Minds Matter has been named a finalist in the 2013 Barclays Citizenship Awards. These awards recognize and celebrate the contributions and commitment of Barclays’ employees. Minds Matter is proud of our Team Barclays. Together, they spend more than 4,000 hours volunteering for our programs, serving as mentors, board members, and as executive leadership. Help us recognize their commitment to our communities and celebrate their efforts to help hundreds of students achieve college success.
Watch our brief video, vote for Minds Matter, and share it with your friends, family, and colleagues to encourage them to join in the effort. Don’t forget: you can vote more than once! The winner will be announced in London on June 18.
Minds Matter National, Inc. is pleased to announce our eleventh chapter, Minds Matter of Seattle. Minds Matter of Seattle was founded by a team of volunteers who have vast non-profit experience, including previous extensive involvement with Minds Matter National and New York City. Their leadership and volunteerism over the past several months to launch the program in a new city demonstrates their commitment to Seattle’s youth.
Minds Matter of Seattle is actively preparing for a Fall 2013 launch. More information for guidance counselors, students, parents, and prospective volunteers and donorsabout applying and getting involved may be found on the newly launched www.mindsmatterseattle.org. Please contact Chapter President Catherine Simonsen with any other questions.
In the current 2012-2013 school year, Minds Matter is serving more than 520 students and 1,400 volunteers nationwide in 10 cities including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities.
Minds Matter Cleveland graduate David Boone, and current Harvard student, was recently honored by the United Negro College Fund.
Minds Matter National has received a $10K grant from the Chase Giving Campaign! Thank you to everyone who voted for Minds Matter and helped us secure this money to support our national operations.
Minds Matter National, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will welcome its tenth chapter, Minds Matter of the Twin Cities, in 2012. Minds Matter of the Twin Cities was founded by Kelly Miller, a Minnesota native who recently moved from New York City to the Twin Cities. Kelly was involved in the Minds Matter of NYC chapter in various capacities, including as Co-Director of Alumni. “I am thrilled to leverage the success of the national organization and bring Minds Matter to the Twin Cities, where a strong education system is valued, yet the achievement gap is among the most pronounced in the nation,” says Kelly. The newest chapter in the Minds Matter network has a strong leadership team in place, and the group is busy planning for the fall. “We are working hard to get everything in place to welcome our first class of sophomore students in the fall of 2012,” exclaims Kelly, “[We look forward to] growing the program in the years to come.”
In 2012-2013, Minds Matter expects to serve over 500 students across ten cities nationwide (Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities).
Minds Matter National, Inc. Awarded $375,000 Matching Grant from The Pershing Square Foundation
College-Readiness Program to Utilize Funds to Support Current and Future Student Growth
April 11, 2012, New York, NY – Minds Matter National, Inc. continues to increase its efforts to prepare low-income students for greater success with a grant of $375,000 from The Pershing Square Foundation. The three-year commitment will match funds that Minds Matter will raise to further develop its college-readiness programming for exceptional students.
Minds Matter directs more than 1,300 volunteers who deliver its program to more than 450 students in nine cities across the country. The organization currently manages chapters in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland and San Francisco, and plans to launch additional chapters in the near future.
“We remain impressed by the dedication of the Minds Matter volunteer base – a key contributor to the organization’s ability to generate significant impact with financial efficiency,” explained Paul Bernstein, CEO of The Pershing Square Foundation.
“We value The Pershing Square Foundation as a like-minded partner and longtime supporter,” said G. Jonathan Bernstein, National Board Chair of Minds Matter. “As a volunteer who has had the pleasure of working with Minds Matter for 10 years, I am moved to increase my personal financial contribution to Minds Matter’s Diamond Level and encourage our volunteer alumni and other donors to please consider increasing their financial support in light of this tremendous matching opportunity.”
Minds Matter’s dramatic student growth has driven its volunteer count to exceed 430 for each staff member. The funds awarded by The Pershing Square Foundation will allow Minds Matter to invest in additional staff as well as other opportunities to improve and ensure program quality. Minds Matter will now be better positioned to address today’s student population and maintain its significant growth in students served. The organization will also remain focused on maintaining the same level of financial efficiency in the future that has attracted investors like The Pershing Square Foundation for the last three years.
“Our chapters are launched and managed by volunteers who are college-educated professionals eager to give back to students in their local communities. With The Pershing Square Foundation’s award, Minds Matter will be better equipped to support more students and volunteers,” said Chymeka Olfonse, Executive Director of Minds Matter. “We will continue to empower our high achieving students from low-income families to attend the leading colleges to which they work so hard to gain admission.
To celebrate its recent award and kick off a matching grant campaign, Minds Matter will host a cocktail party at the Shoreham Hotel in NYC on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at: http://mmntl.eventbrite.com/.
About Minds Matter
For the past 20 years, Minds Matter has been transforming the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by preparing them for college success. Since its inception, 100 percent of Minds Matter students who complete the program are accepted to and go on to attend four-year colleges or universities. The Minds Matter model combines academic instruction and individualized mentoring support. Participating students receive intensive SAT/ACT test preparation and math and writing instruction, and are also partnered with two mentors. During the summer, students attend top-tier academic programs and participate in leadership-development activities. Through these experiences, students are better positioned for college success.
On Thursday April 19, Minds Matter National will be hosting An Evening with Minds Matter, to celebrate 20 years of implemting our mission. To date we have had tremendous success with 100% of our students graduating from high school and attending a four year college or university. Thanks to over 1,300 volunteers, Minds Matter has launched chapters in nine cities around the country: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland and San Francisco. We are currently serving 450+ students, but would love to reach so many more. Your support will help us do just that! In fact, your funds will be matched thanks to Minds Matter’s recent grant award from the Pershing Foundation.