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!
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.
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.
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!
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.