Goal Award Program
The Mazie Partnership feels it is extremely important for the mentees to learn how to set goals and make the commitments required to achieve them.
Mentors work with their mentees to establish three sets of goals during the first year of the program.
1 – Community Service Goals
The mentee and mentor choose two volunteer activities to be completed together within three months after Match Up, in time for the next award event.
The Community Service Goal achievements will be recognized at a Goal Award Event. At the award ceremony, the mentee will be asked to:
-talk about the two volunteer activities completed with his/her mentor
-describe the specific steps they plan to take in order to achieve their two Self-Improvement Goals.
The Community Service goal award is a $20 restaurant gift card, for the mentee to treat their mentor.
2 – Self-Improvement Goals
Two goals to be completed within six months after Match Up, in time for the next award event.
The mentee will be asked to achieve 2 goals from the areas of Academics, Career Exploration, Health & Fitness, and Miscellaneous. Note: One of these goals MUST be to develop a plan to improve a grade in a math or science subject that the mentee received a C or below in on their last report card. The goals should not be too much of a stretch, so that the mentees are not set up to fail, but should involve some work.
Examples of acceptable goals are:
Academics: “I plan to stay after class for extra help, complete all homework on time, not be late to class, in order to try to raise my grade in math.”
Career: “I plan to interview or job shadow two professionals in the ______ field.”
Health/Fitness: “I plan to establish a weekly health menu and follow it for at least _____ weeks in order to lose 15 pounds.” Or, “I plan to eat more salads and less soda for _____ in order to eat more healthily.”
Miscellaneous: “I plan to write a resumé and research at least 5 job opportunities in order to land a part-time job.” Or, “I plan to save $______ per week for ____ weeks in order to ______.”
The Self-Improvement goal achievements will be recognized at a Goal Award Event. At the award ceremony, the mentee will be asked to:
-describe the plans they followed for each of their two 6-month goals and tell whether their plans succeeded in achieving the intended results. If the intended results were not achieved, tell what additional steps would be required.
-describe the specific steps they plan to take in order to achieve their chosen One-Year Goal from the areas of Academics, Career Exploration, Health and Fitness, and Miscellaneous.
This goal should be a bigger stretch for the student, but not too difficult that the student can’t be successful.
Self-Improvement goal awards are a $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card and a framed certificate acknowledging the goal accomplishments.
3 – College Research Goals:
A minimum of two are required, to be completed approximately 1 year after Match Up, in time for the next award event.
- One goal chosen by the mentee from the areas of Academics, Career Exploration, Health & Fitness, and Miscellaneous.
- The second goal is mandated by The Mazie Partnership and has three steps:
- Identify 3 colleges or post-secondary educational programs to which the mentee can gain admittance, based on the college’s SAT, GPA, course requirements, and financial aid.
- Write one essay, not to exceed 500 words, that could serve as part of the application process for one of the colleges. For ideas, go to www.commonapp.com and under the Writing Section you will see 6 possible prompts for the essay.
- At the award event, each student will:
-describe the plans they followed for their chosen 1-year goal and tell whether their plans succeeded in achieving the intended results. If the intended results were not achieved, tell what additional results would be required.
-tell us which 3 colleges s/he researched, and which is his/her current first choice
-read the college application essay and present a word-processed copy to The Mazie Partnership.
The College Research goal achievements will be recognized at a Goal Award Event.
The College Research goal award is a laptop computer.
4 – The Senior Year Goal
To be completed by March 1 of the mentee’s senior year.
- The mentor and mentee complete two community service activities together.
- The mentor and mentee attend the Senior Workshop at which the mentor will support the mentee in writing a Vision and Mission Statement.
Mentee’s Vision Statement: A maximum of three sentences that detail what you want to be true about your life FIVE years into the future.
Mentee’s Mission Statement: A series of sentences outlining:
- What characteristics, personal traits and habits does the mentee have now that will aid the mentee in making his/her vision a reality.
- What characteristics, personal traits and habits does the mentee have to change in order to make his/her vision a reality.
- What characteristics, personality traits and habits will the mentee have to acquire in order to make his/her vision a reality.
After the Senior Year Goal is achieved, each mentee is eligible to receive the Mazie college stipend upon graduation, which is currently $250/year for 4 years of college.