PREPARING FOR COLLEGE AND BEYOND
Minds Matter of Los Angeles is a chapter of the national Minds Matter organization. Since its founding in New York City in 1991, the effectiveness of Minds Matter is affirmed—100% of our students have been accepted into a four-year college. The organization has expanded to fourteen cities nationwide, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, the Twin Cities and Washington D.C.
The Los Angeles chapter of Minds Matter launched in 2010 and has grown to serve 60 students enrolled in the three-year program, along with 57 alumni studying at top colleges and universities. 2017 represents a milestone for Minds Matter of Los Angeles with our first class of students graduating from college. We continue to grow and have embarked on a capacity development program. Minds Matter’s success comes from our generous supporters and 160 unpaid volunteers who are dedicated to helping our students achieve their goal of a college education.
HOW WE HELP
Low-income students’ academic performance and test scores often lag far behind students from more affluent backgrounds. This achievement gap happens in part because low-income students have limited access to resources that provide the necessary edge to gain college acceptance and to reach their full potential.
Many low-income students lack confidence in their ability to gain admission to college and often end up choosing colleges that are not a good fit for them, or no college at all. 90% of our students are the first in their families to go to college, and cannot rely on their parents’ experience to help navigate the college application and financial aid process.
Closing the Gap
Minds Matter works to close the achievement gap by providing the opportunities and the tools for bright, motivated high school students from low-income families to get to the colleges they deserve. We work with them throughout college to ensure they graduate and have a path to successful careers.
Our three-year tutoring and mentoring program prepares high-achieving, low-income students for college success. Students join as sophomores and undertake rigorous instruction in writing, critical thinking and mathematics, as well as standardized test preparation, leadership development, and financial literacy.
Each student works with two dedicated mentors who assist them throughout their three-year program. Mentors guide students with selecting summer programs, the right college, completing applications, and help with the financial aid and scholarship processes. Mentors provide inspiration, information, and much-needed support.
100% of our graduates have been accepted to four-year universities and all received substantial financial aid and scholarship packages. All of our graduates say the comprehensive Minds Matter program contributed to their academic success, and in receiving acceptance to a university of their preference.
“Low-income students face barriers to college success at every stage of the education pipeline, from elementary school through post-secondary education, sometimes in spite of their academic achievements.”
White House Report, 2014