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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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An Unbiased Assessment of Full-Time Kindergarten in Colorado

In January, Colorado Governor Jared Polis requested special funding for full-time kindergarten to be taken out of the unexpected tax gains in 2018. His proposal has generated a lot of discussion in the weeks since the announcement. Some feel that the price of such a service would be too large for the state to support…

Women in Education

Top Ten Most Influential Women in American Education

  Meet 10 women who have changed — and continue to change — one of the most important disciplines in our country. These women helped bring education to historically disenfranchised groups by attaining powerful positions and pushing forward, often against resistance. We are inspired seeing how far these women have come and how much many…

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Equity in Education: How Colorado can keep the American Dream alive for the next generation

Politics today has polarized Coloradans, yet most of us agree that every child should have the opportunity to reach his/her potential regardless of ethnicity, race, or socioeconomic background. Despite differing circumstances, children deserve a chance. But when kids of color and those from low-socioeconomic situations are faced with ever growing adversity, and when social mobility…

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Lucero Montoya-Lopez Speech

This Lucero Montoya-Lopez speech for mentorship and Minds Matter of Denver is an inspiring account of high achievers from low income neighborhoods reach college. Want to mentor someone just like her? Begin the conversation here. 

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Nesrela Kemal Speech

An inspiring speech by Nesrela at Casino Night 2018. Want to mentor someone just like him? Begin the conversation here. 

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What Makes Mentorships Work

Here is a great post excerpted from First Round: “When First Round launched its Mentorship Program in 2016, we didn’t know what to expect. We’d heard from a number of people in our community that mentorship remained an elusive, missing piece in their careers. Younger people said it was intimidating and difficult to find a…

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Stories That Matter: Julia & Dunya

Minds Matter is a program that has a lasting impact on both students and mentors Take a look at Julia & Dunya. Theirs is one of many stories that matter every day in the lives of both students and mentors in our program. This story begins when Dunya arrived to the United States from Ethiopia…

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Pictures Worth a 1000 Posts

Every Monday night the magic happens for Minds Matter Denver at West High and two other locations. This is one instance where a blog post cannot do justice to the pictures. Take a minute and mosey over to our Facebook page to look at all the stars.

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What Minds Matter Does. In A Minute.

Savinay explains what Minds Matter Denver does in exactly 60 seconds, which is no small feat.

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Cold Brew Goes With …

So there is a new commercial out for Verizon that makes really dumb analogies about how certain things go together. They do, however, have a point. Minds Matter Denver has a simple mission–to prove that Genius has no zip code and that people from even the humblest origins can skyrocket to the top of society.…