Letter from our Executive Director - 2019 Year in Review

Dear Friends of Minds Matter Boston, 

We have so much to be proud of this year. Our mission to help promising and driven low-income high school students achieve college success has had a positive and powerful impact on the lives of 94 students. Some highlights:

  • 100% of our participating seniors were accepted into a four-year college or university, including Boston College, Colby College, Dartmouth College, Lafayette College, Northeastern University and Tufts University.

  • 94% of their financial need was met through federal aid and scholarships.

This year, increasing national attention has been focused on the inherent inequities of our higher education system, as well as the unquestionable correlation between a college degree and economic mobility. We saw the extreme lengths that those in positions of power and privilege will pursue to ensure their own children can attend prestigious institutions. We recognize now more than ever the significant barriers our own students must overcome to achieve equal access. 

Minds Matter Boston is uniquely positioned to level the playing field for deserving, hard-working students whose educational opportunities are limited simply because of their zip code, income, and race. Knowing this, we are driven and inspired to do more and be better for our students. This past year, we:

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  • Served our largest cohort to-date of 94 students and next year we aim to increase our enrollment by 5%.

  • Hired our second full-time employee, the remarkable Jada Alexander who is also a program alumni!

  • Secured $75k in new grant funding.

As I reflect on our accomplishments and the promise that lies ahead, I continue to be humbled knowing that the majority of our work is driven by a group of talented, dedicated, and diverse volunteers. This year, more than 200 volunteers provided more than 400 hours of out-of-school learning time to our students.

It was a busy and productive year but there is still much work to be done to ensure every student in Boston has equal opportunity to achieve their full potential. I’m energized by the momentum I see building in our public presence as more people come to recognize the need for our work and the unparalleled outcomes we have achieved. I invite you to review these in further detail in our FY2019 IMPACT REPORT.

None of this would be possible without our donors, friends, and volunteers. I know that together, with your support, Minds Matter Boston will rise to meet the new challenges and opportunities we face in the year ahead. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Rachel Kanter
Executive Director

Minds Matter Boston's 2019 Graduation

On Saturday, May 18th, Minds Matter Boston mentees, mentors, families, community members, and supporters gathered in Walker Memorial Center to celebrate the graduation and accomplishments of Minds Matter Boston's Class of 2019. Our keynote speaker, Anthony Jack, shared his experience navigating the unwritten rules of academia as a first generation college student at Amherst College and gave advice to our graduating seniors on how to succeed in their new environment. Above all, he encouraged the class of 2019 to remain authentic in their college careers and always reach back into their community to inspire their peers to reach higher. Seniors, we are incredibly honored to have been apart of your journey to college over the last three years. We are so grateful to call each one of you MMB alumni, and we look forward to watching your growth for years to come!

Annual Mentor-Mentee Bowling Party

We rolled in the new year at Kings Dining and Entertainment for our annual Mentor-Mentee Bowling Party! Check out a few pictures from the event in the gallery below. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with program events!

We did it! Thank you for your support!

Thanks to our amazing community members and supporters, we surpassed our year-end goal and raised over $130,000, making this our most successful campaign to date! It is inspiring to see such support for our mission. From all of us at Minds Matter including MMB ‘18 alumni, Claire, Agnes, and Joseph (Howard, Dartmouth, and Amherst ‘22), we deeply appreciate your support & commitment to our mission! Thank you for making a difference in a young person’s life.

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Give a Lifelong Gift Today. Donate to our Holiday Drive!

We asked Jada, alumna of MMB ‘12 and NYU ‘16 and current Program Associate at MMB, what Minds Matter means to her. She said that Minds Matter is lifelong.

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Over the past 10 years, Jada’s MMB mentors have supported her from high school to her professional career. The lasting effect of the program inspired her return to MMB on staff and give back to the next generation. Donate today to make a lifelong impact on a young person.

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BlackRock Career Exploration Night

On Wednesday, November 14th, our mentees got the opportunity to learn from and network with employees at BlackRock during a Career Exploration Night! Inspired by the panelists, a few students downloaded MarketWatch and built a "Minds Matter Boston" virtual portfolio where they can trade stocks and respond to real-time trends in the market. Thank you BlackRock for hosting us and encouraging the next generation of future traders! #BlackRock #CareerExploration #MMB

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Minds Matter Career Panel

Last weekend, we welcomed 10 panelists into our classrooms to speak to our students about their career paths. Each panelist shared stories of their successes and failures, and offered sage networking advice to our students. Many students said that they saw themselves in these panelists and felt motivated to pursue their dreams of becoming scientists, entrepreneurs, and agents of social change. Thank you to our panelists, Maria Paredes, Piyali Mukherjee, Chris Hopkins, Enrique Pepen, Ruben Valera, Alexandra Rodman, Raphael Korang, Sade Phipps, Rita German, and Rich Doyle for taking the time to speak to our students and inspiring them to strive towards their goals. #mindsmatterboston #panelists #inspire

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Apply to Run the Boston Marathon for MMB!

Minds Matter Boston is proud to return as an official charity of the @johnhancockusa Boston Marathon® Non-Profit Program with 2 invitational bibs! Why should you apply to #runformmb? Here's what our 2018 marathon runner said about his experience: "Running the Boston Marathon is an exceptional opportunity to demonstrate Minds Matter's commitment to building community and personal growth. Months of diligent preparation culminate into a day of excitement and celebration that unites our city. This experience is truly one I recommend putting on everyone's bucket list!" - Brendan H.

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Over $12,000 Raised for the Boston Bruins 50/50 Raffle!

Last night, 30 of our mentors and mentees gathered at TD Garden to raise over $12,000 for the Boston Bruins 50/50 Raffle! We are so thankful to the Boston Bruins Foundation for selecting us as their partner charity and giving us the opportunity spread awareness about MMB to some awesome Bruins fans! Thank you to everyone who supported this initiative, and congrats to the lucky jackpot winner!

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