As some of you know, I spend my Saturdays during the school year mentoring with Minds Matter Boston, a non-profit organization providing mentoring and college prep for highly-motivated students from low-income communities in the Greater Boston area. Minds Matter supports a truly inspiring group of students who enthusiastically spend their Saturdays on what essentially amounts to an extra day of school, often taking public transportation for an hour or more to get there. The program provides three years of 2:1 mentoring, professional ACT & Writing instruction, access to college-immersion summer programs and personalized college advising, to ensure these promising students gain college admission and experience college success. Over the past two years (going on three years), I have had the pleasure of working with Minds Matter students.
My first mentee, Alyssa Perea, is now at Williams College pursuing her interests in creative writing, literature, and gender studies. My mentee this year, Dillon Barros, is currently applying to colleges and is interested in pursuing sports medicine or management.
Dillon is just one of the 88 exceptional students in the Minds Matter program this year, all of whom come from households with an average income of less than $27,244 and maintain GPAs well above a 3.0. Over 68% will be first generation college students and we are so excited to help get them there. Our students are bright, dedicated, and ambitious, but they have a challenging path towards making college a reality. We’re running a holiday drive for the next few months, so please consider donating (any amount helps!). The organization is 99% volunteer-based, so your donation would go towards things like free ACT prep for the students, tuition for summer programs, and a laptop for graduating seniors to use in college. If you can't or don't want to donate right now, that's totally ok, but if you can help me spread the word that would be amazing!
We're aiming to collectively raise $90,000 this year. I'm happy to answer any questions as well! The length, depth, and variety of the interventions provided sets Minds Matter Boston apart from other college access programs and allows us to achieve unparalleled outcomes. For 15 straight years, 100% of Minds Matter’s seniors have been admitted to four-year institutions. Impressively, this past spring, all 24 seniors achieved admission to a four-year college or university, and the average senior received $45,000 of first-year financial aid, ensuring their college education would be both possible and affordable.
Any amount goes a long way!
● $25 covers food during our sessions for one student for a full year
● $50 covers one student’s college application fee
● $100 provides transportation for one student to and from our sessions for the year
● $300 funds ACT tutoring for one student for the entire year
● $1,000 covers the cost of a new laptop for one graduating senior
● $2,500 sponsors a student for one year in the program
Thanks for supporting our efforts! Happy Holidays!