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Genius has no zip code. Our students are the proof.

"I eventually want to become an anesthesiologist so it’s been really nice to learn what steps I need to take to get there and what colleges will help me achieve my goal."

– Z, Second year mentee and junior at Denver East

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Minds Matter is Expanding Across Colorado!

This time last year, Minds Matter Denver officially changed its name to Minds Matter Colorado as we embarked on a bold venture to expand the program’s success to other cities across the state. We’re now proud to announce that our first ever class outside of Denver is launching on October 5th in Colorado Springs!  Five…

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The Chromebook Challenge – Make a Difference By Helping Our Students Get the Technology They Need to Go to College

For 16 years, Minds Matter Colorado has helped driven and determined high school students get into college with scholarships. This year is no different in that regard — today we’re kicking off our programming with our nearly 200 volunteers and students in Denver this week, and are putting the final touches on our first ever…

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The New Initiatives Being Put in Place to Ensure Lower-Income Students Get a Chance to Attend College

College is typically seen as something only the wealthy can afford, and for the most part, this is true. Consider these figures: 43% of students across the United States come from low-income families. Out of the 43%, the NSC Research Center found that only 56% of these students are likely to enroll in college right after high…

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Genius Has No Zip Code

SIX MINUTE READ THESE ARE OUR MENTEES. A bright young boy, known for laughing while playing soccer at the local field. He’s shy, but he opens up around friends with a big smile that offers a clue into his keen intellect. He’s doing great at school, and harbors a quiet dream to make a great…

Jump-Starting the American Dream

Jump-Starting the American Dream

For the last couple decades social scientists and economists have been asking similar questions but from two different angles. They have wondered why it is becoming increasingly rare to see Americans lift themselves out of poverty. We saw the American Dream come true pretty consistently back in 1940. Back then a son or daughter had…

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What If We Could Make Our Educational System Fair for Everyone?

College graduates are likely to earn almost double the average salary of high school graduates, so making sure every child has an equal chance to walk on graduation day is extremely important for our economy. If kids of low socioeconomic status have less chance to graduate from college, then our society breaks a promise to…

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Minds Matter Senior Spotlight: Ndey

As an organization, we love to shine the light on those who deserve it most — our students. One of our graduating seniors this year, Ndey, began her journey in Gambia and now takes cultural challenges in the United States head-on to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor. She also wants to create a…

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Connecting Teenage Decisions and College Graduation

Last month we wrote about one of the barriers that children from historically disenfranchised backgrounds encounter: the process of enrolling in college. Kids without access to a parent or adult with college experience are often required to perform the leadership and administrative responsibilities of enrollment on their own. For many, these hurdles become insurmountable, so…

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One Reason Lower Income Students Don’t Attend College (And What To Do About It)

The recent college admissions scandal in which wealthy parents of students allegedly bribed and manipulated the admissions system for their children has served as a stark reminder to many people that our educational system can be stacked against children who don’t come from privileged backgrounds. Fortunately, our justice system is working to ensure that the…

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5 Ways to Give Back to Colorado Kids in Need

Of all the ways to give back to the community, giving to children in need is among the best. It has been demonstrated repeatedly that relatively small contributions in childhood can significantly improve the course of that child’s life. It’s really not that hard for us to support children to break the cycle of poverty…