Mazie Foundation Partners with Teak Media

teakplusmazieSOUTH BOSTON (Jan. 9, 2014) —
The John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation
has engaged Teak Media + Communication to bring public and media attention to its programs and services.

Founded 16 years ago by the Mazie family to honor the legacy of their late son and brother, John Andrew Mazie, who lost his life at the age of 26 in a car accident, the Mazie Mentoring Program pairs high school sophomores who may lack parental guidance, financial resources or emotional support at home, with adult volunteer mentors who can help them thrive. John’s passion and belief in children who experience obstacles beyond their control were the inspiration behind the program’s model.

Mentors work with the students for five semesters to improve their academic standing, build confidence, apply to college, graduate from high school and experience earned success, all while fostering trusting relationships.

Students work to set and achieve goals while earning rewards along the way, such as a $20 gift card to a local sandwich shop, a $50 Barnes & Noble gift certificate, a free laptop and a potential $2,000 scholarship for college.

“The Mazie Mentoring Program and other similar programs are crucial to society in terms of the ripple effect their success can have in the future,” says Founder and Executive Director Lowell Mazie, who also  serves on the Program Leadership Council of the Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership. “By changing one child’s life, you potentially impact thousands of other people who come in contact with that child for the rest of his or her life.” To date, the JAMMF has helped more than 500 young people go on to lead more fulfilled and successful lives.

“What an honor it is to be chosen as the firm that will bring the message of the Mazie program’s incredible and important work to the public,” says Teak Founder and President Jackie Herskovitz Russell. “We’ll lead this campaign with the respect and devotion it deserves and we’ll all celebrate together when the organization grows as a result of the public attention we generate.”

Each year, the Mazie Mentoring Program accepts 60 Framingham and Waltham High School students. More than 90 percent of those in the program graduate from high school and over 70 percent go on to college or other post-secondary training programs. Seventy-five percent of JAMMF’s mentee population is of Hispanic, Portuguese-speaking, Brazilian or African-American heritages. Sixty-seven percent qualify for free or reduced-fee lunches. Certain of the program’s ability to positively change lives, JAMMF’s goal is to replicate and expand this program in other communities. The organization is publicly funded through events, grants, corporate support and individual donations.

This is the first time the 16-year-strong nonprofit organization will work with a professional firm to generate public recognition for its work. The funding for the campaign was granted by The Sudbury Foundation.

About Teak Media + Communication

Teak Media + Communication is an award-winning, values-led public relations and communication firm that increases awareness and drives public engagement for nonprofit organizations and responsible companies. Teak promotes the programs, products and services of organizations and companies that inspire human greatness and make the world a better place. A Certified B Corp, Teak operates with a triple bottom line: to serve people while caring for the environment and earning a profit. It is the only PR firm in Massachusetts that is a B Corp. Clients include the Pan-Mass Challenge, the New England Aquarium, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Conversation Project the YMCAs of Greater Boston, Medbox, and more. Teak Media + Communication helps passionate organizations and companies find their voice, share their mission, and increase their public presence.

The John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation is accredited by the Better Business Bureau as meeting all BBB standards of ethical business practices, including honesty, integrity, reliability and trust.

Partner Level Membership with Mass Mentoring signifies a high level of programmatic standards that are aligned with the national Elements of Effective Practice. Read more.