Who We Are

About Us

Minds Matter of Cleveland is a non-profit organization working to overcome the education gap that holds back high-performing, low-income high school students. We do this by providing academic and mentoring resources, support, and opportunities to help students navigate the path to college and career success. Our program consists of rigorous academic sessions, mentoring, ACT test prep, and funded attendance at summer college immersion programs. Every student who has graduated from our program has moved on to a four-year college program.

Minds Matter of Cleveland is a chapter of the national Minds Matter organization.  Since its founding in New York City in 1991, the organization expanded to 13 cities: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, the Twin Cities, and Washington, D.C.

The Cleveland chapter has grown since its founding in 2008, with the capacity to serve 58 students supported by a team of over 200 volunteers.

Here A Few Fun Facts About Us

We have been serving the Cleveland community for over 10 years.

We are thankful for our 200 volunteer dedicating over 16,000 hours annually.

We currently have 58 students preparing for a four-year college.


Our 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. 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. They are more confident of their abilities, and they eager to succeed. Minds Matter works with motivated students because we believe that no student dedicated to earning a college education should be limited by socioeconomic status.