Minds Matter is a three year program that begins in students’ sophomore year of high school. Minds Matter offers its students a combination of individualized mentor support, ACT preparation, group instruction and college summer programs to provide students with the resources, information and guidance they need to gain admission to, enroll in and graduate from four-year colleges.
Minds Matter students join our program as sophomores in high school and receive the following:
Individualized mentor support: focused support from two dedicated mentors students every Saturday. Mentors and students build strong relationships and work together to help achieve the students' academic and personal goals.
Professional ACT preparation: differentiated, small- group instruction led by Princeton Review tutors that cover testing strategies for all 4 subject tests every Saturday.
Professional writing instruction: program introduced in program year 2016-17 to strengthen students' writing and critical thinking skills while teaching them to advocate for social change.
Group academic instruction: in-class instruction focused on college prep facilitated by Team Leads and mentors.
Access to experts on college admissions & financial aid: outside speakers who specialize in college selection, admission and financial aid processes present to mentors and mentees in junior and senior year.
Summer enrichment programs: opportunity to attend two rigorous summer academic programs at top-tier institutions to explore their educational interests.
Key Facts & Figures
We serve 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
2:1 Mentor to Student ratio
Program runs from October - May
Students receive over 300 hours of outside-of-school learning
2017 – 2018 Academic Year:
20 Boston & Cambridge Area schools represented
88 Students (31 Sophomores, 30 Juniors, 27 Seniors)
+200 Volunteers involved
2017-2018 Program IMPACT
On average, Sophomores and Juniors saw a 19% increase on their ACT composite and 19% increase in their writing skills (as measured by the Common Core State Standard Writing Rubric) after one year of instruction
96% of Sophomores and Juniors attended a college-prep summer program
100% of Seniors gained admission to a 4-year college or university
82% of Seniors were accepted to a college in Barron’s top three tiers
53% of Seniors gained admission to Top 50 schools
The average Senior received $45,000 in first-year financial aid, meeting 93% of their financial need
100% of Seniors believed MMB who played a major role in preparing them for college
93% of Minds Matter Boston alumni are still enrolled or have graduated from a 4-year college
Top Colleges ATTended by 2018 Graduates
Bryn Mawr College