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Minds Matter is an academic mentoring program that empowers high-performing high school students from low-income families to achieve college admission and success. Students in our program participate in Saturday sessions which include mentoring, test prep, critical thinking and writing skill-building. During their summers students complete precollege academic programs through Minds Matter.

We match each of our students with two mentors that work with them for the duration of our program, from their sophomore through senior years of high school. This 2-on-1 structure is one of the things that sets Minds Matter apart and ensures our mentees’ success.



We are looking for Mentors for the 2019-2020 academic year.  These roles will begin in August 2019.



Mentors support students on their path to discover, plan for, and ready themselves for college. Saturday mentoring sessions focus on group discussions, teamwork, skill building, and exposing students to new experiences around Chicago through various field trips. Mentors build a strong, trusting, relationship with their mentees during the Minds Matter program. Our mentors serve as positive role models and catalysts for the students, encouraging them to fulfill their potential.



When working with youth, one of the key components to building trust is just showing up. Commitment is important for our program—presence, proactive communication, and conscientiousness are what make Minds Matter Chicago work.

  • We require a minimum commitment of 3-4 hours per week, including time needed for weekly session/lesson preparation and/or regular communication with your mentee.
  • Sessions are every Saturday from September to May (excluding regular holidays). We require a minimum attendance of 80% of Saturday sessions.
  • Mentoring session are from 12:30PM - 2:30PM
  • We prefer mentors that are able to commit to three years within the program, working with the same student from their sophomore through senior years, because building strong relationships with students over time is vital for their growth and success. We understand that moving, new jobs, and changing circumstances happen, so we ask that mentors devote at least one year to working within the program.



  • Our best volunteers are energetic, committed, and demonstrate a passion for our mission. We are looking for mentors who can build rapport and trust with students, and within our volunteer community.
  • The ability to help mentees set goals and support them as they work to achieve those goals.
  • Conscientious and communicative practices, like responsiveness to others and advance communication of absences.

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Minds Matter Chicago

Eric Mintzer
Director of Volunteers
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