VOLUNTEER FOR A REWARDING EXPERIENCE
IT TAKES MORE THAN 160 VOLUNTEERS TO RUN THE PROGRAM SUCCESSFULLY. WE NEED YOU!
Minds Matter of Los Angeles could not exist without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers. Our students succeed thanks to our outstanding volunteers who share their time and talents as mentors, tutors and operations people. It is not uncommon for mentor/mentee relationships between volunteers and their students to continue beyond the three-year program and into the students’ college and post-collegiate experiences. Our volunteers are a motivational powerhouse, always available to provide guidance and encouragement to the students they mentor.
LEARN MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Minds Matter mentors draw upon their own college experience to guide our students through choosing the right college and help to navigate the application process. Our mentors act as role models for the students, providing them with individual support and encouragement.
Mentoring is held each Saturday from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. throughout the school year.
We meet near downtown LA for session. Set an example for mentees by attending at least 85% of the scheduled sessions.
Be active listeners, coaches and advocates for their mentees. Share not only knowledge but guiding values that support outstanding work.
Tutors encourage and motivate our students to achieve academic goals. They serve as instructors in SAT test preparation, mathematics, writing and critical thinking. We look for people who are passionate about sharing knowledge, patient and adaptable to students’ needs and abilities.
Tutoring is held each Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. throughout the school year.
Be a catalyst for learning and set an example of discipline for our students by attending at least 85% of the scheduled sessions.
You do not have to be a professional educator, however, proficiency in your topic is required.
Our successful operation depends on volunteers who help with event planning, fundraising, marketing, organizing, and much more. In addition to the academic sessions, we also host field trips and events. All of these activities rely on volunteers to help plan and execute.
These roles have a flexible requirement and are perfect for people looking to get involved, but unable to make a long-term commitment.
Our only ask is that you are fully prepared to complete projects you are committed to.
We have a strong support network and can help guide you through projects.
All volunteers are required to complete a formal application, undergo a confidential background check and a formal interview.
IN OUR OWN WORDS
Brandon and Reid share their thoughts on the Minds Matter student/mentor experience.
“Minds Matter has without a doubt changed my life forever and for the better. Reid was one of my mentors for three years. Matt became my mentor later in the program. Both of these great individuals have played a positive role in my development as both a student and a person. Their dedication to my continuous intellectual growth is something for which I can’t thank them enough, and it’s something I want to pass onto other students.”
“My participation in Minds Matter gave me the opportunity to help a promising young man articulate his unique story of growing up a bi-racial male in South Los Angeles. Once he was able to articulate who he was, it was about helping him to find the right types of experiences– summer programs, after school programs, tutoring– that would set him up to be able to tell his story to college admissions officers. I look forward to being a part of Brandon’s life for decades to come.”
ARE YOU READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Let us know how you want to become involved.