The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Our mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.
Minds Matter is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to helping motivated students from low-income families achieve academic success. Each student is matched to a pair of young professional mentors who provide individualized support and guidance to help the student navigate the complex college preparation and admissions process, including College Summer Programs. Minds Matter also aids students financially by providing test prep and tutoring services free of charge by local specialized partners, covering all expenses of Summer Programs admitted and attended by students, and assisting students in finding ways to waive college application fees or paying for the college application fees.
I would (and do) highly recommend Minds Matter. I have been a mentor for 3 years - 2 in Boston and 1 in San Francisco - and I can't imagine a better way to spend my early Saturday afternoons. The kids that make up the program are incredibly motivated and accomplished, each has such a fantastic story to tell and just needs some help learning how to tell it. As a mentor, you have a very postiive, tangible and long lasting impact on their lives; you are often the first person to truly push them to broaden their dreams, and will be amazed how well they can rise to the challenge. In addition, the mentors and exec team members are a great and fun group, and the Minds Matter community is a fantastic social circle outside of our weekly sessions. Highly recommend getting involved.