Minds Matter sessions take place every Saturday throughout the entire school year. For every mentee, there are two dedicated young professional mentors. During sessions, a primary focus has been to prepare them for future success through the development of relevant skills outside of school. The extracurricular programs have included SAT prep, resume writing, college application prep, public speaking, writing professional emails, how to form arguments, knowledge of current affairs, financial literacy, and career fairs. Minds Matter also covers the cost of tuition for all mentees to attend pre-college programs every summer.
Patrick has been leading the coordination of sessions for the Sophmores, and will be working on the development of programs for the Junior class this year. In addition to preparing mentees for college entry, the Minds Matter program is also designed to equip young people with important skills for success in life. During our chat, Patrick shared some great insights with me on this matter:
Demonstrating PotentialParticipating in a mentorship program builds a mentee’s discipline and long term potentials.
● The MMSF mentees come into the program as highly motivated individuals with good GPAs and good work ethics.
● Attendance builds discipline. By dedicating every Saturday to MMSF, the mentees have demonstrated motivation and interests in their futures.
● A great percentage of the mentees are first generation immigrants who will become the first one in their families to attend college.
● The mentees are very empathetic. Coming from low-income backgrounds makes them want to help others and do good for society.
Practicing IndependencePre-college experiences expose mentees to new social contexts and future career possibilities.
● Pre-college exposes the mentees to different social networks
● They start sharpening their goals and start thinking about their futures
● Mentees come back with more confidence in themselves
● Mentees learn to be resourceful during their time in pre-college programs
● They grow in maturity and start to present themselves professionally
Role Models as CheerleadersDedicated mentors are cheerleaders who motivate mentees to strive for the best.
● Mentees applied to good summer programs because mentors pushed them
● “My mentor works at Google. So I want to work at Google.”
● Mentors are positive and show the mentees that they care
● Mentors help mentees expand their horizons and open up doors