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Minds Matter is a national not-for-profit organization that brings bright and motivated inner-city high school students together with dedicated mentors to achieve academic excellence and expand educational horizons. We are actively seeking new mentors and volunteers for leadership roles.
One of eight chapters across the United States, Minds Matter of Denver is entering its seventh school year, and graduated its fourth group of seniors in May of 2010. Our goal is to reach all high schools within Denver Public Schools. After a successful three-year pilot program at North High School, Minds Matter of Denver expanded to the Denver School of Science and Technology, West High School, and South High School as of the 2009-10 school year. Our mentoring program now operates out of office space in downtown Denver which is able to serve students from all metro area schools.Some of the program's highlights include:
- Eight high school seniors, eight high school juniors, and 13 high school sophomores are mentored by 58 committed professionals.
- All four seniors that graduated in May of 2009 were accepted to a four-year college or university. Three seniors received full ride scholarships, including two Daniels Fund Scholarships and one Gates Millennium scholars. In addition to the tuition covered by Minds Matter of Denver, our sophomore and junior students applied for outside scholarships and were awarded over $11,000 to attend these summer college programs.
- Seniors achieved an average 82-point improvement on their SAT scores compared to their PSAT baseline scores.
- Over 80 volunteers in the Denver metro area contribute to the success of Minds Matter of Dnver.
- Sophomore and junior students attended summer college prep programs, including Cornell, Georgetown University, University of Arizona, George Washington University, American University, University of Denver, Rhodes College, Spellman College, UC Berkeley and Toronto University.