500 volunteers, 300 college acceptances, $4,000,000 in Scholarships and Financial Aid awarded in 2014
If You Can Make It Here, You Can Make It Anywhere
In 1991, six Wall Street professionals established Minds Matter in New York City to mentor high-achieving, low-income high school students who had the potential and ambition to pursue a college education, but who lacked the resources to achieve that dream. Since then, Minds Matter has grown into a national organization with eleven chapters across the United States in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; New York City, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; Twin Cities, Minneapolis; and Seattle, Washington.
The organization’s services have developed into a comprehensive three year curriculum for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Each year students are guided through valuable lessons in Academic Preparedness, Writing & Critical Thinking and Test Preparation.
Today, with over 500 volunteers each contributing over 120 hours of service every year, Minds Matter is one of the largest volunteer run organizations in the nation dedicated to promoting higher education.
A Unique Focus, A Huge Return
While most mentoring organizations provide one mentor for one mentee, Minds Matter mentees are provided with an entire team of highly skilled professionals from various industries. Each student is assigned to two mentors who they meet with weekly: a team leader; and SAT/ACT test preparation, writing, critical thinking and math instructors. In addition, students are supported by volunteer program directors and counselors as well as full-time staff. This structure provides unparalleled support for our students, enabling them to benefit from collaborative learning opportunities as well as individualized attention tailored to their specific academic and social need.
The organization also thoroughly addresses their need for guidance through the college admissions and financial aid processes. As first-generation college-bound students, many of them would otherwise have little support through this complicated process. At Minds Matter we believe that as we help our students (or mentees) earn a college education, we are also cultivating them to be the next generation of leaders.
Short Term Goals
Our Short Term Goals
Every day we strive to maintain our ideals and provide the best possible experience for our students and volunteers. In addition to running the program efficiently, our small staff and team of volunteer leadership are focused on the following initiatives:
- Develop a long-term growth plan that addresses strategic chapter expansion, student enrollment, program enhancement, and organizational development.
- Continue to develop an alumni program that extends Minds Matter’s services and reinforces the focus on college diplomas, not just acceptance letters.
- Develop improved metrics that will allow Minds Matter to more effectively evaluate and enhance programs.
- Ensure that Minds Matter programming maintains its focus on academic excellence, while also expanding it to address the importance of leadership, citizenship and early professional experiences.
- Refine and refresh test preparatory program to better prepare students for undergraduate college entrance.