People, Preparation, and Possibilities

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Empowering Low-Income Students

Minds Matter supports students in their sophomore, junior, and senior year. Our program offers a unique combination of mentoring support, group instruction, and social-emotional learning. We provide students with the resources and guidance needed to gain admission, enroll, and succeed at rigorous four-year colleges. Support continues during college with internships, professional skills-building, and access to our alumni platform.

We are dedicated to helping students unleash their talent and potential, nurturing them to become not just college graduates, but leaders who can help shine the light for future generations.

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Summer Enrichment

Our sophomores and juniors participate in top university summer programs to experience college life — taking college level courses, living with roommates and learning time management.

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Mentorship

A differentiator of our program is the 2:1 mentor to student ratio. Mentors guide, challenge, and champion their students. Mentors serve as critical resources to students throughout the program.

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Academic Tutoring & Test Prep

To prepare them for college, our students take structured Writing & Critical Thinking and Math classes. They also receive SAT test prep classes and individual tutoring if necessary.

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Life Skills

To equip them with life skills for college and beyond, we teach our students financial literacy and leadership development. We host various career events so they can explore a variety of job opportunities that they may not have considered.

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Social & Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) teaches life skills and strategies that support academic and professional growth through storytelling, learning from the experience of others, and collecting wisdom. This program is facilitated through our partnership with Calibrate.earth.

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College Knowledge

With thousands of institutions across the US, it is daunting to figure out where to even start. We help our students from the college exploration phase through the application & financial aid process and ultimately help them make their ultimate college decision.

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Alumni Support

Our program is designed so our students can truly feel like they are part of a family. Since our first graduating class in 2013, we have created an expanding community of students and alums. Thanks to innovations like Minds Matter Connect, our students always have access to professional networking resources at their fingertips.

Minds Matter by the Numbers

100%

four-year college acceptance rate

77%

attend Barron’s Top Tier colleges

95%

program retention rate

$1M+

in financial aid awarded to the Class of 2020

93%

complete college, most within four years

19%

have earned or are pursuing their graduate degree

“Minds Matter taught me to utilize the tools and resources around me to expand my knowledge and navigate the challenges of life. More importantly, the program challenged my world view by encouraging me to think critically. Being part of Minds Matter means learning from a diverse community of individuals and developing the life skills necessary for success in the modern world.”

David, Class of 2019

Graduating Classes

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