John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation

Rating: 4.93 stars   15 reviews

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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  

5 people found this review helpful

I find the Mazie's Foundation, the most reliable program to help teenagers to find the way to accomplish goals and meet them to have a greater future. Also, it is a great program to help youth to confront their social and family problems with hope and confidence that increases their self-esteem as well.

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

The joy and happines of the students when they met their mentors

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

Every one is like a family member

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

This organization provides a system of mentors that are matched with students by a coordinator who works in the school at no cost to the system. In turn, these students receive various substantial rewards for their successful completion of 3, 6, 12, and 24-month goals culminating in substantial scholarships toward college. I have come to believe that the promises made to these students have been more than kept by the Foundation, and it is, in fact, all true. Framingham High School annually receives about 40 slots in the Mazie Foundation. Mentoring Director Lauren Kracoff screens students and evaluates their appropriateness for the program. A coordinator and a social worker link students with an adult mentor from the community. It is an investment in quality time and care for kids that form the cornerstone of an organization that provides a constant uplifting force. This secondary connection, in addition to the primary connection each student has with a mentor, should not be underestimated. The growth in maturity, responsibility, and raised academic achievement provided by the Mazie Foundation allows our students to open doors to the future that they had never even thought to knock on before. Concrete, realistic goals grounded in supportive relationships with other adults provide a scaffolding that almost all students can climb. It is a program few public schools could ever provide on their own, and a program that I am thrilled to have at our school. It has a huge impact on our students.

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

Providing a strong connection for students so they can thrive in a large comprehensive high school and set a goal of college completion and beyond

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

Ways to make it better...

There were more concrete funding mechanisms available for mentor training.

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The Mazie Foundation has helped students in need of an adult mentor find the appropriate guidance and positive influence they need to achieve their personal and academic goals. Students become more self aware, explore career options, and gain self esteem. Mazie Mentors have helped students experience success, inspiring them to tackle more ambitious career and life-long experiences, including college.

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

witnessing the academic success and personal growths of students at Framingham High School.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The Mazie Foundation has helped many students set and achieve goals. Some of them are personal while others are educational. Students work closely with a mentor starting in their sophomore year and work on things like bringing their grades up, opening a savings account, and applying to college.

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

-the number of students who stay with the program through graduation. -the strong bonds between mentors and mentees. -students who go on to college who probably would not have without their mentor's support and guidance.

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

seeing the look on students' faces when they accomplish something they thought they could never do.

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

dedicated and deeply involved in students' lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This organization provides mentors to high school young people who need that extra support.The students are required to set both personal and educational goals over three years and after successful completion of the program will receive up to $2000 towards post high school study. I am involved as both a mentor and a Board member and am humbled by the desire of these young people to overcome obstacles and become success adults. Many are the first in their family to go on to higher education or even complete high school. The most meaningful event each year is when the students share their college essay often telling of their experiences. I am amazed at how the students have and continue to persevere. For some students even simple goals, such as attend school every day, are a struggle as many are involved with helping to support their families or take care of their siblings or even their own children. The pride these students feel upon completion of the program is evident each year when they honor their mentors and share what that person has meant to them.

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

watching students grow and mature into young adults with an eye to the future.

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

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

working with young people as well as helping the organization set long term plans.

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

open, friendly, caring and dedicated.

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

expand its services to other area high schools by focusing more on recruiting volunteers and worrying less on raising funds.

Ways to make it better...

more opportunity to network with other mentors. This is currently being addressed and improved on.

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

being able to raise sufficient funds to support the program. It is a struggle to attract local companies to support this foundation as well as find volunteers as mentors.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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