Family & Friends:
It’s the final stretch! For the past three years I have volunteered with the fantastic organization Minds Matter and have had the opportunity to work with an incredible high school student named Robert Pepen.
Today, I’m thrilled to share that Robert is well on his way to achieving the goal we set when he started this program – admission to a top-tier college or university. With only a few weeks before his applications will all be submitted, I could not be prouder.
As so many of you have generously done the past two years, I am reaching out in hopes that you will support this organization during our annual fundraising season as it continues to benefit and support the lives and futures of deserving Boston students like Robert.
Minds Matter is a three-year program that offers a select group of low income high-school students a combination of individualized mentor support, professional ACT instruction, and access to top-tier academic summer programs.
Each Saturday, I and other mentors work with these students and participate in a wide range of programs, exercises, and discussions. The program’s foundation is built upon strong and sustained partnerships. Each mentor pairs up with a mentee for his or her sophomore, junior and senior years of high school, thus allowing us to form a genuine and lasting relationship.
Robert, an 18-year-old senior in a Boston public school, has faced significant socioeconomic obstacles throughout his life, yet through his own determination and with the support from Minds Matter he continues to overcome those systemic barriers. With the assistance of Minds Matter, Robert’s college exam scores have risen to the top 95th percentile of high school students in the country. Beyond his continued dedication to spending each Saturday in a classroom with me, he also works two nights a week at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and has spent the past two summers working on a Harvard University-run research team at Dana Farber, introduced to him by Minds Matter.
Every student accepted into Minds Matter has demonstrated a high level of academic achievement despite facing significant socioeconomic and educational inequalities felt by so many low-income and immigrant kids in our country. The 90 talented and driven students currently in our chapter come from households living in Boston that on average earn less than $30,000 a year.
Since opening its doors in 2003, 100% of Minds Matter graduating seniors have gained admission to four-year colleges, some of which are the most selective in the country. By donating, you can help expand the Boston program and give more students like Robert the chance to attend college and attain a brighter future.
I hope you will help me reach my fundraising goal of $2,500 towards the organization’s $100,000 goal. No donation is too small, and any amount given will be greatly appreciated.
**IMPORTANT** When donating this year please do not pay the extra fee applied by Crowdrise. At the payment page, click edit after “So 100% of your donation goes to the beneficiary” and select $0. This year Crowdrise is reimbursing Minds Matter for 100% of their added fees.