I shall be running the New York City Marathon on November 6th in support of—and to raise funds for—Minds Matter NYC, an incredible education nonprofit that helps low-income, high-achieving high school students broaden their realities by getting in to college. Minds Matter is made up of 500 volunteers—I’ve been one for more than a year now—who provide 170 students with two-on-one mentorship, test prep and writing instruction over the course of a rigorous three-year program. Minds Matter students comes from households with an average income of less than $24,000 (which is just below the federal poverty line) and often have challenging home lives, serving as the primary caregiver for one (or multiple) family members and working jobs in their spare time to make ends meet. Yet what they lack in financial and familial stability, they more than make up for in ambition, grit and intelligence. Starting their sophomore year through senior year, these kids spend nearly every Saturday afternoon at Minds Matter sessions, taking ACT and SAT practice tests, honing their writing and critical thinking skills and learning the ins and outs of the FAFSA process. By the time high school graduation rolls around, 100% of them walk across the stage with college acceptance letters in tow. (This is actually a fact: Since Minds Matter began in 1991, ALL students have received acceptance to four-year colleges and universities. My two mentees from last year are currently enrolled at Columbia University and Smith, both with full-ride scholarships.)
I can confidently say that Minds Matter has been THE most energizing, rewarding part of my NYC experience. I’d love your support—both financial and moral—as I sweat it out for 26.2 miles in the name of education access and incredibly tenacious teens. Can’t say I’m confident that I’ll finish the race in one piece, but I am confident in the power of this organization to impact REAL, positive change. My fundraising goal is $2,500 and any—and all—contributions are wholeheartedly appreciated.
Huge thank you for reading and considering!
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