The Mazie Mentoring Program helps aspiring Framingham, Waltham, and Marlborough high school students set and achieve goals, graduate from high school, prepare to apply to college or other post-secondary training, and experience success.
The Mazie Mentoring Program fulfills the legacy of John Andrew Mazie, a man who was a mentor to many young people before tragically dying in a car accident. In his honor, his parents Barbara and Lowell Mazie created the Mazie Mentoring Program. Since its foundation in 1998, the Mazie Mentoring Program has served over 900 students in both Framingham and Waltham High Schools. As of September 2019, a third program began at Marlborough High School.
How do I Become a Big in the Mazie Mentoring Program?
First, we ask all applicants to inquire through the Mazie Mentoring Program application. From there, you will speak with the Program Manager of your preferred location, where you will learn more about the application process, requirements, and what you’ll do as a mentor.
To ensure we are keeping everyone in our programs safe and happy, we conduct a background check for each volunteer. We’ll ask you to complete a CORI/SORI form and to send us three references who can confirm your ability to be a mentor. We also ask you to attend two online training sessions that will go in depth covering what you may need to know when working with youth that have various mental health concerns and LGBTQ+ youth.
After the trainings are completed, you’ll be invited for an interview with your Program Manager. It is a chance for us to get to know you, learn about what you’d like to get out of the program, and hear about what your interests are and what you like to do for fun. After the interview, the next step is to attend a training with other new Mentors. This training will go over everything you need to know to create healthy mentoring relationships. Finally, you’ll be matched with your Mentee and will get to meet them!
How are the Mentors and Mentees Matched?
Our Mazie Program Mangers match volunteer Mentors with Mentees based on a variety of factors, such as interests, family history, location, and personalities. Our staff really take the time to get to know both the Mentor and the Mentee. Your Program Manager will review our list of Mentees at your school and will do their best to find a Mentee who will be a great fit for you.
A unique aspect of the Mazie Mentoring Program is Match-Up Day. Each November, a Match-Up Day takes place and all Mentors and Mentees gather to officially meet their match. They will get to take the first steps to building a healthy relationship with the support of the Program Managers.
What are the Requirements for the Mazie Mentoring Program?
Mentors and Mentees commit to meeting for an average of 8 hours per month so they can make a positive impact on that young teen’s life. Together, matches work together to guide the mentee’s personal development, expose them to different activities and experiences, and help with academic pursuits. A major focus is on completing the Goal Award Program. Mentors work with their mentees to establish three sets of goals during the first year of the program. Students commit to an academic goal, such as improving their grades or applying to internships, then document the milestones they reach along the way. Participants develop a post-graduation plan as well, such as attending college, joining the military, or seeking vocational training.
Throughout the length of the match, the Program Manager will continue to monitor and stay involved to ensure each party is happy and safe. These check-ins happen once a month for the first year of the match. Matches stay together from Sophomore year to Graduation.
To become a Mentor in our Mazie Mentoring Program, visit here.
Read our full Guide to Becoming a Big and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & Metrowest here.