While most teenage girls spend their time texting their friends, shopping for clothes, or thinking about boys, Jill Pandiscio juggles school work and her volunteer work with the Wilson Wizards program.

Under the Wilson Wizards program, fifth-grade girls receive intensive mentoring in math and science. This afterschool program builds on the partnership with the Framingham School system and the success of the Wilson All Star program to focus on improving the achievement levels of girls in science and math. The All Stars program is for third graders (male and female) and focuses on a personal set of goals and completing kids’ homework with the assistance they need.

“My mother [Jill’s mother worked at JFS] was the first one to tell me about the Wizards program. I have always loved math and science, and was excited at the prospect of sharing that love with other kids. After volunteering for my first year, it became clear that this was something I was committed to seeing through, after seeing how it affected many girls in the program,” said Jill, a high school senior at Wayland High School who has been a volunteer with the Wizards program for all four years of high school.

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