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Amazing Opportunity to Mentor High School Students with Minds Matter Houston!

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ORGANIZATION: Minds Matter Houston

  • 78 people are interested

*Currently taking applications for our incoming sophomore class starting Fall 2023

Unsure if you can commit fully? Apply to be an Alternate Mentor!

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 sophomore year and continue until high school graduation.

Mentor Time Commitment: 2-3 hrs/week, 20-24 Saturdays- September through June. We pair 2 mentors with each student to work for 1.5 hours most Saturdays during the school year. Sessions are 10am-2pm, lunch provided.

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: young professionals, college graduates, attend at least 75% of Saturday sessions, and undergo a background check. We will have a Mentor orientation and training sessions before the start of the program.

Please click here for more information: http://mindsmatterhouston.org/volunteers/

*** Please complete application:

Thank you for expressing your interest in volunteering with Minds Matter Houston! We greatly appreciate your dedication and willingness to make a positive impact on the lives of deserving students in our community.

Minds Matter Houston is an incredible organization that aims to transform the lives of high-achieving, low-income students by providing them with the guidance, resources, and support they need to reach their full potential and gain admission to college. As a volunteer mentor, you would play a crucial role in this process by providing academic and personal guidance, fostering a supportive relationship, and helping students navigate the college application process.

Your expertise and experience would be invaluable to our students. Your dedication as a mentor can help inspire them, build their confidence, and equip them with the skills they need to succeed academically and beyond. By sharing your knowledge, insights, and personal experiences, you can make a lasting impact on their lives and contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty through education.

As a volunteer mentor with Minds Matter Houston, you would be expected to commit to approximately three hours per week on Saturdays during the academic year, which typically runs from September to May. This commitment allows for meaningful and consistent engagement with your mentee(s) and ensures the development of a strong mentor-mentee relationship.

To ensure that our mentors are fully prepared, we provide training sessions and ongoing support throughout the program. These training sessions cover topics such as effective mentoring techniques, communication strategies, and understanding the college application process. Our team is also available to answer any questions or concerns you may have along the way.

If you are ready to embark on this fulfilling volunteer journey with Minds Matter Houston, please fill out the mentor application form using the link above or reach out to our volunteer coordinator, whose contact information is provided on our website (volunteers@mindsmastter.org). Once we receive your application, we will follow up with you regarding the next steps.

Thank you once again for your interest in volunteering with Minds Matter Houston. With your support, we can empower deserving students to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. We look forward to the opportunity to work together and make a lasting difference in the lives of our mentees.

Warm regards,

Volunteers Team

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About Minds Matter Houston


3920 Oberlin street, houston, TX 77005, US

Mission Statement

Minds Matter transforms the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.


Beginning in their sophomore year of high school, our students spend 4-6 hours per week during the school year in Minds Matter sessions with their volunteer mentors and instructors. Our sophomore program centers on cultivating the math and writing/critical thinking skills that are the foundation of our students’ academic success. In the junior program, students work with their mentors on test preparation for the SAT and ACT standardized exams. During the summers after their sophomore and junior year, students attend summer enrichment programs at prep schools, colleges, and universities across the country and around the world. In the senior program, students work closely with their mentors on personal statements, financial aid forms, financial literacy, and navigating the college application process. Our volunteers guide seniors through college selection, helping students determine what school and area of study might be the best fit for them.

Throughout the program, students gain confidence and ambition, strengthen their skills in writing, critical thinking, test-taking, and mathematics, and flourish into young adults who are ready and excited to succeed in college. Minds Matter proudly boasts a 100% success rate for students’ acceptance into four-year colleges and universities.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


1010 Autrey StreetHouston, TX 77006


  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Financial Literacy
  • Reading / Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • Teens


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 22
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours/week, about 20 Saturdays Oct-Jun 10:00a- 2:00p CT
  • College degree, interview, online application and background check.

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