Framingham, MA – The Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass / Metrowest and the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation are pleased to jointly announce the combination of their agencies under the leadership and auspices of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/ Metrowest. On July 1, 2017, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/ Metrowest officially acquired the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation as a subsidiary entity and will assume overall responsibility for the Foundation’s operations, including its signature program, The Mazie Mentoring Program.

 

Founded in 1963, the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/ Metrowest (BBBSCM) is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. With offices in Worcester and Framingham, the agency creates meaningful relationships between youth, ages 6-13, facing adversity with caring adult mentors and currently serves over 2,000 children and volunteers across 42 communities in Worcester and Middlesex Counties.

 

Founded in 1997, the mission of the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation (Mazie Foundation) is to enable high schoolers at-risk to become adults of promise through goals-based mentoring. The foundation’s sole program, the Mazie Mentoring Program has been in operation for students at Framingham High School since 1998 and in Waltham High School since 2010 and hopes to expand to other, similar communities in the future. The organization is also a one-on-one mentoring program and will be the first program under BBBSCM’s leadership strictly serving high school students.

 

BBBSCM Board Chair, Chris Lucas of Upton, commented that “Both organizations share a fundamental belief in the amazing power that strong, positive mentoring can have in a young person’s life to change the path of possibilities of who and what they can become.  Combining the Mazie Foundation with BBBSCM is a force multiplier where one plus one equals ten.” Jeffrey Chin, BBBSCM CEO, remarked “We are thrilled to combine forces with The Mazie Foundation to deepen our organization’s mission to provide high-quality and impactful mentoring to youth in need. The long-standing history and positive reputation of The Mazie Mentoring Program for high school students is a perfect complement to our existing array of award-winning programs. I look forward to working with the outstanding staff, volunteers, and Board members associated with The Mazie Foundation.”

 

Bob Keller of Weston, Mazie Board of Directors President, remarked: “We are delighted to be working jointly with BBBSCM going forward and are fortunate to have access to their long-standing mentoring expertise. Lowell Mazie would be proud to see the superb program he created eventually serving at-risk Central Massachusetts high school students.” Kent Schreiner of Sherborn, Secretary of the Mazie Foundation Board, added: “In our youth is the salvation of the world. With the combined efforts of BBBSCM and Mazie, we’re well prepared to give otherwise underserved youth the tools they need to meet this awesome responsibility.”

 

As a subsidiary, The Mazie Foundation will continue to operate as a 501c3 with their own tax identification and annual operating budget. The Mazie Mentoring Program will continue to serve students at Framingham and Waltham High Schools. Two members of the Mazie Foundation Board of Directors, Jeff Maimon (Partner, Ernst & Young, Boston, MA) and Kent Schreiner (Attorney-at-Law, Sherborn, MA) will join the BBBSCM Board of Directors. Jeffrey Chin, BBBSCM CEO, will represent BBBSCM on the Mazie Foundation Advisory Board.