Newsletter | Fall 2013

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ALUMNI NEWS

We are especially proud of the mentees who remained in our program through high school graduation and qualified for our $2000 scholarship by continuing their educations at a post-secondary academic institution. This year, Mazie Mentees graduated from John Carroll University, Westfield State College, Pine Manor College, Framingham State University, Unidade Academia Brazil, Boston University, Regis College, Amaral Truck Driving School, MassBay Community College, and Smith College.

Our June 2013 high school graduates are attending Bunker Hill College, MassBay Community College, UMass Dartmouth, Fitchburg State University, Spokane Falls Community College, Boston College, Middlesex Community College, Regis College, and Salem State University.

Two of our alumni who graduated from college have returned to give back and “play it forward” by mentoring a high school sophomore.

JOB SHADOW EVENT

This past spring, Dassault Systemes, a French hi-tech company with US headquarters in Waltham, hosted a two-stage job shadowing opportunity for Waltham junior and senior mentees.

On day 1 mentors and mentees went to Dassault at 6 PM for a company overview and tour. A complimentary, pizza dinner, drinks and desert were served by the Dassault cafeteria staff. After a brief overview and welcome by the company VP of Strategic Initiatives and a few department heads, students were presented with an outline of DS company departments, containing job titles and descriptions, and educational and personality requirements for each job. Mazie pairs and staff took a tour of the facility and were allowed to visit the 3D Virtual Reality Center for a 30 minute, exhilarating demonstration. After each group finished their 3D Virtual experience, they returned to the cafeteria to talk with their mentors and other pairs about what department they might want to shadow. Students were asked to review the list of job descriptions with their mentors and decide which department they wanted to job shadow before the upcoming Day 2 event.

On day 2 the mentees were bused from the high school to Dassault Systemes and arrived there at 9:30 AM. Two Mazie Program staff attended as chaperones for the 19 participating students. Dassault employees who were going to be shadowed were introduced and gave brief outlines of what they had planned for the day. 1-3 students were assigned to each department based on student interest. At 12:15 PM, all participants gathered for a pizza lunch, drinks and desert. Students were encouraged to share their job shadow experience. At 12:45, mentees returned to the bus and were back at school for the last class period at 1:00 PM.

We are working with Staples HQ and other companies to arrange additional job shadow opportunities for our mentees.

FALL MATCHUP: 35 NEW PAIRS! 35 MORE TO BE MATCHED IN SPRING 2014

Our program has grown substantially from the first two Framingham High School students matched in 1998. Our Framingham and Waltham staffs currently monitor and support 89 active pairs. THIS NUMBER WILL GROW TO OVER 165 (a program record) AFTER OUR SPRING 2014 MATCH-UP.

We are currently recruiting volunteer mentors for the fall 2013 and spring 2014 match-ups. We invite you, your friends and co-workers to consider joining us then. For more information about how to become a mentor, please contact Lauren Kracoff, Framingham Mentoring Program Director at maziedir@gmail.com, Ethel Williams, our Waltham Mentoring Program Director at wmaziedir@gmail.com or visit us at www.mazie.org. Tel: 508-358-0765

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