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 2016-2017, the average Minds Matter student:
- had a 3.88 GPA;
- would be a first generation college student (67%);
- came from a household with an average annual income of $32,209;
- spoke English as a second language (50%);
- identified as a minority (93%);
- and was enrolled in at least 1 AP class (72%).
What are the requirements for a student to become a mentee?
An eligible student:
- is enrolled in Grade 10 or 11 in the Boston area;
- qualifies for free or reduced lunch;
- resides in low-income neighborhood in Boston, MA;
- 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. 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).
"Minds Matter mentors are the most valuable aspect of the program because I look up to them due to their success stories and past. They have not only helped me with writing essays to competitive programs, but also helped me advocate my desires. Both have been a tremendous help, even outside of the program. They are my role models and most importantly, my friends." -Senior Mentee
"I believe that Minds Matter has prepared me for college with the summer courses that we take. It helped me to know which colleges were the right ones for me in terms of size, location, and cost. I was able to develop a working relationship with my teachers, stay prepared for class, and focus on school work." -Senior Mentee
"The connections I have made with other Minds Matter students and other mentors are the most valuable. I got a great insight on their own experiences, goals and aspirations and it helps me figure out who I am as a person and what I like and don't like to do. Minds Matter brings out my independence and I am honored to become a Minds Matter alumni." -Senior Mentee