MAKING THE DREAM OF COLLEGE A REALITY
ARE YOU A HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENT FROM A LOW-INCOME FAMILY WHO DREAMS OF ATTENDING COLLEGE? WE CAN HELP YOU GET THERE.
OUR STUDENTS ARE…
Our typical student has an average incoming GPA of 3.8 (on a 4.0 point scale) with an unrelenting curiosity to learn. Our students display maturity, strong work ethic and a commitment to succeed.
Students come from high schools across Los Angeles. They represent a diverse cross-section of the many cultures within Southern California. Most are first-generation students from homes where English is a second language. All want to become future leaders within our community.
Our students make a three-year commitment to the program, attending a five-hour session every Saturday during the school year to improve their academic abilities and prepare themselves for college success.
The average family income of our students is $23,664, with nearly half living below the federal poverty line. Our students are typically the first in their family to attend college. They are determined, fully understand the value of higher education, and know that college is their path to success.
“Harvard pushed me closer to seeing who I am and what I’m made of. The classes were hard as expected. I came to learn that college professors are not high school teachers. I was determined not to lose sight of what I was going for. I was going to do my very best, but experience the fun and actual life of college.”
Andy, attended the Harvard University Secondary School Summer Program
A recent survey of our alumni found that Minds Matter of Los Angeles served a critical and important role in the success of their college application and financial aid processes. They also felt it made a substantial difference in their preparation for success while at college.
“I am eternally grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity because there would have been no other way that I could have ever had this chance to go to OxfordUniversity at age 17.”
“My greatest challenge during my summer program was trying to manage my major homework, my minor homework, and my regular school homework. I also had to balance time to participate in the Oxford activities, explore Oxford, hang out with friends, attend class meetings or events, and eat. I overcame all of these things by…read more
“Minds Matter has given me the strength to continue my education and to become an engineer.”
“Through Minds Matter I was given the opportunity to experience outside of my world, Boyle Heights. Minds Matter challenged me, it got me out of my comfort zone, it allowed me to realize that I wasn’t ready…read more
“Minds Matter helped me realize that neither your economic nor your social circumstances define your future.”
Minds Matter has made me more confident with myself, strengthened my leadership skills, and enabled me to dream big. I’ve had experiences that I would have never even imagined, such as…read more
Many times I’ve heard, “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”
Many times, I’ve heard “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” But I never really considered or took the time to understand the meaning of the cliché, but very true quote, until…read more
“I still have so much to explore and learn about myself.”
“I am certain, though, that Brown is definitely my dream school. Primarily because of its liberal nature, but also because of the people that attend Brown University. The currently enrolled students are not at Brown because it’s an Ivy League school. Rather, they know…read more
“My mentors, my peers, and all the rest of the Minds Matter community radiated light in my dark anxieties of attending college”
Before Minds Matter, my yearning to achieve a college education seemed to be entrenched by uncertainty, fear, and financial burdens. Minds Matter created a path of confidence, preparation…read more
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“I am the first in my family to attend a university and pursue a degree. I did not know how to make it happen, but Minds Matter was there to guide me.”
Rosana, Class of 2014
Now attending University of California, Merced
Are you ready for the challenge?