Minds Matter DC
Minds Matter DC is a strong, passionate group of individuals dedicated to providing extra support and resources needed to help highly motivated, low-income DC students reach their highest potential without additional costs to the school system or students. Our team members have a wide range of experience and skills in the non-profit and private sectors, including a number of DC residents, three members who previously volunteered as mentors at Minds Matter NYC, and one member who has two young children in DC Public Schools.
Minds Matter DC is a chapter of the national Minds Matter organization. Since its founding in New York City in 1991, Minds Matter has grown into a national organization with eleven chapters across the United States in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, the Twin Cities and now Washington D.C. For more than 22 years, Minds Matter has been making competitive college admission a reality for underserved students nationwide. Minds Matter transforms the lives of highly-motivated, low-income students by providing the individualized mentoring, standardized test preparation, and writing and critical thinking instruction that has been proven necessary to achieve college success.
As a result of those efforts, on a nationwide basis, 100% of our graduates have been accepted into a four-year college or university, and more than 95% of our tracked alumni have graduated from or are currently enrolled in college. 89% of Minds Matter students accepted to college are first-generation college students.