Who are Our Students?

Students selected to join Minds Matter as mentees are those who have demonstrated strong academic potential, high motivation and maturity, and a commitment to pursue a college education. All Minds Matter mentees are students in Grades 10, 11, and 12.

In 2018, the average Minds Matter student:

  • had a 3.7 GPA;

  • would be, upon matriculation, a first-generation college student (69%);

  • came from a household with an average annual income of $27,692 and 4.7 people in the home;

  • spoke English as a second language (50%);

  • identified as a Person of Color (93%);

  • and was enrolled in at least 1 AP class (70%).

What are the requirements for a student to become a mentee?

An eligible student:

  • is enrolled in Grade 10 or 11 in the Greater Boston Area;

  • qualifies for free or reduced lunch under the federal guidelines;

  • maintains an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher;

  • and commits to attend Saturday sessions from 9:00am to 2:15pm throughout the school year.

What are the requirements for students to stay with the Minds Matter program?

Minds Matter requires its mentees to attend 80% of sessions held throughout the school year and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Additionally, all mentees must commit to attending college-immersion summer programs before their Junior and Senior years (program lengths vary from 2 to 6 weeks).

STUDENT Testimonials

I couldn’t do it all by myself as a first generation, low-income student. Minds Matter did more than just provide test prep or college application support, it gave me the resources for success in college and beyond.
— Saredo, Vassar College '22
Minds Matter changed my life. If it wasn’t for the program and my mentors, I would still be that shy, insecure student that was afraid to share his voice. 
— Yousef, Tufts University '22
My mentors mean the world to me. They were always by my side through high school, and I can’t wait for our relationship to grow even more while I’m in college.
— Lynn-Tia, Brandeis University '22
My summer program experiences at Harvard and Boston College allowed me to adjust to the academic and social challenges that come with the transition from high school to college. Without Minds Matter, I would not have the chance to go to Boston College for the next four years.
— Joey, Boston College '23