We are
Minds Matter Cleveland

Minds Matter connects driven and determined students from low-income families with the people, preparation, and possibilities to succeed in college, create their future, and change the world.

Our students are a part of a supportive community that provides an intensive level of supports to ensure students are prepare to get to and through college.


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

We know it's access, not ability, that limits college opportunities for low-income students.  Minds Matter equips high school students with the tools to gain acceptance to and graduate from their best-fit, four-year university by providing critical resources - including mentoring, tutoring, ACT test preparation, summer academic programs, and scholarship application assistance - to ensure both college access and success. We introduce students 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

  • 63% of our students are admitted to Barron's Most, Highly, or Very Competitive schools.
  • Our students have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • Through participation in our program, students see a 45 percentile point average increase in ACT score.

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

What People Are Saying

Anthony | Minds Matter Cleveland 2016 | Wesleyan University 2020

"Minds Matter has had a tremendous impact on me. Without the support, financially and academically, I wouldn't have been 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."

Ben | Minds Matter Cleveland 2018 | Vassar College 2022

"Without the ACT prep and support provided by Minds Matter, there's no way I could have gotten a score of 31 on the ACT. Minds Matter has also really helped me come out of my shell. After three years in the program I've learned how to confidently interact with just about anyone."

Renee Minds Matter Cleveland 2016 | Miami University 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."

Are you ready to get involved?

Are you interested in being a student, volunteer, or sponsor? We look forward to hearing from you!