As many of you know, I‘ve spent many of my Saturdays during the school years mentoring with Minds Matter Boston and currently work with a senior in high school named Kevin alongside my co-mentor Darren. I hope you will consider supporting me as I help Kevin achieve his dream of going to college in order to explore an academic interest in environmental science while playing basketball.
We believe that no student dedicated to earning a college education should be limited be their socioeconomic status. Minds Matter Boston empowers highly motivated, low-income students to achieve academic excellence and overcome barriers inhibiting opportunities for post-secondary education. All the students in Minds Matter qualify for free/reduced lunch under the federal guidelines and maintain GPAs well above a 3.0.
A three-year program beginning with students in the tenth grade of high school, Minds Matter Boston provides wrap-around services including 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. 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. We are able to provide these wonderful resources to our students due partially to our success of our mentor-led holiday fundraiser.
Last year, we raised over $110,000 during our holiday fundraiser and we are hoping to match or exceed this performance this year. The success of the fundraiser last year allowed us to expand our programming in 2018, including:
● Growing our program to serve over 94 students with over 200 volunteers
● Continuing to provide our new and deeper program offerings: the writing and critical thinking course for sophomores and juniors as well as the alumni program to support students to and through college
● Adding a third staff member to expand organization capacity
Please donate if you are interested in supporting Minds Matter and helping me reach my personal fundraising goal. If donating more than $1000, I encourage you to send a check so our organization can avoid high processing fees.
Minds Matter Giving Tree
● Food at session for one student for the year: $25
● One college application fee for one student: $50
● One student's public transit pass for the program year: $100
● ACT tutoring for one student: $300
● Laptop for each graduating student: ~$1,000
● Tuition to a top-tier academic summer program for one student: ~$2,000
● Cost of a student for one year: ~$2,500
● Cost of a student over the life of the program: $7,500
Minds Matter Non-Profit Status
● Minds Matter is qualified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Gifts are considered tax deductible to the extent permitted by law (EIN number: 51-0494632; Address: Minds Matter of Boston, PO Box 51066, Boston, MA 02205-1066).