Mr. Lowell I. Mazie:
I’m writing in response to an update letter I received in October. I have been extremely busy but I wish to update you on my current life.
My name is Liannys I Ortiz and I graduated in 2007. My mentor was Justine Federici who I still keep in contact with today.
Since I graduated High school, I went to Gordon College in Wenham, MA. I majored in Secondary Education & Spanish but found myself needing to transfer to a less expensive school. I immediately entered Framingham State University and graduated this May 2011 Cum Laude in Modern Languages & minored in Psychology.
I married Luis M. Alvarez in June of 2011 who was also a Mazie Mentoring Alumni. He graduated FHS in 2003
His brother’s Oscar Alvarez ’07 & Luis A. Alvarez ’08 also attended the program. I met him when I was 6 since we’ve always gone to the same congregation but we ended up attending Gordon College at the same time. We went on a Missions Trip to Guatemala and there…Well, we fell in love. He has returned 3 times to Guatemala since then for Missions work. I visited Dominican Republic to help out with a small congregation there. Currently, we are both extremely active in our church as the youth counselors. Many things we’ve learned through the Mazie Mentoring Program we apply to our work today. We help the youth look for colleges and advise them to always reach their goals as our mentors did with us. We are extremely appreciative of the Mazie Program and how it has impacted our lives. It was the best decision we made to join the program.
I currently work for an after-school & before- school enrichment program called Kidsborough run in Southborough, Medfield, 2 sites in Hopkinton, and now opened in Framingham at the Dunning Elementary School. I am the Co-Site Coordinator there and I absolutely love my job! I work with children K-5 and help them by offering homework help, clubs including Spanish Clubs which I run, and simply give them our undivided attention. I teach spanish for the company at all the sites and plan the Spanish Curriculum for the Kindergarden program run in Hopkinton. My dream has been, ever since I entered the Mazie Program, to be a Spanish teacher and here I am living my dream. We had a young lady apply for a position and when I saw on her resume that she was in the Mazie Mentoring Program my eyes lit up because I know what a great program it was. She ended up being what I expected and she currently works with us and is a wonderful addition to our staff.
My husband, is still in the Army and is now a Second Lieutenant. He went to Iraq right out of High School and came back safe and sound. He finished his double major at Gordon College in Business & Biblical Theology. Also a Cum Laude. He currently is pursuing his Master’s in Biblical Theology at Gordon-Conwell in Boston in order to achieve his dream; to be a Chaplain for the Army. I know he will meet his goal. He currently works for Kidsborough as well at our Southborough site when he is not working for the military.
Achieving goals was something that I remember vividly about the Mazie Mentoring Program. My husband and I accept nothing less than what we can achieve; we have the Mazie program to thank for this. Many blessing to this program which I know will help High School Students for many years to come.
Thank You for your time and attention & I am deeply sorry for the delayed response
Liannys I. Alvarez & Luis M. Alvarez
More Great Testimonials
“I think that what you and your foundation is doing for kids is much more than just giving us free laptops or scholarships and all that, but its providing a stepping stone in our lives where we can say “Yes, we can do this.” Instead of saying “I don’t really know if this will work.” I know that I used to say that much more than I do now.”
“If I didn’t come into this mentoring program I would still think very poorly about myself. Thanks to the Mazie Foundation I have set goals and have plans for what I want to accomplish in the future. Your program saved me from making terrible mistakes. I hope that in the future you inspire many other kids like me. I know that if you can change me you can convince many others to think highly of themselves.”
“Your foundation has led me to becoming a better person in life. Thank you for choosing mentors that have left great life advice for me to use in the future. Your foundation’s cause is outstanding. I hope that every student that enters this program leaves with something that will enlighten their view on life.”
“Without you the college process seemed a lot more difficult, maybe even impossible. Without your support and motivation many of us would not be where we are today: college-bound!”
“When I first started the program, I didn’t really care much about school, or even college. Once I met my mentor everything changed. She taught me all about life and the different opportunities there are for me. Now I will be attending MassBay in the fall of 2009!”
Being part if the Mazie Program was one of my greatest accomplishments in high school. I am so proud of being a mentee and I can truly say that the program changed my life. I want to continue being part of the Mazie Program in the future by becoming a mentor. As I now go off to college, I want to thank you for allowing me to be part of such a wonderful organization.
Four Framingham High School Students Secure Opportunity of a Lifetime
In 2010, four students from Framingham High School were accepted into UMass Medical Center’s Healthcare Career Exploration summer program (which is exciting in and of itself since kids apply from all over MA) and ALL FOUR are Mazie Mentoring Program students – juniors Mishel Caisapanta, Juan Rivera, Margaret Much Hichos and Lubenji Celoy, who is a sophomore.
This is a most amazing opportunity for these students – with seminars and lectures, field trips, academic enrichment in math, science, language arts, information technology. They also participate in job-shadowing internships in clinical or lab settings. Plus, just living on a college campus for 5 weeks with other Massachusetts high school students is eye-opening. They also receive a $300 stipend!
UMass Medical Center in Worcester hosts a free, 5-week summer program (healthcare career exploration) that accepts 20 Massachusetts high school students each summer to experience college life–living/eating on a college campus while exposing them to biomedicine, biotechnology, and other healthcare professions. There is a rigorous application process.
Vice-Principal Sarah Redbord included this in her weekly staff memo:
Sophomore Lubenji Ceoly has been accepted off the wait list to the UMass Medical program. This means that FHS will have four students in the summer program of only twenty students! In addition, all four FHS students are involved in the Mazie program. This speaks to the power of mentoring in a young person’s life! Please congratulate all four students if you see them: Mishel Caisapanta, Lubenji Celoy, Margaret Much-Hichos and Juan Rivera.