Minds Matter of Cleveland is a chapter of the national Minds Matter organization. Since its founding in New York City in 1991, the effectiveness of Minds Matter has been affirmed – 100 percent of its students have been accepted into a four-year college. The organization has expanded to 11 cities, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.
The Cleveland chapter established a strong organization since its founding in 2008. Our students made substantial improvements in their writing and critical thinking, math and SAT scores. Equally important is that 100 percent of our students gained admission to leading college summer programs. Operationally, the organization exceeded all of its goals by enrolling more students, recruiting more volunteers and raising more funds than initially planned.
Building upon this foundation of success, we expanded the organization. In September of 2014, we launched our seventh year of programming with 63 students and 200 volunteers!
The Joyce Ivy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the academic advancement of high-potential young women, recently announced a new partnership with Minds Matter Cleveland. The partnership will provide jointly funded scholarships for talented female Minds Matter Cleveland students to participate in summer academic programs at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Brown University, Cornell University, Emory University, Barnard College, Smith College, or Washington University in St. Louis as Joyce Ivy Foundation/Minds Matter Cleveland Summer Scholars.
The Joyce Ivy Foundation is the leading provider of summer academic scholarships in the Midwest. To date, the Foundation has named over 300 Summer Scholars from the states of Ohio, Michigan, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Summer Scholars participate in pre-college summer academic programs at partner colleges and universities, typically following their sophomore or junior year of high school. The Joyce Ivy Foundation named 79 Scholars in 2013 and expects to expand the number of Summer Scholars in 2014, in part through new partnerships with other foundations and organizations, including the new partnership with Minds Matter Cleveland.
To learn more about the Joyce Ivy Foundation partnership, click here.