I joined Minds Matter because it sounded like a meaningful way to have an impact on a young NYC student; and while the goal is to help the mentees prepare for college, our students have taught me at least as much as I've guided them. They are an incredible combination of passionate, brilliant, naive, challenging, accepting, proud, humble, shy, gregarious, and compassionate, and it's an honor to have played a part in their successes.Becca Cadoff- Writing and Critical Thinking Co-Director- Junior Program
Our volunteers are energetic, committed, and successful individuals, who dedicate their time to helping Minds Matter’s students achieve their academic pursuits. More than 500 volunteers in New York City dedicate their time to help Minds Matter achieve its mission each year.
Minds Matter volunteers come from diverse career backgrounds including advertising, banking, consulting, education, finance, law, marketing, non-profit and others. . The Minds Matter volunteer experience offers dedicated individuals both the opportunity to meet a group of like-minded adults as well as the opportunity to hold leadership posts and carry the organization to new levels each year.
Each student is paired with two mentors with whom they meet for two hours every Saturday during the school year to work on essays, summer program selection and college lists. Each Mentor/Student triad is placed with other triads to form a Team, which has a designated Team Leader.
- Mentors are required to be college graduates and attend at least 3 Saturday sessions a month.
- Mentors are role models and mentor not only their student but also all of the students on their team; they assist the Team Leader in building team cohesion, implementing the curriculum, and keeping the team on track.
- Mentors work in triads to ensure that their student’s assignments are completed on time.
- Mentors play a crucial role in fundraising.
- Mentors help to recruit subsequent generations of Minds Matter volunteers and leaders.
- Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per week, including Saturday sessions from approximately 11:00am – 12:30pm.
Team Leaders are central to our mentoring program. They guide the weekly sessions and make sure that students and mentors have everything they need to be productive in their time together.
Test Prep Instructors
Test Prep Instructors are trained to guide students in small groups through a structured weekly Kaplan curriculum that helps elevate their SAT scores.
- Test Prep SAT sessions take place every Saturday for two hours from October through May.
- Test Prep Instructors help to recruit subsequent generations of Minds Matter volunteers and leaders.
- Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per week, including Saturday sessions from approximately 12:30pm – 2:00pm.
Writing & Critical Thinking Advisors
Typical Writing & Critical Thinking Advisors have a professional or academic focus in writing.
- Sophomore Program: Each volunteer is grouped with three sophomore students in a structured program to help take the students’ writing skills from the basic to the intermediate and advanced levels.
- Junior & Senior Programs: These volunteers administer weekly essay assignments and participate in the review of summer program and college applications for students in the Junior and Senior Programs.
- Writing & Critical Thinking Advisors help to recruit subsequent generations of Minds Matter volunteers and leaders.
- Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per week, including Saturday sessions from approximately 2:00pm – 3:30pm.
Serving as a leadership team member offers a wonderful opportunity to increase your participation in Minds Matter and serve a critical role in the implementation of our program services. All volunteers are welcome to apply for any position.
- Co-Director of Alumni Program
- Co-Director of College Advising
- Co-Director of Junior Program
- Co-Director of PR & Marketing
- Co-Director of Recruitment and Retention
- Co-Director of Senior Program
- Co-Director of Sophomore Program
- Co-Director of Summer Programs
- Co-Director of Test Prep
- Co-Director of Volunteers
- Co-Director of Volunteer Engagement
- Co-Director of Writing & Critical Thinking