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MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: The mission of Mothers Awareness on School-Age Kids is to engage and educate parents, children and the community about the issues facing youth today and to empower children to make safe, healthy choices.

Results: MASK continues to develop and deliver innovative approaches to prevention. Also, our award-winning publication, MASK The Magazine, has reached over 8 million people around the globe. Our quarterly publication provides parenting solutions for today's families broken down age-appropriately from elementary school to college.

Programs: Prevention and outreach programs on a variety of topics that affect children and families.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Hadiane

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MASK is an amazing organization dedicated to helping today’s families. I have seen thousands of student learn important social emotional skills through MASK programs and I can’t wait to see all the future of this nonprofit has to offer.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my time volunteering for MASK, I have not only seen the effects this amazing organization has in the children and families with whom they work, but have also seen these effects in my own life. The world is becoming more terrifying every year; students have so much pressure on them to succeed and be accepted, technology is influencing increases in cyber-bullying, and teens are experimenting with more drugs. I saw all of this happening when I was in high school and now it is getting even more intense. MASK matters because it provides tools for children, families, and the community that are not being offered from any other source. Because of MASK, children are now being educated in social emotional skills in a way that is not only educational, but is fun. When I teach the lessons in schools the students are excited to see me, they remember our last lesson, and are ready to learn more. MASK is making an amazing impact in our community and I am honored to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MASK is an exceptional organization that has its priorities straight and all members who work for the organization have such a passion for helping families that it creates an overwhelmingly positive environment. MASK is always evolving to fit the needs of the constantly changing world we live in and the organization isn't afraid of tackling tough to talk about topics that are usually ignored.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with MASK since their early days and have seen the impact they have on school-aged children and their families. They have assisted schools I have been involved with in a very personal way, and I have seen the positive impact it has had. This is an incredible organization to support, cheer on, and get involved with!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am beyond blessed to have been associated with MASK for over a decade. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with the MASK team to create multiple platforms to help parents, teachers and the community create safe, intentional environments where children can prosper, parent-child bonds can be strengthened, and students can acquire the social-emotional skills needed to mature into confident, kind and successful adults.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a busy wife, mother and business owner, it is hard to stay on top of the changing cycles in todays youth. MASK has been an incredible resource for our family! It keeps us connected and active in our childs life. It also gives us useful tools that we will need to handle delicate situations and topics.
This past summer our daughter was able to attend the E3 Summer program at the MASK corporate office and the take away was amazing. She's eight and is still talking about her digital finger print and how important it is to know that what you do and the choices you make today will be with you for a lifetime online! I wish more kids could grasp that!
It takes a Village and we are so thankful for our MASK family!
Shannon Thorpe

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the years, I have come to know the staff and programs of MASK at a fairly intensive level. I cannot give enough stars of support about this great group of people who are committed to improving the lives and challenges of school aged kids. With an inspiring leadership team, a wide array of resources and program offerings and front line "feet on the street," they are an organized group with an impactful mission. "Great" is too small of an adjective. I highly recommend supporting and working with the wonderful MASK team.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has founders with such dedication and passion - it's contagious. The women that run this organization are forward thinkers whose magazine and the educational programs are top notch. They truly work tirelessly to achieve their mission of engaging, educating and empowering parents and children.

cocokatz

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MASK was what I needed when I was a PTO president trying to rally parents to attend meetings on topics like prevention and bullying...yet the same handful would be all that came, The out reach to all parents AND their kids educating them on topics that effect families in a multitude of areas through a colorful attractive text in a magazine, and now though programs in curriculum, using college mentors, bringing science in to capture messages...it's a way to reach and inform in a fun unique way. This brings bridges for communication not just among adults, but between adults and kids no matter how young or old. Kudos on finding the secret I wish I had back then!

