Minds Matter Open House

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Greetings! It is that time of the year again.  Spring is in the air and we, at Minds Matter, are starting the process of recruiting students for our fall class. Minds Matter of Cleveland will be holding an Open House on April 5 at the Sherwin-Williams Corporate Headquarters at 11:30 a.m. and hope that you can make it. Please encourage all qualified students and their families to attend. You are also welcome to share this invitation with other school staff, other leads or other interested, qualified students.

We consider rising sophomore students with a GPA of 3.0 or above and demonstrated financial need. The application will be available online in the next week and the application deadline is April 30, 2014.

Lastly, we are asking students, parents and/or school staff who are interested in attending this open house to RSVP to our online invitation or to e-mail mindsmatterstudentaffairs@gmail.com. We would like to ensure we have enough materials and refreshments for our guests.

For additional information on Minds Matter, please visit:  (http://www.mindsmattercleveland.org/admissions/) and (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xqz3phaVNU).

I look forward to hearing from you! Also, please feel free to reach me with any questions you might have.

Best,

Kimberly

Attend the KeyBank Young Professionals Fundraiser

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Join Minds Matter and the KeyBank Young Professionals at Barley House on Friday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. The KeyBank Young Professionals are hosting the evening to benefit Minds Matter of Cleveland. $25 at the door includes beverages and light appetizers, with $12 from each ticket going toward our organization.

This is a great way to mingle with fellow volunteers outside of session and meet other young professionals from the greater Cleveland area.

To RSVP for the evening, please visit our event page. Guests are welcome. Please spread the word!

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David Boone Jr. Announces Speaking Tour

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David Boone Jr.

David Boone Jr., a member of the Minds Matter Cleveland Class of 2012, has announced that he is launching his own speaking tour this spring. Boone is currently a sophomore at Harvard University. His goal is to motivate people to seize the opportunities that come their way:

Over the next semester I will be planning a speech campaign: ”One Opportunity is Enough,” speaking to students, educators and policy makers about what we can do to change the world around us. One of the most powerful choices we are given is that of conviction, but sometimes we only get one shot to act on it. What will you do when your opportunity comes knocking? If you are interested in having me speak at your event please use the contact form below.

To learn more about David’s speech campaign or if you would like to contact David about speaking at an event, visit his website www.davidboonejr.com.

Joyce Ivy Foundation and Minds Matter Cleveland Announce Partnership

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New Partnership Will Expand Summer Scholarship Opportunities for Ohio High School Students

ANN ARBOR, MI, January 10, 2014 – The Joyce Ivy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the academic advancement of high-potential young women, today 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.

“This partnership has enormous potential,” said S. Caroline Kerr, CEO of the Joyce Ivy Foundation. “We have received applications from Minds Matter Cleveland students over the years and several of them have been named Joyce Ivy Summer Scholars. This new partnership will allow us to accelerate the impact of our overlapping work and expand opportunities for young women from the Cleveland area.”

The Cleveland chapter of the national Minds Matter organization was founded in 2008. Minds Matter Cleveland provides academic support to high-potential high school students from low-income families to achieve academic excellence and gain admission to selective colleges and universities. Minds Matter Cleveland also provides financial support for its students to participate pre-college enrichment programs throughout the nation and internationally.

Minds Matter Cleveland is a volunteer driven organization with 184 active volunteers serving 66 students.  Since its inception, 100 percent of Minds Matter Cleveland students who have completed the program have gained acceptance to a four-year college or university.

“This partnership provides an excellent opportunity to expand access for Minds Matter Cleveland students to some of the best pre-college summer enrichment programs,” said Matthew Koepke, Vice President of Summer Programs at Minds Matter Cleveland.  “College summer programs have played an important role in stimulating our students’ intellectual curiosity and preparing them for college.  Through this partnership, the Joyce Ivy Foundation will be providing tremendous support to our students in helping them attend these valuable programs.”

“This partnership represents a high impact model for advancing the mission of Midwest philanthropists and organizations with a specific interest in creating educational opportunities,” said Sherryl A. Fletcher, Executive Vice President of Program Development and Advancement at the Joyce Ivy Foundation. “The Minds Matter Cleveland organization has a stellar history with talented high schools students and this partnership will expand access to highly selective colleges and universities.”

The application for the 2014 Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars program is currently available through the Foundation’s website: www.joyceivyfoundation.org.

About The Joyce Ivy Foundation

The Joyce Ivy Foundation seeks to provide exposure, encouragement, counsel, financial assistance, and employment support to young women who have the academic, intellectual, and leadership potential to attend the nation’s most selective institutions of higher education. Funding for the Joyce Ivy Foundation is provided by individuals, other foundations, and corporations. In 2013, the Foundation named 79 young women from Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota as Joyce Ivy Scholars, providing scholarships for them to attend summer educational programs at 11 partner colleges and universities. For more information, please visit www.joyceivyfoundation.org or contact the Joyce Ivy Foundation at info@joyceivyfoundation.org or (734) 661-0229.

About Minds Matter Cleveland

The Cleveland chapter of Minds Matter provides academic support and mentorship to high-acheiving high school students from low-income families.  Minds Matter Cleveland is a three-year college preparatory program that seeks to improve its students’ academic preparedness for college through a combination of academic tutoring, mentorship, and participation in pre-college summer enrichment programs at a prestigious college or university.  Since 2008, students who have completed the Minds Matter program have gone on to gain acceptance to a four-year college or university.  To learn more about Minds Matter Cleveland, visit www.mindsmattercleveland.org.

