Letter from Our Executive Director: 2017 Year In Review

Dear Friends of Minds Matter Boston,
What a year of growth and accomplishment! We expanded our program by 10% and served 80 students, our largest group to date. We established an Alumni Program that tracks and supports our mentees through college and beyond. We also piloted a writing program to enhance our sophomores’ writing skills, and we exceeded our FY17 revenue goal by 39%! These successes would not have been possible without YOU -– our donors, volunteers, alumni and supporters. Thank you!
This spring, our 14th Minds Matter Boston graduating class gained admission to the nation’s top universities, including Boston College, Dartmouth College, Tufts College, Wellesley College and Williams College. Three years ago, most of our students only dreamed of attending a selective university. Unaware of how to begin to prepare for college success, lacking resources to navigate the complex admissions process, and deterred by the sticker price of tuition, college seemed truly out of reach. Today, each of them will be attending a 4-year university, and more than half of them will be attending Top 50 schools with generous financial aid. This year, the average Senior received $44,000 in first-year financial aid, meeting an impressive 98% of their need.
We could not be more proud of our Seniors and our volunteers who dedicated every Saturday to Minds Matter. Collectively, the Senior Mentors donated 7,200 hours over the past 3 years to help their students succeed. This level of sustained commitment and generosity is extraordinary, and a tribute to the rewards of mentorship.
This year marked the first year of our new Writing Program. The curriculum helped Sophomores strengthen their writing and critical thinking skills while advocating for change. To give just one example, the students researched the impact of suspension on student progress, and sent their findings and suggested alternatives to Assistant Superintendents in the Boston Public School district. The administrators responded with a commitment to consider adoption of their recommendations. “Writing for a real reason” not only improved student vocabulary and persuasion, it empowered our students--they learned they could speak up about real problems, and have effect.
These exceptional program outcomes and new initiatives were a direct result of the generous support Minds Matter Boston received this year. The Holiday Drive and Spring Soiree each exceeded all financial expectations and will provide a strong foundation for the upcoming program year. Again, thank you to everyone who donated their time, enthusiasm and gifts to these events.
We are looking forward to another exciting year of growth and success in Fiscal Year 2018!

Rachel Kanter
Executive Director

Thank you for Kicking It with us!

On Thursday, March 16th, we teamed up with Kick It By Eliza at EverybodyFights Seaport for our first fitness takeover of the year!

Over 90 community members, mentors and friends joined us to fight & fundraise - raising over $2,000 for Minds Matter Boston!

Thank you for supporting our mission to equip highly-motivated, low-income high school students with the resources necessary to gain admission to, enroll in and graduate from four-year colleges.

Kick It with Minds Matter Boston

Join Minds Matter Boston on Thursday, March 16th for a Kick It By Eliza benefit class at Everybodyfights Seaport!

Kick It with Minds Matter Boston and support our mission to equip highly motivated students from low-income communities with the resources needed to gain admission to, enroll in, and graduate from four-year colleges with this kickboxing-inspired class.

All fitness levels welcome!

Purchase your ticket at the link below and get ready to fight + fundraise with us at one of the hottest gyms in Boston. #FightItForward

Mass Mentoring Partnership Match Activities Week

This week, Mass Mentoring Partnership distributed over 1,000 tickets to mentoring programs and youth-serving organizations to participate in unique activities across Massachusetts.

Minds Matter Boston received tickets to the Boston Children's Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Museum of African American History and to the Boston Celtics.

Sophomore mentee, Jennifer, and her mentor, Joseph, had a blast at the game - thank you Mass Mentoring Partnership!

Spa for a Cause at Bliss

This February, Minds Matter Boston is proud to partner with Bliss Spa Boston to "spa for a cause" and support the mission of our organization!

Starting today, 15% of the purchase-price from spa services booked at Bliss Spa Boston during the month of February (Monday - Friday) will be donated to Minds Matter Boston! Please consider supporting us by booking your next appointment at Bliss and mentioning Minds Matter at check-out.

Winter Session & Holiday Party

On Saturday, December 17th, Minds Matter Boston hosted our annual Holiday Session at MIT.

Our mentors and mentees took a break from regular session to participate in fun activites including a wrapping paper fashion contest and a holiday-themed trivia competition.

For more photos, check out the 2016-2017 Minds Matter Boston Program Year album on Facebook!