Minds Matter’s mission is to transform the lives of accomplished 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 socioeconomic status.  We equip underprivileged high school students with the tools to gain acceptance at top-tier academic summer programs and four-year universities.


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 twelve cities nationwide, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, the Twin Cities, Detroit and Washington D.C.

Minds Matter Boston is committed to making college education a reality for accomplished high school students from low-income families 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 year, 153 volunteers from the Boston area teamed up with 70 students from over 17 area schools!  All 22 graduating seniors achieved admission to college; the average senior also received $38,848/year of financial assistance, ensuring their college education would be both available and affordable.