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Minds Matter Chicago

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Test Prep Instructors help low-income high school students prepare for college entrance exams, during Saturday afternoon sessions in the Loop.


Minds Matter is an academic mentoring program that empowers high-performing high school students from low-income families to achieve college admission and success. Students in our program participate in Saturday sessions which include mentoring, test prep, critical thinking and writing skill-building. During their summers students complete precollege academic programs through Minds Matter.

We match each of our students with two mentors that work with them for the duration of our program, from their sophomore through senior years of high school. This 2-on-1 structure is one of the things that sets Minds Matter apart and ensures our mentees’ success.


We are looking for Test Prep Instructors for the 2020-2021 academic year. These roles will begin in September 2020.


The instructional component of our programs is designed to equip students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for achieving academic success at school and on the SAT or ACT. Test prep instructors focus on either Math or Verbal, and teach small group lessons every other week on Saturdays.


When working with youth, one of the key components to building trust is just showing up. Commitment is important for our program-presence, proactive communication, and conscientiousness are what make Minds Matter Chicago work.

  • We require a minimum commitment of 3-4 hours per week, including time needed for weekly session/lesson preparation and/or regular communication with your mentee.
  • Instructors attend every other Saturday from September to May (excluding regular holidays).
  • Test Prep instructors lead workshops every other week from 10:30 - 12:30.
  • At least one year


  • Our best volunteers are energetic, committed, and demonstrate a passion for our mission. We are looking for mentors who can build rapport and trust with students, and within our volunteer community.
  • The ability to help mentees set goals and support them as they work to achieve those goals.
  • Conscientious and communicative practices, like responsiveness to others and advance communication of absences.


We will reach out to you after receiving notification of your interest.

Feel free to email us at volunteers@mindsmatterchicago.org

View more info at https://mindsmatterchicago.org/volunteers/

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About Minds Matter Chicago


PO Box 3149, Chicago, IL 60654, US

Mission Statement

Minds Matter of Chicago is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with the mission to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.


Our goal is to provide these high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with perspective on why attending college is important, SAT/ACT test preparation courses, assistance in navigating the financial aid process and support for their decision to make academic achievement a priority. Minds Matter was established in Chicago in April 2006, and in September 2011 will serve more than 45 students, most of whom would be among the first in their families and communities to attend a four-year college.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


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430 S Michigan AveChicago, IL 60605



  • Child Development
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Youth Services




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 22
  • Orientation or Training

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