Preparing Students for College Success and Broadening Their Dreams

Who We Are And How We Are Making A Difference

The Minds Matter 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. Each mentee is paired with two dedicated, college-educated mentors who provide personalized, ongoing support over the course of three years, starting the mentee’s sophomore year.

Every non-holiday Saturday during the school year, mentees attend four-hour sessions. In the mornings, test prep, writing and critical thinking, and math instructors guide them through our Test Prep, Writing & Critical Thinking, and Math Matters programs. In the afternoons, the mentors arrive for two hours of mentoring, bonding, “what’s going on in the world” discussions, the “great debate” series, planning of classes and extracurricular activities, summer program and financial aid applications, college preparation, and other enrichment, college readiness, and mentoring activities. Over the summers, mentees attend academic, cultural, or leadership programs throughout the United States and the world, all funded by Minds Matter.

Minds Matter of Seattle is 100% volunteer-run. Virtually all of our donated funds go straight to funding our mentees’ summer programs.

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We Could Not Exist Without Our Volunteers


Minds Matter could not exist without the dedication and commitment of over 1,900 volunteers nationwide. Many of our mentors are working professionals who devote their free time to enriching the lives of our deserving students. Our volunteers are a motivational powerhouse, always available to provide a listening ear and an encouraging word to the students they mentor.