have done some volunteer activities together, seen movies, hung out for ice cream and shared in some of my family ventures, such as the Big Apple Circus. As a retired teacher, it has helped me continue to connect with a high school student and provide support in school and personal goals. Having seen a teacher, I can help him in working through issues he may encounter in the classroom.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the continued rise of involved students and their success in moving to a college degree.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the variety of workshops for both student and mentor and a genuine desire to make the experience a positive and successful one.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely dedicated and determined to make each student success a positive one.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide even more assistance for meeting the challenge of college costs.

Ways to make it better...

I did not have a family of my own to care for. However, my mentee has become a part of my family and has responded really well to my 8 and 5 year old sons.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding volunteers and funding for the increasing number of students who are interested in the program.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

The foundation helps students in the Framingham High School. Most of the students are at risk of never finishing HS or getting into a lot of trouble. The fondation finds volunteers from the community to serve as mentors and pairs each mentor with a student. There are various activities to get to know the interest of the student and to figure out the best strategy to help the student identify what he or she needs to do to change things around. The most important part of the program is that it teaches the students to set goals and helps them plan and prepare to accomplish them. I encourage everyone in the area to check the Mazie Foundation and volunteer, give back to the community and help make it better.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way my mentee( a high school student) conduct himself. He is more confident and secure of himself and he is already making plans to attend college once he graduates.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The sense that I am not alone, there is a support structure and when there are difficulties they step in and help find the best solution.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very pasionate and well informed, very professional and capable of helping the students.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand and help more students from other communities. It could provide more educational activities and scholarships to help students with their financial needs once they start college.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

The Mazie program is phenomenal! It gives both the student and the mentor the help and support they need to be successful in this type of situation. I am always receiving emails from the administrators checking in to see how myself and my mentee are doing. This program gives students who are struggling a new chance. It challenges them with a series of goals that they much achieve and also helps them to know their are many adults out there who care about their well being and their future. I could go on for days about this program but I simply do not have the time! Please support this wonderful organization!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the every day life of my student

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep everything the same

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know my mentee

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, warm, friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of 10,000,000 students

Ways to make it better...

I had even more time with fellow mentors

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

none

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is honestly a great organization

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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