Beth180

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with MASK for 4 years. I've never seen so many wonderful women come together to achieve the one similar goal of helping families!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity of getting to know this wonderful organization since I started my business almost 6 years ago. The ladies who spearhead this nonprofit are so passionate, and laser-focused on their mission; their energy is contagious. As a result, I am continually looking for ways to bring their efforts to my patient base (I am an orthodontist, and treat many children and teenagers). Parents just love the copies of MASK magazine I always have available in my waiting room, and find it a wonderful parenting tool (in fact, some stop in just to get a copy); I build quarterly contests for the kids around the quarterly release of the magazine to stimulate family discussions, and we've just recently had a patient's family meal-time poem published in the magazine. My team and I also had an opportunity to participate first-hand in one of MASK's "shock and awe" events at our local high school - a live dramatization of the aftermath of a serious car accident due to underage drinking - the impact on those teenagers was huge. I am so proud to be involved in promoting the MASK mission: Engage, Educate, Empower. These ladies do what they say, and they are making a difference!
--Alyssa Levin DDS, MS (Phoenix, AZ)

Carissa6

Donor

Rating: 5

This is my first year of involvement with MASK and the people I've met are truly amazing! This is a great organization run by great individuals. This organization truly strives to make a difference in the lives of our young people. I would love to see more people get involved to spread the word about this organization and the changes we are making with young people today!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MASK has amazing programs and a high quality quarterly magazine to help parents navigate society's difficult decisions today. Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids works hard at positively encouraging parents to communicate with their children regarding difficult issues.

Advisor

Rating: 5

As managing editor of MASK Magazine, I have been fortunate enough to work closely with MASK's staff, volunteers and interns -- all of whom are dedicated to providing families the information and resources they need to deal with important issues young people face today. It has been amazing to see the organization grow from a small group of inspiring moms wanting to provide valuable information to families, to a full-fledged resource that offers research-based programming; summer camp programs for kids; a quarterly magazine focused on timely and important issues facing young people; and an awards program that recognizes mothers and fathers dedicated to improving the lives of our children and families. MASK is a valuable resource, one that families can truly benefit from.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MASK is a non-profit organization that is born from moms wanting to make this world easier to navigate for parents and children together. The start to finish approach of teaching kids how to live a mentally healthy and emotionally confidant lifestyle far exceeds many other programs offered. Their staff of doctors, educators, moms, business professionals and dads are truly making an impact on many families lives on a daily basis. I am so proud of the work that they accomplish.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working with MASK for the past 3 years. As a classroom teacher I was looking to help an organization that benefited children. The people at MASK amazed me! Their mission was right in line with my beliefs as a parent and teacher. Children have so many issues to face these days as they grow and mature and MASK really helps them navigate their way and gives the parents wonderful tips and information to guide their children. The magazine is filled with information, no matter how hard it is to face, that is essential for raising successful children. Their assemblies are informational and on the child's level addressing topics ranging from peer pressure to bullying to drugs, all the issues kids need to know about. I am pleased to be involved with MASK and hope to continue our relationship for many years.

Board Member

Rating: 5

MASK has been a growing force within our Arizona community and beyond for over 7 years. The familes and children that have benefited from our E3: Engage, Empower, Educate programs around all of the growing life challenges our childend face today are countless.

This non-profit organization started with a vision and passionate mother, Kimberly Cabral to simply provide the materials, support and education our children need today to grow into healthy individuals of great character. MASK has grown significantly in the programming offered to schools, parents and children as well as the MASK Magazine that is offered as an ongoing public outreach that contains relevant and inspiring content.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Mask and all it stands for. Amazing people with even more amazing hearts to educate and enrich families of all walks of life.

Neha P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about this organization a year ago and firmly believe in their mission. As a mother of two young children I am excited to see my children grow but also know that issues kids deal with these days growing isn't going to be easy for them or I as their parent. The magazines published by this organization provoke my thinking and help prepare me for what situations my children could encounter and provide me with tools for being empowered with knowledge. Thank you MASK for what you do!!!

Ashley112

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful non-profit organization with an inspirational vision/mission.

Advisor

Rating: 5

MASK serves as a much-needed resource to communities. By partnering with schools, teachers, educators, parents, children and professional, expert resources, MASK is bringing focus and needed light to many critical issues facing children today. All too often, society doesn't allow for the proper communication to take place. MASK provides a platform where critical information is shared via a multitude of platforms. This communication and information covers a broad spectrum of issues our children are consistently facing.
Through MASK, I have learned how important it is to not continue to sweep these issues - no matter how uncomfortable they may be - under the rug. Our children need to feel empowered to voice their concerns, questions and confusion. It's imperative that those who are with our children are equipped to properly address these questions, as well as offer appropriate guidance and support. MASK's many programs and communication vehicles provide this type of education and enlightenment.
MASK is doing incredibly important work and I am extremely grateful for their tireless efforts!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MASK is invaluable to my clients! They read every article in the published magazing cover to cover!
This resource is so wonderful.
Dr. Vitanza

Melissa231

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MASK provides a unique forum for the dissemination of critical information and help for local families. The contributors are leaders in the field. This is an amazing publication!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great magazine, really does a good job in increasing awareness for issues kids deal with today

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An amazing resource piloted by the best expertise. Thanks!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MASK magazine is an excellent magazine for moms with School-age kids. Provides so much detail information and helps so much to Moms to raise their kids. I hope every one with the children should read all the issues of MASK.

