Newsletter | Spring 2007
PLANNING FOR GROWTH
A message from Lowell Mazie, Executive Director
In June our Foundation will celebrate its 10th anniversary. We have come a long way since we arranged for our first two Mentor/Mentee match-ups. The lives of over 220 at-risk youth have been positively impacted since our program first started. For the past three years we have been accepting 30 students per year into our program. 29 Alumni are attending college and receiving their annual $500 scholarship installment. 25 additional students will be graduating from high school this June. We are very proud of our accomplishments but realize that there are many more youth in need of an adult in their lives to guide them through their difficult adolescent years.
Our Board of Directors is close to completing a Long Range Strategic Plan that will significantly increase the number of needy, vulnerable youth we are able to serve. We are fortunate to have Board member Tom Sherwin, President of CEO Resources, Inc., as the facilitator of the process. Tom’s company provides their clients with assistance in the areas of general management, strategic and operational planning, CEO Coaching, board of director development and other organization building areas.
Tom asked me to develop a vision of what the Foundation would look like 10 years into the future. Considering the Foundation’s mission of carrying on John Andrew Mazie’s legacy by helping children at-risk become children of promise, and the large number of youth who face adversity in achieving their dreams, I envisioned an organization serving 40 students per year from each of five area schools; a total of 200 students per year, compared to the 2006 rate of 30 per year. The annual expense budget totaled $1.2 million, compared to $95,000 for 2006.
Like many worthwhile long-term goals, it almost sounds impossible to achieve. But as we teach our student mentees, long-term goals are realized by accomplishing a series of short-term achievable steps. So, in 2007, we are taking the first step by increasing our annual intake of students from Framingham High by 33%, to 40 per year. Annual expenses increase to $112,000 in 2007 and by 2010 when we will be awarding lap top computers and scholarships to 40 students per year, our annual expenses will climb to $160,000.
When our family first started the mentoring program, we were warned that it would be extremely difficult to raise the funds required to support it. We felt that if we were performing a valuable community service and people were aware of it, the funds would become available. Thus far, this has been the case, thanks to many of you who are reading this newsletter. Now, more than ever, as we expand our service in order to fill the community need to serve vulnerable, at-risk youth, we need your financial help. Join us at our special events or just make a tax-free contribution and bask in the satisfaction of becoming part of the national crusade to rescue at-risk youth.
SPECIAL FUND RAISING EVENTS
Visit our website at www.mazie.org for
more details on these activities.
RECYCLE YOUR COMPUTER
Sat., April 28, 9am-3pm
Framingham High School parking lot
115 A Street, Framingham
WE-work with a licensed professional recycling company, pay them to collect the items you bring, shred the hard drives, salvage metals, send plastic, glass, etc. for recycling and dispose of toxic materials (such as lead/mercury) in an environmentally responsible way.
YOU–give a tax-deductible donation to the Mazie Foundation for items you bring:
CRT Monitors: $15 ea.
Desk Top or Lap Top Computers: $10 ea.
Printers or Fax Machines: $10 ea.
Other electronic devices: $10 ea.
FREE: Keyboards, Mice, Small Speakers
Free Peet’s Coffee & Dunkin Donuts!
DINNER AT UNO CHICAGO GRILL May 10th: 70 Worcester Rd. (Rt. 9)
A “dough rai$ser” for the Mazie Mentoring Program. We will earn 15 to 20% of each patron’s check (excluding tax/tip). You must present the enclosed coupon to make your participation count. Please plan a meal at Uno on Thursday, May 10thand encourage friends, family and co-workers to join you!
9th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Mon., June 4, Framingham Country Club
Registration, lunch, open driving range: 11:30am-1pm. Shotgun start at 1pm. Lexus hole in one prizes, Dinner, other prizes & raffle drawing at 6:30pm.
RODMAN RIDE for KIDS
Sat., Sept. 29: Rodman Fitness Center, Foxboro. Choose a 25, 50 or 100 mile flat, scenic route. Enjoy food, drink and prizes under a big tent at the end of your ride.
GOAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: November 14, 2006 & March 14, 2007
At our fall award event, 13 students received their 1-year award lap top computers, and another 10 earned their 6-month award, $50 Wellesley Booksmith gift cards and framed certificates. At our March event, six received lap tops, one student the 6-month award, and 14 mentoring pairs earned the 3-month goal award of either personalized Foundation mugs or the chance to decorate mugs at the Clayroom in Natick. Special thanks to Wellesley Booksmith and Clayroom for discounting these awards and to Mathworks for hosting these events!
