For the last 3.5 years I've had the privilege of serving as a mentor for Minds Matter Boston, spending most of my Saturday mornings with incredibly bright and motivated students focused on college prep. Until this past spring I mentored Saredo (pictured), a student at Boston Latin Academy interested in social justice and political science; she's now completing her first semester at Vassar College. I'm now working with Jose, a senior at City on a Hill in the middle of the college application process—he's hoping to study criminal justice or sociology.
I feel really strongly about the mission of Minds Matter, and I'm hoping you can help me help it grow stronger and better able to fulfill that mission. For low-income students in Boston, hard-working plus high-achieving doesn't always equal opportunity. Minds Matter is changing that by empowering highly motivated, low-income students to achieve academic excellence and overcome barriers inhibiting opportunities for post-secondary education.
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. Since its inception in 2003, 100% of Minds Matter Boston’s seniors have been accepted to a four-year college with generous financial aid.