Shefali G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What an amazing group of individuals to work with and for. I count myself lucky every time I walk out of the offices at MASK - where else would I get to meet and work with such dedicated, passionate, and talented individuals. We care so much about our mission to help families deal with everyday challenges that they face! Our E3 message of engage, educate, empower is so meaningful and the content of our programs and presentations reach so many kids! When I first met with the president and founders, I was just floored by what they were doing! Their content is put together in such a contemporary manner and in a way that can reach today's kid and parents at the same time. MASK is so unique and relevant, you really can't find parenting- and kid-relevant information like this anywhere else! I find this to be one of the most inspiring organizations and I can't say enough good things about this amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first got in touch with MASK by the means of an internship program with my school. When I contacted them, I was set up with an interview right away and was explained to about their mission and what work i would be doing. I had read two of their magazines previously, and I loved them, so I had the basic idea of what they were all about. When my internship began, I was amazed at how much meaningful research they do to reach out and help. Working for MASK was fun and the staff are immensely kind and they love all the help they can get.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people of MASK (Mothers Awareness on School Aged Kids) are some of the most caring and amazing people I have ever worked with. They truly care about the organization and making a difference in the community. Not only does their award-winning publication, MASK The Magazine outline and take an in-depth look into what our children and families face, but their programs provide realistic solutions for our children -- I wish they were around while my daughter was growing up.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of an opportunity to volunteer at MASK through volunteermatch.org and I am very happy to have done so. I was quickly set up with an interview and within a week was given work that made me feel effective, well utilized, and comfortable as a MASK volunteer. The staff is all extremely knowledgeable and friendly in addition to being fiercely committed to bettering the relationships children share with their parents, school, and community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have read the magazine and been to a presentation, and seen some TV interviews. Great organization with a great goal. Glad to see someone out there taking on such an important issue, and having an impact.

1 Jena3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the extreme privilege to be an intern at MASK for almost 2 years. During my time there, I have heard and seen how much the MASK magazine and events have had an impact on others. It was also touching to witness the start up of the MASK Unity Community and MASK Unity Award- honoring a diverse group of mothers trying to change their communities... the MASK staff, donors, supporters and volunteers that have come through the doors, are all passionate and truly care about engaging, educating and empowering parents and youth

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first heard about this nonprofit group, I thought it was all about the Moms in our community. But quickly I found out that they give out so much information about all the types of childhood problems that kids have today. I love their magazine that they publish! If you ever want to know what kind of problems kids are having today and how you can help solve them I would suggest looking into this Non-Profit!

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Donor

Rating: 4

I found out about MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids) when I was surfing the web. I came across 'Jacob's Story' and was so moved that I knew I had to get involved. I subscribed to their highly informative award-winning publication, MASK The Magazine, donated what I could (the great part is that I can securely and safely donate any amount that fits into my budget directly through their website), and stayed in touch with their efforts through their amazing social media outlets that are updated weekly!
MASK The Magazine is a great tool to stay informed with what my nieces, nephews and cousins are going through. The best part: it provides realistic and practical solutions. And, as a periodic donor of what fits into my budget, I always knew where my donation was going -- their website, social media outreach, magazine and events always have me an accurate impact of how I was helping my community and those around the world!

1 Janell M.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My daughter was looking for volunteer hours with a local non-profit and Jacob, at MASK, offered us the opportunity to work on a project together. Since the purpose of the organization is to provide meaningful communication between parents and children, I thought it was great that my daughter and I could work together to share this goal. Everyone in the office was friendly and welcoming and we enjoyed the opportunity to share the MASK messages.

1 Kail P.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I first got acquainted with MASK on The Young Reporters, a local AZ radio show, and the representative that we met was very friendly, and was knowledgeable about what he does. MASK (Mother's Awareness on School-aged Kids) is a strong, well-based nonprofit with nothing but good intention.