We Are
Minds Matter Seattle

Minds Matter connects driven and determined students from low-income families with the people, preparation and possibilities to succeed in college, create their future and change the world.

Minds Matter takes responsibility for creating a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that starts with engaging people at every level of the organization who reflect, celebrate, and affirm the multi-dimensional identities of our students. This allows all of us to broaden our thinking, deepen our understanding, and expand our views on what is possible.


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

Minds Matter to me means community. And community means everything. I’m personally committed to the mantra — "be the person you needed when you were younger". I was the first member of my family to go to University. When I arrived in Seattle, I had no contacts, no friends, and no one who could relate to what I was going through. However, when I recall my early personal ‘wins,’ I realize that there was always a mentor or close friend pushing me and facilitating my engagement among the professional world and my personal development. It just didn’t occur to me, until after graduation, that I couldn’t have navigated those waters alone and been as successful. I have a real purpose each weekend to be that person I needed, for those I care about, for our students, and for myself. 

- Alex Diaz, Volunteer

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


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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Minds Matter would not be possible without all of our generous donators helping to continue our organization's mission.

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