We Are
Minds Matter Seattle

Minds Matter transforms the lives of accomplished
high school students from low-income families by
broadening their dreams and preparing them
for college success.


Students Accepted Into Four-Year Colleges & Universities

We aim to equip underprivileged high school students with the tools to gain acceptance to top-tier academic summer programs and to four-year universities. We believe no student dedicated to earning a college education should be limited by his or her socioeconomic status.


Minds Matter is

Preparing Students For a Brighter Future

81% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch


90% graduate college within four years (compared to 59% of other high-achieving, low-income students)


70% attended schools in Barron’s Top 3 Categories


94% of Alumni attribute Minds Matter to their college access and academic success


What People Are Saying

Mentoring means building trust and having a positive influence on someone where a void exists today.

- Michael, Minds Matter of the Twin Cities Mentor

Minds Matter understands that support is something that every student needs to succeed. We have more than just our mentors: we have a whole team.

- Jaelynne, Minds Matter of the Twin Cities Alumna

I am so grateful to Minds Matter for introducing me to the summer programs; without them, I don’t think my summer would have turned out to be one of the best in my life.

- Jesus, Minds Matter of Seattle Mentee

Volunteer Highlight: Valerie Chen

In this month’s Volunteer Highlight, we want to introduce you to Valerie Chen, a Test Prep instructor, who just joined Minds Matter in 2019!  A recent transplant from Michigan, Valerie is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan, where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering. We sat down with Valerie…

A Special Opportunity: On Stage with Melinda Gates

For most of us, the question “Would you like to interview Melinda Gates?” would evoke a nervous laugh. So, when Minds Matter Seattle Sophomore Michelle D. was asked this very question, her initial response was just that. But her Computer Science (CS) teacher wasn’t joking; as a top student in her Advanced Placement CS class,…

It Takes a Village: Minds Matter Seattle’s 2019 Spring Soiree

May 16, 2019 marked our 6th Annual Spring Soiree, where Minds Matter Seattle supporters came out to celebrate our students and give back to our program. This year’s event centered on how “it takes a village” –only by support from many individuals that Minds Matter Seattle students are able to achieve their dreams. Our volunteers…


Our mentors work with their students through a three-year program from sophomore to senior year to prepare for college.

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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 MMS.

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