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Be a mentor for a low-income high school student

Location: Los Angeles CA, 90023

Date: 11/9/2019 Spots Remaining: 100

Description

Are you craving a 1:1 volunteer experience where you can really make a meaningful impact on someone else's life? If so, volunteer as a mentor with Minds Matter - you'll work directly with a low-income, first-generation high school student from Sophomore through Senior year, helping them understand their goals and potential and providing them individual encouragement and guidance. 

Mentors are paired with a co-mentor and a student. Mentoring sessions occur every Saturday during the academic school year and are divided into activities to help you build a bond with your mentee and focused time for both mentors to help their mentee navigate the various projects that are part of the program's curriculum, such as applying to summer programs at universities across the country where they can get a taste of college-level courses and life on campus. 


Mission:
Minds Matter is an organization dedicated to preparing motivated and bright students from low-income families to succeed in college. We work with students beginning in their sophomore year of high school all the way through their graduation from high school, both on academics (test prep, writing) and on life skills (time management, financial literacy, leadership). Each student is paired with two mentors who stay with them through the duration of the program. The vast majority of our students will be the first from their families to attend college, and we strive to give them the tools they need to thrive in college and in life.

 

For more information, visit the Minds Matter LA website at http://mindsmatterla.org/ or email us at info@mindsmatterla.org.

To Apply:
Fill out the application at https://tfaforms.com/310839

Mentor Commitment:

* Participate every Saturday during the academic school year from 12pm-2:30pm (approx 25 sessions/year, in Boyle Heights)

* Attend at least 75% of the Saturday sessions

* Check in with your student and your co-mentor on a weekly phone call

Notable Minds Matter LA facts:

  • 8 graduating classes - 115 graduates

  • 100% of program graduates have been accepted to 4 year colleges, including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, other Ivy League colleges, UC Berkeley, UCLA, among others

  • Scholarships recipients: 7 Millennium Gates Scholar, 3 Milken Scholars, 2 Posse Scholars, 1 Jack Kent Cooke Scholar

  • Notable internships: McKinsey Research Center, Mayor's Office (Los Angeles)

  • Notable job placements: Disney Animation, Teach For America, Barclays


 

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities
  • Issue Area(s): Children & Youth Education
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