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

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ORGANIZATION: Minds Matter Houston

  • 40 people are interested

*Currently taking applications for our incoming sophomore class starting Fall 2022!!

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

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

COVID UPDATE: We have been holding virtual sessions since March 2020 but we are planning to start back in person this Fall semester. We will continue to re-evaluate this as circumstances change and following guidelines.


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: 1-2 hrs/week, 20-24 Saturdays- October through June. We pair 2 mentors with each student to work for 1.5 hours most Saturdays during the school year. When in person learning returns, sessions are held downtown.

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.

More opportunities with Minds Matter Houston

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Minds Matter Houston

Location:

1000 Louisiana street, #5800, houston, TX 77002, 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.

Description

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.

CAUSE AREAS

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

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

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

GOOD FOR

  • Teens

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 22
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours/week, about 20 Saturdays Oct-Jun 12:00p - 2:00p CT
  • College degree, interview, online application and background check.

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