Our Program

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 Academic Approach 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 intensive math, writing, critical-thinking facilitated by the Class Head 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

2016 – 2017 Academic Year:

  •  20 Boston & Cambridge Area schools represented
  • 80 Students (32 Sophomores, 24 Juniors, 24 Seniors)
  • 160 Volunteers


  • 100% of Graduating seniors attending undergraduate institutions (24 Students)
  • 100% of Sophomores & Juniors attending academic summer programs (56 Students) 

Top Colleges Attended by 2017 Graduates

  • Boston College
  • Bryant University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Dartmouth College
  • Northeastern University
  • Tufts University
  • Wellesley College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Williams College

TOP Summer programs ATTENDED 

  • Brown University
  • Duke University
  • Experiment in International Living
  • Harvard University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Tufts University