BENEFITING: MINDS MATTER
HOURS PLEDGED: 1,000
Dear Family and Friends,
Meet David. At 14, David refused to join a gang. In retaliation, gang members torched his home, bullet holes everywhere, leaving it inhabitable. David's family separated to other homes best they could. David was homeless, sleeping on park benches with his backpack as a pillow. But he never stopped studying.
His high school principal recommended then-sophomore David for Minds Matter in Cleveland. This fall, David started Harvard University studying engineering on a Gates Millenium Scholarship. In David's own words: "Minds Matter has been excellent. I mean this with all the sincerity possible; I would not be going to Harvard if it weren't for MM. Minds Matter for me has fostered an environment that was not only comfortable, but productive. MM helped me to keep strong when I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders and my mentors in particular, gave me something to believe in."
Wow! From homeless to Harvard. But it gets better. David's story went viral of the kid that chose his education to gang life. Exactly the ripple we love! Blogs picked up his story. TV stations. It even caught the attention of BET. Yes, Black Entertainment Television named David a "2012 Change Maker" (see more on their website "Shine a Light"). David's now a role model in his nation, for choosing his education over gangs.
In Los Angeles, we are just getting started. Since our start in 2010, we've tripled the size of our program and hope to triple again. Our first group of seniors are busy applying, after some great summer experiences at Harvard, Berkeley, Brown, USC and more. For just a few thousand dollars, we can change the trajectory of a student by broadening their dreams and finding them opportunities. We bootstrap MMLA. Volunteers teach and mentor. USC offers us free space. We don't maintain an office or a staff in LA. In fact, we use nearly every dollar to augment financial aid for the summer college experiences.
Would you please consider a donation of $100 or $200? Or more if you can! Every dollar matters. Our program works and has been working for over 20 years. Its grown across the country to more than 10 cities with over 1,300 volunteers involved. My personal fundraising goal is $10,000 (or about 6% of MMLA's needs this year).
Help us help more Davids!
Co-Founder, Minds Matter
Board Vice President, Minds Matter of Los Angeles
Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-721-6228
About Minds Matter: Minds Matter of Los Angeles is a transformative program which helps low-income, academically achieving high school students broaden their dreams and realize their potential. The concept was pioneered in New York City in 1991 and has grown to 10 cities. We identify students in their high school sophomore year and offer them tutoring, mentoring, extra curriculum, summer school scholarships, SAT Prep and college application assistance. 100% of Minds Matter graduates matriculate to college; 95% to competitive colleges. Even though low income students only complete their bachelor's 8% of the time, our graduates complete college at a rate of 90%, or more than 10X their peers. In 2011, Minds Matter of Los Angeles was named "Non Profit of the Year" by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
www.mindsmatterla.org - Website for Minds Matter of Los Angeles
www.mindsmatter.org - Want to contribute to another city? We have chapters in New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, and Twin Cities.