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.

At Minds Matter we believe that no student dedicated to earning a college education should be hindered by his or her socioeconomic status. We equip highly-motivated, low-income students with the tools & resources needed to gain admission & graduate from four-year colleges. 


The Challenge:

  • Low-income, high-achieving students are grossly underrepresented at competitive colleges. Only 3% of students at the nations top 146 colleges are from a low-income background.

  • College graduates earn a staggering 84% more than high school graduates. Without appropriate college preparation and access, low income students will not earn a college degree, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.


Minds Matter of Boston is a chapter of the national Minds Matter organization. Since its founding in New York City in 1991, Minds Matter has achieved remarkable and consistent success – 100% of its students have been accepted into a four-year college. The organization has expanded to thirteen cities nationwide, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, the Twin Cities, Detroit, Houston, and Washington D.C.

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 88 students from 20 schools! All 27 graduating seniors achieved admission to college; the average senior also received $45,000 of first year financial assistance, ensuring their college education would be both available and affordable.