We Are
Minds Matter Twin Cities

Minds Matter connects driven and determined students from low-income families with the people, preparation, and possibilities to succeed in college, create their future, and change the world.

2024 Minds Matter 5K Fun Run

Minds Matter Twin Cities had our inaugural Minds in Motion 5K Fun Run! We ran around the beautiful Lake Bde Maka Ska, where every stride supported our mission to empower young minds. Together, we raised over $2,000 to help students from low-income families strive for a brighter future. Thank you to everyone who participated and our sponsors for making this a successful fundraiser.

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Thank You To Our Sponsors!

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Minds Matter Twin Cities Celebrated Our 10-Year Anniversary

In April 2023, we celebrated 10 years of community work we have accomplished for the past 10 years. Our dedicated volunteers help break down barriers, level the playing field and, ultimately, change the trajectory of our students' futures. We aim to grow our program so we can continue to help more students from low-income families gain college admission. Thank you to everyone who showed up to support us!

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

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What Minds Matter Does

Minds Matter is a three-year program that begins in students' sophomore year of high school. Minds Matter offers its students a combination of individualized mentor support and academic instruction that provides students with the resources, information, and guidance they need to gain admission to, enroll in, and graduate from four-year colleges.

400 Hours

More than 400 hours of in-class instruction in math and writing skills and ACT/SAT preparation

Two Mentors

Weekly mentoring with two dedicated mentors from sophomore year of high school to graduation

Two Summer Programs

Attendance at prestigious summer programs across the nation and around the world, fully funded by donors


Students have been accepted into a four-year college

We strive to equip high school students with the tools to gain acceptance to a four-year university and navigate the financial aid process. Through these efforts, we help our students develop as individuals. We introduce them to a world of opportunity outside their neighborhoods and comfort zones. Minds Matter works with motivated students because we believe that no student dedicated to earning a college education should be limited by socioeconomic status.

What People Are Saying

"During the school year, my Minds Matter mentors were a constant source of support, especially when I was overwhelmed and stressed about college applications. To know that I have people outside of my family that supports me and want to see me succeed has given me the motivation to keep pushing myself. I want to make them – and myself – proud.”

– Nancy, Minds Matter Alum and Wheaton College Class of 2019

"It didn’t take long for me to notice the many constants between chapters of Minds Matter: extremely dedicated volunteers, enthusiastic and intellectually curious mentees, and an incredible leadership network in the board of directors."

– Jonathan, Minds Matter Washington, D.C. President

"I grew up believing I had to do everything for myself. Slowly, but surely, I learned how to ask for help…it was a huge lesson to realize that I sometimes can’t do it all. If anything, I need community."

– Zhi, Minds Matter Alum and Hamilton College Class of 2019

Get Involved For The 2024-25 Academic Year!

Questions? Contact Us At: twincities@mindsmatter.org