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The Future Leaders of Cleveland

Each day, Minds Matter is inspired by the commitment and drive of the students we serve. Our students choose to spend their Saturdays improving their academic abilities and preparing themselves for the future. They are determined and focused, and understand fully the value of higher education to their success.

Meet Our Students


Tosheania - Oberlin College

Tosh is a Euclid High School graduate. For her Minds Matter summer program, while in high school she studied how structural racism affects the health outcomes of black communities at Brown University. She will major in neuroscience and environmental studies and plans to go on to medical school to become a doctor.

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Mario - Colorado College

In Minds Matter, Mario attended Harvard University to study current research in brain and neuroscience associated with mindfulness and its outcomes among youth. Mario is a recent graduate of Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay.


Daniel - University of Pennsylvania

A graduate of Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, Daniel attends the University of Pennsylvania as a Questbridge scholar with the full cost of tuition covered. He plans to become a primary health care physician, and to develop programs for students to be health activists and scholars.


Our Students

Students Admitted To Barron’s Most, Highly, Or Very Competitive Schools


Minimum Student GPA


Students accepted to a four-year college/university


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.

Minds Matter students are hard-working and dedicated to their futures.

Our students spend three years completing rigorous academic coursework, receiving mentoring from young professionals, attending college summer programs at leading universities and receiving expert guidance on the college admissions process.

In order to complete the program, students must attend Minds Matter’s sessions every Saturday during the school year. Each student session lasts five hours. Given the program’s intensity, Minds Matter only admits students who are high-achievers and have a strong determination to attend college.

Our typical student:

  • is academically motivated
  • has a household income below $25K
  • displays maturity and a strong work ethic
  • is willing to commit every Saturday for three years to rigorous college preparation