Minds Matter is preparing students for a brighter future
Minds Matter, Inc. is a nationally recognized not-for-profit serving high-achieving, low income students in cities across the United States. Our mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams preparing them for success.
Since its founding in New York City in 1991, the effectiveness of Minds Matter has been affirmed — 100 percent of our students have been accepted into a four-year college. The organization has expanded to twelve cities, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, the Twin Cities and Washington, D.C.
The 2015-2016 school year is the twelfth year for Minds Matter of Denver (“MMD”). The Denver chapter, founded in 2004, is the culmination of a grass-roots effort to level the educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.
The Challenges Student Face
Only 40% of Colorado’s students who qualify for free-and-reduced lunch will graduate from high school.
of those Only 45% of Denver Public School students enroll in college, compared to 72% of their higher income peers.
of those Only 36% of college-qualified low-income students nationwide complete bachelor’s degrees within eight and a half years, compared with 81% of high-income students.
The Need For Better Education
Colorado has the largest ethnic achievement gap in the nation, as there are 39% more whites earning college degrees then Hispanics, compared to the average national gap of 19%.
Only 7% of low-income Denver Public School students actually graduate from college.
100% of MMD Students Accepted Into Four-Year Colleges & Universities
Minds matter Closes The Achievement Gap
Minds Matter’s goals are to increase academic performance, improve leadership skills, and obtain college financial aid/scholarships for disadvantaged Denver Public School high school students so they can attend a four-year university.
We provide a rigorous academic program for bright, motivated high school families from low income families earning less than $25,000 per year.
How We Do It
Our academic mentors work with their students through a three-year program from sophomore to senior year.
Many volunteers meet with students for 3 hours on a weekly basis. This year, volunteers will donate over 8,000 hours of their time to MMD.
Minds Matter would not be possible without our generous donators helping to continue our organization.
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Our 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.