Minds Matter is a 26 year old not-for-profit organization that helps top performing high school students from low-income backgrounds reach their dreams of getting into college. Average student GPA is at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale). 90% of students are 1st generation college students.
Our volunteers are young professionals who play a critical role in helping these Minds Matter students achieve their goals. This is a 3 year program for the student, they begin our program their sophmore year and continue until high school graduation.
Mentor Time Commitment: 2-3hrs/week, 20-24 Saturdays- October through June. We pair 2 mentors with each student to work for 2 hours most Saturdays during the school year.
Mentor Role: Guide mentees through everyday life and school challenges, work with the mentee on essays, problem solving, summer program selection, college selection and applications. Our weekly sessions are structured and we also have special sessions (ie college fairs, debate team, guest speakers) as well as fun mentor/mentee outings and volunteer-only get-togethers throughout the year, giving ample opportunity to get to know your mentee as well as other volunteers.
Mentor Requirements: college graduates, attend at least 75% of Saturday sessions, and undergo a background check. We will have a Mentor orientation before the start of the program.
- Literacy / Reading
- Financial Literacy
- Reading / Writing
- Verbal / Written Communication
- Critical Thinking
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 22
- Orientation or Training
- 2-3 hours/week, 20 Saturdays Oct-Jun 11:45a-2:00p
- College degree, interview, online application and background check.