Dear Friends and Family,
I feel quite fortunate I was able to attend Princeton University (and graduate!) as a first generation, low income student. I went to a high school with limited resources and minimal college advising. Before my senior year of high school, I attended a free academic summer program, the New Jersey Governor's School. Without this experience, I would not have even considered applying to Princeton. To help students navigate situations similar to my own, I now volunteer as a mentor with Minds Matter Boston.
Minds Matter Boston (MMB) is a three-year program that begins providing support to students in the tenth grade. The goal of the program is to help promising low-income students achieve college admission and success. MMB provides each student two mentors, professional ACT & writing instruction, access to college-immersion summer programs, and personalized college advising. MMB has an impressive record of success. Since the program's inception in 2003, 100% of MMB’s seniors have been accepted by four-year colleges with generous financial aid. Of those, 94% have gone on to graduate.
My co-mentor Jin and I are working with Karen, an ambitious high school sophomore who is actively engaged in her community. We will mentor Karen throughout her high school career. Currently, we are advising her through the application process for summer academic programs which offer a taste of college. MMB will pay the full cost of these programs, including travel, room & board, and tuition.
Please join me in supporting Minds Matter and its programs for highly motivated students during the 2018 Holiday Drive!
With warmest regards and appreciation,