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Our volunteers are energetic, committed, and successful professionals who dedicate their time to helping our students achieve their academic potential.

Minds Matter volunteers come from diverse career backgrounds including advertising, banking, consulting, education, finance, law, marketing, non-profit and many others. The Minds Matter volunteer experience offers committed and caring individuals the opportunity to belong to a community of service-minded peers as well as the chance to build their leadership skills and carry the organization to new levels each year.

Be a Student Mentor

Mentors guide, challenge, and celebrate their student through their three years in the program. As a mentor, you’ll act as a caring adult in your mentee’s life, providing emotional and consistent support while sharing insight from your own journey to college and beyond.

How it Works

Minds Matter utilizes a 2:1 mentor-mentee model: mentors work with their student alongside one other adult mentor to form a triad. Every week, triads work through the Minds Matter curriculum, which guides students through exercises to develop the hard and soft skills they need to succeed in college. Mentors commit to following their student throughout their three years in the program. Together, triads form the backbone of a student’s experience in Minds Matter.

Key Responsibilities

The mentor role is all about strong relationships. In order to effectively guide, challenge and celebrate their mentee, mentors exhibit and develop a few key characteristics:

  • Your relationship is built over time, in and out of session, but the majority of your interactions happens at Saturday session. Therefore, showing up and being present at session is the baseline for your effectiveness as a mentor. Mentors are required to attend at least 80% of Saturday sessions during the course of the school year.
  • Acting as a role model and caring adult for your mentee requires active listening, empathy, commitment and integrity. Furthermore, it’s critical that mentors follow through on their commitments made to their mentee. Unfulfilled promises negatively impact relationships, but especially those with young people. Mentors act as role models and mentor not only their own student, but also all of the students on their team.
  • While there are no required meetings outside of Saturday session, we ask mentors to be responsive to short texts/emails from their student during the week, and actively check-in from time to time.
  • All volunteers act as representatives of Minds Matter in and out of session, and are asked to uphold the organization’s values and core beliefs.

Additional Requirements

  • Mentors are required to be college graduates of 4-year colleges or universities.
  • Mentors are required to pass a criminal background check and undergo child protection training.
  • Mentors work in triads to ensure that their student’s assignments are completed on time.
  • Mentors are asked to play in a role in fundraising for the organization throughout their time in Minds Matter. (There are no penalties for not participating.)
  • Mentors may be asked to recruit new volunteers for Minds Matter.

Time Commitment

Mentors commit to volunteering with Minds Matter for 2-3 hours per week on Saturdays from approximately 12:00pm – 2:00pm. Mentors should be prepared to commit to three years as volunteers as they follow their student through the program.

Be a Writing & Critical Thinking Advisor

Typical Writing & Critical Thinking Advisors have a professional or academic focus in writing.

  • Sophomore Program: Each volunteer is grouped with three sophomore students in a structured program to help take the students’ writing skills from the basic to the intermediate and advanced levels.
  • Writing & Critical Thinking Advisors help to recruit subsequent generations of Minds Matter volunteers and leaders

Time Commitment

2-3 hours per week, including Saturday sessions from approximately 10:00am – 11:00am.

Be a Test Prep Instructor

Test Prep Instructors are trained to guide students in small groups through a structured weekly Kaplan curriculum that helps elevate their SAT scores.

  • Test Prep SAT sessions take place every Saturday for two hours from October through May.
  • Test Prep Instructors help to recruit subsequent generations of Minds Matter volunteers and leaders.

Time Commitment

2-3 hours per week, including Saturday sessions from approximately 10:00am – 12:00pm.


Be a Math Instructor

Math Instructors: 

  • Math instructors work with one to three students on a range of topics, including advanced arithmetic, algebra, and introductory statistics, using a provided curriculum and workbook.
  • Math instructors help students see where quantitative reasoning skills can be used in everyday life, beyond the classroom and traditional STEM-focused careers.

Time Commitment

1-2 hours per week, including Saturday sessions from 11:00am – 12:00pm.