We Are Community Members

Minds Matter could not exist without the dedication and commitment of over 1,900 volunteers nationwide.

To apply for a position fill out the volunteer application or email volunteer@www.mindsmatterdc.org for more information.

Volunteer and Make a Lasting Impact

More than 1,300 volunteers nationwide dedicate their time help to Minds Matter achieve its mission each year. Minds Matter of Washington, DC is a 100% volunteer based organization. Our organization consists of professionals from diverse career backgrounds in the DMV area. The Minds Matter volunteer experience offers dedicated individuals both the opportunity to meet a group of like-minded adults as well as the opportunity to hold leadership posts and carry the organization to new levels each year.

Our Mission as Volunteers

To transform the lives of motivated high school students from low-resource families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.

Who We Are

Minds Matter DC is a dedicated group of volunteers that have come together from all walks of life to give back to our community. We take pride in the opportunity before us but we also recognize the personal leadership development and lasting connections being forged every day through this program.

Who We Need

We need volunteers who are energetic, committed and successful individuals, who can dedicate their time and compassion to help local students achieve their academic pursuits. Available volunteer positions include:


Each student is paired with two mentors and meet every Saturday to work on essays, summer prep program selection, and school selection. Our mentors act as catalysts for the students, providing them with individual support and guidance, allowing each student to fulfill his or her potential and make the leap to college.

Mentor Expectations:

  • A college graduate
  • Act as a positive influence and a role model for students
  • Be a strong communicator to keep mentee, peers, and chapter leadership informed
  • Attend 75% of the sessions from September through May
  • Time commitment: 3-4hrs/week


The instructional component of the programs is designed to strengthen the knowledge of math, writing, and critical thinking skills necessary for students to be successful on standardized tests. Our instructors serve as guides and role models, as well as one-on-one coaches to the students. We are currently looking for instructors in the following programs: Math and Writing & Critical Thinking.

Instructor Expectations:

  • A college graduate
  • Time commitment: 4-6hrs/week from September through May


Class Program Directors are the driving force for the program and  oversee the mentor/mentee relationships. Class Program Directors are responsible for leading afternoon sessions.

Time commitment: 3-4 hrs/week; September through May


Volunteers Across All Chapters Nationwide

Each year, we place bright and motivated students together with college graduates, who are committed to developing strong relationships with students and guiding them toward their academic pursuits.