Minds Matter transforms the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. Our students are hand-selected by guidance counselors from more than 15 local high schools and go through a rigorous application process. Once admitted, students are paired with two dedicated mentors. Our mentors are Philadelphia professionals who give their time while pursuing full-time careers or graduate degrees. Students are accepted into Minds Matter prior to their sophomore year and remain with the program until high school graduation. The organization’s services have developed into a comprehensive three year curriculum for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Each year students are guided through valuable lessons in Academic Preparedness, Writing & Critical Thinking and Test Preparation. Today, with nearly 100 Philadelphia volunteers, each contributing over 50 hours of service every year, Minds Matter is one of the largest volunteer run organizations in the city dedicated to promoting higher education. Why Philadelphia?
While most mentoring organizations provide one mentor for one mentee, Minds Matter mentees are provided with an entire team of highly skilled professionals from various industries. Each student is assigned to two mentors who they meet with weekly: a team leader; and SAT/ACT test preparation, writing, critical thinking and math instructors. This structure provides unparalleled support for our students, enabling them to benefit from collaborative learning opportunities as well as individualized attention tailored to their specific academic and social need. The organization also thoroughly addresses their need for guidance through the college admissions and financial aid processes. As first-generation college-bound students, many of them would otherwise have little support through this complicated process. At Minds Matter we believe that as we help our students (or mentees) earn a college education, we are also cultivating them to be the next generation of leaders.
Every day we strive to maintain our ideals and provide the best possible experience for our students and volunteers. In addition to running the program efficiently, our team of volunteer leadership are focused on the following initiatives: