As many of you know, I'm involved in a high school mentoring program in Boston called Minds Matter. As a volunteer-led organization, we do a lot of meaningful work with high schoolers from around the city (see below for more), but in a nutshell we meet with our respective mentees almost every Saturday throughout the school year to help them with various college prep initiatives that include standardized test prep, summer program applications and, of course, the good ol' college application process. As you can see here, our efforts are many and have been wildly successful over the years.
I've been working with my mentee for two years now. He's a senior and originally from Haiti, now living here in the States with his older sister after their parents sent them to Boston to be near relatives following the 2010 earthquake (which he has described to me on multiple occasions and still seems so unreal). My mentee is extremely bright and talented, especially in the Arts, and has aspirations of becoming an architect so he can eventually return to Haiti and improve the country's buildings and infrastructure. He's currently in the process of applying to schools, which range from UMass and Northeastern to Columbia and Cornell.
This year I was also fortunate to join our Exec Committee and serve as one of the organization's Directors of Mentor Recruiting. With our 60+ new mentors now on board, I can safely say this year looks to be our best yet.
So while I genuinely hate asking for money, especially around the holidays, I wouldn't be doing so if it wasn't a cause so near and dear to me. If you're able to contribute -- even just a few dollars -- I would sincerely appreciate it because every dollar will be put to great use. If not, no worries and I only ask that you please keep the awesome people involved with this organization along with students and teachers (Lord knows I was one of them for two years) everywhere in your thoughts and prayers.
Happy Holidays, y'all!
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For low-income students in Boston, hard-working plus high-achieving doesn't always equal opportunity. Minds Matter is changing that.
Minds Matter’s mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.
Minds Matter is a three year program that offers its students a combination of individualized mentor support, professional ACT instruction, and access to top-tier academic summer programs. The stats speak for themself. Since opening its doors in 2003, 100% of Minds Matter graduating seniors have gained admission to four year- colleges.
Your Gift in Action - Gifts of all sizes matter. Help us achieve our goal and donate today! See how your gift aids our Minds Matter students.
•$25 – food during session all year
•$50 – college application fee
•$100 – transportation to and from sessions for the year
•$250 – ACT tutoring for one year
•$1,000 – new laptop for college (graduating seniors)
•$2,000 – tuition and board at a top tier summer program
For more information on Minds Matter of Boston, visit our website: www.mindsmatterboston.org.