Source: The Joyce Ivy Foundation

Minds Matter of Cleveland to Host Inaugural Fundraising Gala at Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum

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CLEVELAND, OHIO, Aug. 25, 2013 – Area non-profit Minds Matter of Cleveland will be hosting its inaugural fundraising gala, Discovery Night, on Oct. 12, 2013, at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in the University Circle.

Tickets for the evening start at $200 and sponsorship is available at $3000 per table. Additionally, those unable to attend are welcome to donate. You can purchase your tickets or make a contribution here.

Keeping the theme of “Discover Cleveland,” guests of the evening will have the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the museum just before cocktails and dinner in the Crawford Rotunda, which overlooks more than 150 automobiles and airplanes collected throughout five decades of Cleveland history.

We are delighted to honor The Sherwin-Williams Company as our 2013 Partner of the Year. Sherwin-Williams has been a generous supporter of the organization over the last 6 years with the donation of meeting space, over $50,000 in grant support and countless volunteer hours.

Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and tour of the museum start at 6:30.  Dinner will follow at 7:30. The evening will conclude with a silent and live auction with items donated by local businesses, hotels and airlines. Proceeds from the event will benefit Minds Matter programing to continue their efforts of helping students from low income families achieve academic excellence and gain admission to leading colleges. With a 100-percent success rate since the Cleveland chapter was founded in 2008, Minds Matter has helped improve the test scores, and increase average SAT scores by 350 points, of more than 200 students in the greater Cleveland area.

For more information, please contact Minds Matter at MindsMatterofCleveland@gmail.com.

Minds Matter Cleveland Graduates 11 Seniors

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After three years of hard work, countless college applications and more than 100 hours of test prep, 11 of Northeast Ohio’s brightest seniors celebrate their high school graduations

CLEVELAND, April 22, 2013 – On Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Minds Matter Cleveland will celebrate the graduation of 11 area high school seniors. The graduation ceremony will take place at Case Western Reserve University’s Strosacker Auditorium, located at 2125 Adelbert Rd., Cleveland, OH, 44106.

Commencement ceremonies allow participants to reflect on their educational efforts and acknowledge all of the hard work and sleepless nights leading up to this point. The 11 graduates listed below know firsthand that the road to graduation can be demanding and taxing, but the reward is sweet. Join Minds Matter Cleveland in honoring and celebrating the countless achievements of class of 2013.

Graduates of the Minds Matter Cleveland Class of 2013 are as follows:

  • Kivon Campbell, John Hay School of Architecture & Design (CMSD)
  • Rachel Essel, Euclid
  • Chanse Gvist, Berea
  • Candice Hammond, Berea
  • Javier Hernandez, John Hay School of Architecture & Design
  • Keihen Kitchen, MC^2 STEM (CMSD)
  • Marchele Lilly, MC^2
  • Tyonna Masten, John Hay School of Architecture & Design
  • Emily Truong, Berea
  • Aminah Vargas, Cleveland School of the Arts
  • Shelby Vest, St. Martin De Porres

Minds Matter Cleveland is proud to have made the journey with these exceptional students from sophomore year to graduation. Minds Matter provides academic instruction, test prep tutors, mentors and financing for summer programs in an effort to prepare students for the biggest opportunity of all, attending the college of their choice. Minds Matter wishes these seniors continued success as they take the next step in their academic endeavors.

Emma Fischer is a Finalist in PF Magazine

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Emma Fischer, one of our juniors, is one of the finalists in Photographers Forum Magazine’s “Best of College and High School Photography Contest.” Emma’s photo, below, was chosen among 16,700 entries. She will be published in a hardcover book called “Best of College and High School Photography 2013.” This book will be distributed in June. Congrats, Emma!

Original photo by Emma Fischer

Original photo by Emma Fischer

Diamond Johnson will Participate in the Disney Dreamer’s Academy Class of 2013

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Diamond Johnson, a Minds Matter junior, was selected into Steve Harvey’s Disney Dreamer’s Academy class of 2013. The Disney Dreamer’s Academy works to inspire, motivate and empower youth as they embark on a journey to a full future of promise and endless possibility. Only 100 students were selected out of a national pool of applicants.
Read more about the Disney Dreamer’s Academy at My Disney Discovery.

Meet the Mission Accepted bloggers

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As we told you earlier this year, our own Emily Truong has been selected as a blogger for Huffington Post’s “Mission Accepted” series. She and three other Minds Matter seniors from fellow chapters will be documenting their journey through the college acceptance process. We are so excited they are able to share this experience with the world and we are proud of all they’ve accomplished.

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Via Huffington Post:

“College admissions.” If hearing these two words doesn’t send a sudden, involuntarily shudder through your body, you’re definitely not a high school student right now. And when you get to senior year, every week seems like a new obstacle course filled with different checklists, meetings, forms and due dates — and this is on top of the pesky day-to-day schoolwork you have to do to actually graduate.

Despite the best intentions of the adults in your life to help you figure it all out — from your parents to your high school guidance counselor to the stacks of SAT books you have at your desk at home — it can be hard to know exactly how you’re supposed to feel about the whirlwind of confusion, stress and excitement that goes along with figuring out the post-high school “future.” That’s where our series Mission: Accepted comes in.

Last year, HuffPost Teen introduced you to three high school seniors, selected by Minds Matter — a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping high-achieving students from low-income families — who documented the monthly ups and downs of the college admissions process for us. Our bloggers explained how to navigate financial aid, essays, school visits, and, when the letters finally came, how they felt about their acceptances and rejections. Jada, David, and Jennifer gave us an intimate look into the anxieties they felt, and how they overcame them over the course of a year, as they completed their mission: to end up at the college of their choice.

Now that a new school year has begun, we’re continuing the Mission: Accepted journey on HuffPost Teen with four new amazing high school seniors: Anangie, Toshe, Alberto, and Emily.