Become a Mentor: We are actively seeking mentors!

Being a Mazie mentor allows you to make a huge difference in the life of a high school student in Framingham, Waltham, or Marlborough. Often, being a mentor will also change your life! We match Mazie Mentors two times per year in November or March.

Mentor training and mentor/mentee matchup occurs twice a year, in February-March and in October-November.

To qualify as a Mentor, you must:

 

Step 1: Take our Volunteer Self-Assessment. This tool is meant to help you determine if our program is the best fit for you.

 

Step 2: Fill out an Application.

 

Step 3: Meet or speak over the phone with the Mazie Program Manager specific to your site.

 

Step 4: Fill out Background Check information, including a Massachusetts Criminal History Systems Report (CORI), SORI, and a national criminal record check. We will also need a copy of your driver’s license and driver’s insurance for our driving check.

 

Step 5: Meet with Mazie Case Manager specific to your site.

 

Step 6: Go to two, three-hour trainings before you are matched.

  • At Framingham, they will be held at Staples Headquarters, 500 Staples Drive, Framingham.
  • At Waltham, they will be held at Simpson, Galumpertz & Hager headquarters, 41 Seyon Street, Building 1, Suite 500, Waltham.
  • At Marlborough, they will be held at Marlborough Public Library, 35 W Main St, Marlborough.

Note: These trainings may be conducted virtually in accordance with our COVID-19 protocols. 

 

Step 7: Become a mentor & enjoy!

 

As a Mentor, your responsibilities to your Mentee will include:

  • Supporting them in completing the Goal Award Program.
  • Guiding their personal development.
  • Developing their interests.
  • Exposing them to different activities and experiences
  • Providing support for their academic pursuits.
  • Assisting them in the college preparation process.
  • Introducing them to the world of careers and jobs.

 

And you should:

  • Be creative in planning your activities with them.
  • Encourage them to try new things.
  • Turn all activities into a learning experience.
  • Always model good behavior and responsibility.
  • Be your mentee’s friend, but also their coach, developer, encourager, fellow explorer, and guardian angel!

 

In exit interviews with Mentors who completed their 3 year Mentee relationships, they reported:

  • Increased awareness and respect for people from different backgrounds.
  • Recognized that they can make a difference.
  • Feel a part of a wider community.
  • Developed new friendships and relationships.
  • Gave back to the community through the sharing of their strengths and abilities.
  • They gained insight into lives different and more difficult than their own and that teens these days face difficulties and complexities they do not feel they had to face.
  • An appreciation of a different culture.
  • They gained insight into socio-economic differences they did not realize existed in this country.
  • They learned about themselves and their own skills.
  • Gaining insight into teenage lives and really enjoying this.
  • They enjoyed being able to share and to guide a young adult and being able to give back to the community.
  • They learned a lot from their students.