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.

Celebrate With Us at The 10-Year Anniversary Benefit on April 20!

We are celebrating 10 years of Minds Matter Twin Cities and making a difference in our students' lives! Our dedicated volunteers help break down barriers, level the playing field and, ultimately, change the trajectory of our students' futures. We have accomplished so much, yet still have more work to do.

We are thrilled to return to in-person celebrations and fundraising events. This year, we will be celebrating on April 20 at The Whim at 6-8:30 PM. We would love to have you!

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 2022-23 Academic Year!

Questions? Contact Us At: twincities@mindsmatter.org