We Are
Minds Matter Cleveland

Transforming the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for success in college and beyond.


All of our students have been accepted into a four-year college.

We 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. Minds Matter believes that no student dedicated to earning a college education should be limited by socioeconomic status.

Our Students

Students admitted to Barron’s Most, Highly, or Very Competitive schools


Minimum student GPA


Substantial improvement in ACT scores

+45 percentile points

Our students represent sophomores, juniors and seniors from 15 high schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, inner-ring suburbs, and private institutions.

What People Are Saying

Anthony, Minds Matter Cleveland alumnus and Wesleyan University Class of 2020

"Minds Matter has had a tremendous impact on me. Without the support, financially and academically, I wouldn't be able to have the experiences I had such as my summer programs in Washington and visiting China for the second time. Additionally the invaluable mentorship has molded me into a better leader, a life-long learner, and a productive citizen. Without Minds Matter, I wouldn't be the person I am today.”

Brent, Minds Matter Cleveland President

"Becoming a part of Minds Matter of Cleveland in 2009, where I started as a mentor and moved on to be an instructor, tutor, Executive Team member, and now President, has been one of the most rewarding experiences I can imagine. Minds Matter brings together an amazing group of dedicated and diverse volunteers to share their skills and experiences with an incredibly impressive group of deserving and committed students as they seek their college and career dreams. The futures of both our students and our volunteers are far brighter because of their experiences in Minds Matter."

Renee, Minds Matter Cleveland alumnus and Miami University Ohio Class of 2020

"Minds Matter has impacted me by helping to expand my idea of what I am capable of including providing me with a great support network to help better myself academically, personally, and many other things. Minds Matter has also allowed me the chance to have many different experiences that I wouldn’t have otherwise."

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