Putnam has been involved with Minds Matter Boston for over 5 years. In addition to sponsoring their Spring Soiree, we have had 7+ Putnamites serve as mentors for Minds Matter, most recently Tommy, Tara S, and June. I asked them to share their thoughts on the organization and their experience.
Tell us more about Minds Matter.
Minds Matter is a mentoring program for high-performing high school students from low-income families in the Boston area that prepares them for college admission and success. Through ACT tutoring, writing workshops, mentoring sessions, full tuition coverage to top-tier academic summer programs, and access to experts on the college application and financial aid process students strengthen the skills they need to apply and achieve acceptance to great colleges and universities. Since opening its doors in 2003, 100% of graduating seniors have been accepted to a 4-year colleges.
Tell me more about experience as a mentor(s)?
“Working with Minds Matter has been incredibly fulfilling. I think a lot of people don’t realize how much they can offer in terms of mentorship until they get in there and start forming a relationship with their mentees. I feel like my time is very well spent every Saturday, and I’m proud of the growth that I’ve seen in my mentee over the past two years.” – Tommy
“Being a mentor with Minds Matter is fun and rewarding – we get to support our mentees in taking big steps towards admittance to terrific colleges. It’s exciting to watch our mentees grow from sophomores to seniors in high school and help them set and achieve academic and extracurricular goals along the way.” – Tara S.
“It’s an excellent, well organized program with a specific end goal of getting mentees interested in and knowledgeable about college options via summer programs and info sessions so that when the time comes they are able to successfully apply and be admitted to good colleges. They train us well and it’s a great community of mentors as well and would recommend other Putnamites to consider.” – June
Outside of being a mentor are there other ways people can get involved to support Minds Matter?
- Funding and volunteering is the main mode of getting involved in Minds Matter: https://www.mindsmatterboston.org/partner-with-us/
- Minds Matter looks for members of their Associate Board to serve other roles too! https://www.mindsmatterboston.org/our-leaders/