About the Mazie Mentoring Program
The Mazie Mentoring Program matches high school students with volunteer mentors with the objective of helping students achieve their goals and succeed. The Mazie Mentoring Program is currently operating in Framingham, Waltham, and Marlborough High Schools.
The program fulfills the legacy of John Andrew Mazie, a man who was a mentor to many young people who passed away at a young age. In his honor, his parents Barbara and Lowell Mazie created the Mazie Mentoring Program and in 2017 Big Brothers Big Sisters began managing the program. Learn more about John Andrew Mazie here.
Check out our Mazie Mentoring Program FAQ's here!
Goal Award Program
Mazie matches engage in community service events together, plan out personal and academic goals, and attend staff hosted events such as Senior Celebration Night. Although this is a goal-oriented program, the most important aspect is bonding and relationship-building. Many of our matches go on nature walks, play sports together, go out to eat, or drive around and talk. The opportunities are endless and like any relationship, it takes time, patience, and fun.
If I didn’t come into this mentoring program I would still think very poorly about myself. Thanks to the Mazie Foundation I have set goals and have plans for what I want to accomplish in the future. Your program saved me from making terrible mistakes. I hope that in the future you inspire many other kids like me. I know that if you can change me you can convince many others to think highly of themselves.
I think that what you and your foundation is doing for kids is much more than just giving us free laptops or scholarships and all that, but its providing a stepping stone in our lives where we can say ‘Yes, we can do this,’ instead of saying ‘I don’t really know if this will work.’ I know that I used to say that much more than I do now.
Being part of the Mazie Program was one of my greatest accomplishments in high school. I am so proud of being a mentee and I can truly say that the program changed my life. I want to continue being part of the Mazie Program in the future by becoming a mentor. As I now go off to college, I want to thank you for allowing me to be part of such a wonderful organization.
STEP #1: make sure you're ready to commit
The decision to become a Mazie Mentor is a major one: you are choosing to bring someone new into your life who you will see on a regular basis! You will build a connection with a young person who looks up to you and relies on you. Consider these three primary questions before moving forward: Do you have enough free time to reliably and sustainably commit to this program? Do you meet the requirements listed above in our FAQ? Are you comfortable working with students with varying racial, ethnic, religious, educational, gender and sexual identities? If you answered yes to those three questions, apply within!
STEP #2: Complete the online Inquiry form
Once you fill out the inquiry form at the link above, one of our program managers will reach out to you to continue the application process.
STEP #3: Interview and Background check
Once your Mazie Program Manager has reviewed your inquiry form, they will reach out to you to schedule an informal interview either in-person or via video conference, so that they can get to know you and you can ask any questions you may have. You will also need to fill out a background check, which includes a Massachusetts Criminal History Systems Report (CORI), SORI, and a national criminal record check. We will also need a copy of your driver’s license and driver’s insurance.
STEP #4: ATTEND mazie mentor TRAININGs
You're almost there! Now that you’ve had your interview, filled out the required paperwork, and your Mazie Program Manager has everything they need to know to match you with a mentee, we require you to attend a training for all new mentors. We hold two, 2-hour trainings, offered either virtually or in-person, to cover all the required materials so that you feel equipped and excited for this responsibility. Don't worry; we keep these trainings fun & engaging!
STEP #5: GET MATCHED WITH YOUR LITTLE
Congratulations! If you’ve made it this far, you’re ready to become a mentor and officially be matched with a mentee. Your Mazie Program Manger will let you know as soon as they have a match for you, and you will be invited to our big Mazie Match day to celebrate the beginning of your match!