To earn their 6-month and one-year awards, students set and achieved these goals: raised course grades; interviewed professionals in various fields to investigate careers; learned how to write resumes, filled out job applications, and practiced job interviews with their mentors; learned how to open bank accounts and save money; toured local colleges, and followed fitness and health weight loss plans. A student whose goal was to improve grades in both her math classes, ended up not only earning A’s in both courses but also then being transferred to two higher level courses for the remainder of the year where she is doing well. One student’s goal was to learn how to play the drums, another the guitar. One student worked with children in an after school program at Suburban Athletic Club to learn some teaching skills. Two students completed complex applications to apply to the UMass Medical Campus High School Health Career six-week summer internship program, which is highly competitive. Congratulations to our mentees for their hard work and perseverance and to their mentors for their thoughtful, patient and motivational support.
MENTORS HONORED AT DINNER APRIL 11, 2007 AT COLUMBUS CLUB
In April, we held our 4th annual Mentor Recognition Dinner to honor the 25 mentors whose mentees graduate this June, culminating their nearly 3-year relationship together. Mentors, significant others, mentees and families attended. Mentors spoke about the meaningful time spent together and their mentees’ progress; students thanked their mentors with hugs and tears, and read their 5 Year Vision/Mission Statements, to complete their Senior-Year goal.
Thank you to our Mentors and Mentees for enriching each others lives.
MENTEES: IN THEIR OWN WORDS
At each Award Event, mentors and mentees fill out anonymous surveys to provide qualitative data about our program. In November and March, 26 students gave our program a rating of excellent, nine of good! Most students reported that the mentoring relationship has increased their self confidence as well as their sense that they have more options for their futures. Below are typical student comments, in their own words, in answer to the following question:
What have you learned from your relationship with your mentor?
*That as long as I work hard at it, I can be successful in anything I do.
*We still are close and can talk about anything
*Yes, I feel that I became smarter
*That there are people willing to help me with my future.
*That people do care about others and my mentor helped me set goals and actually accomplish them. They helped me a lot.
*I have gained more responsibility, more consistent effort in my school; [I] write down everything so I could not forget.
*a lot of things like being respectful and overcome my fears
*I have learned that I can have friends that speak English.
*I’ve learned to be a better responsible person. To finish anything that I started.
*I learned how to set goals and achieve them through hard work.
*I have gained an interest in trying to do better in school and getting my homework in on time.
*Sometimes adults seem like the enemy but that’s different now.
18 NEW PAIRS IN NOVEMBER; 22 IN FEBRUARY!
Our program has grown substantially from the 2 students matched in 1998.
Last fall, 18 students were matched with mentors, and an additional 22 were matched in February. Special thanks to Mathworks for Omni Theater passes given to all newly matched pairs. 25 students are on track to graduate this June, our highest number to date! The program currently has 82 active pairs. We plan to match another 20 students in October and February, increasing our program’s enrollment 33% to forty each year as the first step in our Board’s ambitious Long Range Strategic Plan. Our next training dates are Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 15 and 17, 6-9pm, and the Match Up is Sat., Oct. 27, 10am-2pm at Staples Headquarters, Framingham. We hope you, your friends and co-workers join us. For information on how to become a mentor, please contact Sybil at 508.653.8377, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mazie.org.
SPRING THROUGH FALL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
April 28 (Sat): Computer Recycling Event, 9am-3pm, FHS Parking Lot, VOLUNTEER!
April 30 (M): Mentor Networking Evening, 6-8pm, Staples
May 5 (Sat): Green Up Day in Framingham, 9am-1pm: PLAN TO JOIN US!
May 6 (Sun): MOMMs Race, 8-11:30am, FHS parking lot, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
May 10 (Thurs): Uno “Dough Rai$ser” for Mazie Mentoring. Use your coupon.
May 22 (Tue): Framingham Academic Award Night, 7pm, FHS Auditorium
June 4 (M): Ninth Annual Mazie Foundation Golf Tournament, Framingham Country Club
June 5 (Tue): Goal Achievement Award Event for mentees/mentors/parents, Staples 6pm
Sept. 29 (Sat.): Rodman Ride for Kids on behalf of the Mazie Mentoring program, Foxboro
Nov. (TBA): Computer Recycling Event, 9am-3pm, FHS Parking Lot
SAVE THE DATE—GOLF TOURNAMENT—JUNE 4, 2007—Framingham Country Club
Please consider a gift to the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation. Remember many companies match employee donations. We thank you for your support!
The John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt, charitable organization as described in Section 501(c) (3) of the tax code. The Foundation’s EIN # is 23-2912197
The Better Business Bureau of Eastern Massachusetts has certified that our Foundation meets the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. The link to their list of approved charities is:
John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation
1502 Wisteria Way
Wayland, MA 01778