096: Preparing Low-Income High School Students for College — Minds Matter with Hannah Patridge

Hannah Patridge is the Development Associate for the New York City Chapter at Minds Matter. Minds Matter currently has 13 chapters all over the US, including in Rob’s backyard, San Francisco, California. Minds Matter was first founded in New York City in 1991 by six Wall Street professionals who understood the gap in low-income student achievement is not one of intelligence, but resources. Hannah discusses her work at Minds Matter and how you can help too!

Key Takeaways:

[3:20] Minds Matter started in NYC, but they have 13 chapters all over the US.

[3:50] What is Minds Matter?

[6:40] Most of Hannah’s students are first generation college students.

[8:15] This is a three year program. Students are expected to attend every Saturday for three years.

[8:50] How do Hannah and her team find qualified students?

[10:00] For the NYC chapter, Hannah is expecting to take in about 200 new students.

[14:40] How does Minds Matter  vet their volunteers?

[19:15] There is a real need for a program like this. In fact, Hannah has had to turn qualified students away because Minds Matter has reached full capacity and does not have enough funding to support more students.

[20:55] Why did the founders choose this cause (college access) out of all the others?

[24:30] It is Hannah and her team’s goal to serve 300 students by the year 2020.

[27:55] A lot of these students are not aware of the various job opportunities that they can have, which is why taking trips to college campuses has been hugely beneficial to them.

[30:30] On average, Hannah’s students raise their SAT scores by 200 points.

[34:15] Corporations are getting a lot more involved in charities, especially with the rise of corporate awareness of social responsibilities.

[37:20] Minds Matter really values corporations that support volunteerism and is making collaborations with them bit by bit.

[41:40] As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to transform somebody’s life.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Giving Back Podcast

Minds Matter

Hannah on LinkedIn

Resilient Coders

Year Up


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