Poverty Has a Zip Code. Potential Does Not.
Minds Matter connects driven and determined students from low-income families with the people, preparation, and possibilities to succeed in college, create their future, and change the world.
Serving driven and determined students from low-income families in Greater Los Angeles and Orange County.
Mentors guide, challenge, and champion their students.
Students receive intensive SAT preparation, instruction in math, writing and critical thinking, leadership development, and college readiness.
Social & Emotional Learning
Facilitators cultivate students’ self-advocacy, voice, listening skills, and sense of belonging.
Minds Matter supports students in college academically, emotionally, and professionally through alumni programming, internship opportunities, and career exploration.
Our Graduates Attend
Why Minds Matter
“At every step in the process of preparing for, applying to, attending, and graduating from four-year universities, students from poor families are at a substantial disadvantage.” – Brookings Institute, May 2009
Low-income students are over 10x more likely to drop out of high school than their high-income peers
More than 80% of LAUSD students live at or below the poverty line
Over 50% of our nation’s high-achieving, low-income students do not apply to a single selective college or university
Minds Matter Los Angeles has impacted hundreds of low-income students since 2010
of our graduates have been accepted to 4‑year universities
of our students attend Barron’s top 3 tier colleges and universities
of our alumni graduate from college within 4 years
“Minds Matter has given me a family: my peers, mentors, and all of the Minds Matter volunteers. Collectively, we are an unstoppable group of people dedicated to tackling the educational barriers that low-income minority students face. Thank you, Minds Matter, for allowing me to be a part of this incredible family.”
Delmy, Class of 2019