Our History

Minds Matter’s mission is to transform the lives of high achieving high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.

In 1991, six Wall Street professionals established Minds Matter in New York City to mentor high-achieving, low-income high school students who had the potential and ambition to pursue a college education, but who lacked the resources to achieve that dream. Since then, Minds Matter has grown into a national organization with fourteen chapters across the United States in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, the Twin Cities, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

The organization’s services have developed into a holistic four-year program for high school students. Each year students are guided through valuable lessons in Academic Preparedness, Writing & Critical Thinking, and ACT Preparation.

Today, with over 700 volunteers each contributing over 120 hours of service every year, Minds Matter is one of the largest volunteer-led organizations in the nation dedicated to promoting higher education. 


Minds Matter of Boston is a chapter of the national Minds Matter organization. Since its founding in Boston in 2003, Minds Matter Boston has achieved remarkable and consistent success – 100% of its students have been accepted into a four-year college, and 94% of alumni are still enrolled or have graduated from college.

Minds Matter Boston is committed to making college education a reality for our students in the Greater Boston area. Students are paired with two mentors and spend time during weekly mentoring sessions working on summer and college applications, standardized test preparation, community service efforts, writing and speaking skills, and other life skills that benefit the student academically and personally. This past year, over 200 volunteers from the Boston area teamed up with 94 students from 20 schools! All 29 seniors achieved admission to college; the average senior also received $48,000 of first year financial assistance, ensuring their college education would be both available and affordable.