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Minds Matter of Boston 2015 Holiday Fundraising Drive

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BENEFITING: MINDS MATTER

ORGANIZER: MINDS MATTER

Zach Burrus

THE STORY:

Hi All,

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!

Zach

MORE ON MINDS MATTER:

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.

Per student:

•$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.

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$540

MONEY RAISED
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  • Rosie Hale

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Beth Burrus

    $50

  • kay burrus

    $50

  • Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications

    $250

  • Baabsy

    $50

  • Patrick

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54% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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The Team: $71,939 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Meaghan Mahoney

Amount Raised

$10,150

 

41% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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Jeff Neblett

Amount Raised

$4,050

 

135% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Jordan Frantz

Amount Raised

$3,300

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Charles Custeau

Amount Raised

$2,627

 

105% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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Margaret Flatley

Amount Raised

$2,600

 

520% Raised of $500 Goal

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Kate Herlihy

Amount Raised

$2,425

 

97% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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Rachel Kanter

Amount Raised

$2,355

 

118% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Nathan Ott

Amount Raised

$2,200

 

22% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Patrick

Patrick

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Baabsy

Baabsy

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications

Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications

DONATION: $250

Thank you for all that you do, Zach! 3 years ago

kay burrus

kay burrus

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Beth Burrus

Beth Burrus

DONATION: $50

You will always be a teacher, Zach. What an awesome program! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Rosie Hale

Rosie Hale

3 years ago