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Fall 2016 Progress Report

Minds Matter Washington D.C. Sends Students to Prestigious Summer Programs

New York, NY – March 30, 2016 – Minds Matter Washington, D.C. is sending its first class of students to summer programs this year. Several students have already gained acceptance to prestigious programs at Harvard Medical School via the National Student Leadership Conference, Cornell and Carnegie Mellon.


Minds Matter is an intensive three-year academic and mentoring program that transforms the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families. Minds Matter students attend academic or cultural summer programs following their sophomore and/or junior years of high school. Students’ volunteer mentors guide them through the program selection and application process. Minds Matter students often receive partial scholarships to attend these programs, and Minds Matter pays for remaining costs.


Summer programs are intended to help students retain and build on academics as well as to develop strengths around non-cognitive skills. Ellen Magnis, Executive Director of the national office of Minds Matter, notes, “Many Minds Matter students are the first in their families to attend college. Across the country, about 90% of our students are students of color; 70% are female. Most of these students come from families earning less than $24,000 annually. The summer program experience is game changing for these kids. These program give students a wonderful opportunity to understand that they belong on a college campus, and to know firsthand what they are working towards in their college preparation.”


Minds Matter Washington, D.C. is serving its first class of students this year. The chapter will soon accept its next class of sophomores for Fall 2016.


“I am so proud to be part of this program that changes the trajectory of the lives of our students,” says Jonathan Schwebel, President of Minds Matter, D.C., “We are grateful to so many who have come forward in partnership with us as we get this important program started in our community, especially Hogan Lovells, our partner providing space for our sessions, and the generous individual donors/philanthropists in the DC area who have a clear investment in the success of DC students, and who have given this organization its wings to get off the ground.”


About Minds Matter
Minds Matter transforms the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. Through a highly selective and rigorous 3-year academic mentoring program, Minds Matter students accomplish the extraordinary. 100% of Minds Matter program graduates are accepted into a four-year college. More than 70% of them attend some of our nation’s more selective colleges. Powered by 1,900 volunteers nationwide, Minds Matter Chapters are located in 13 cities across the country. The national office of Minds Matter is located in Manhattan.

Minds Matter Selected as 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ 2016 U.S. Beneficiary

March 3, 2016 – Press Release


New York, NY – March 3, 2016 – 100 Women in Hedge Funds (www.100womeninhedgefunds.org) today announces Minds Matter National, Inc. as the beneficiary of its U.S. philanthropic activities in 2016, including the 15th Annual Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street to be held on November 9, 2016 and other fundraisers. 100 Women in Hedge Funds (“100WHF”) is a global, practitioner-driven non-profit organization serving more than 13,000 alternative investment management investors and professionals through educational, professional leverage and philanthropic initiatives. To date, 100WHF has raised $38 million (gross) for charitable causes.


Minds Matter National, Inc. has a comprehensive and highly-successful three-year program that empowers high school students from low-income families to achieve college readiness and success. Minds Matter provides tutoring, mentoring and enrichment experiences that prepare students for bright futures, and achieves a 100% college acceptance rate for its students at quality institutions across the country. Funds will be utilized to grow and support summer programs in existing Minds Matter chapters and grow the organization’s national infrastructure and expansion to reach additional students.


100 Women in Hedge Funds’ mission was established on three core pillars: Education, Peer Leverage and Philanthropy. 100WHF’s philanthropic mission is to leverage its members’ collective abilities and expertise in order to give back to the global community among three annually rotating themes: Education, Mentoring, and Women’s and Family Health. This year’s global theme is Mentoring.


“Students participating in the Minds Matter program are equipped to succeed in college and beyond thanks to the intensive training in writing, critical thinking and math that helps them prepare for and transcend the college test preparation and application process. Analysis and communication are the basis for professional achievement in any field, which is why 100 Women in Hedge Funds is delighted to support Minds Matter and the outstanding impact of its three-year program for promising high school students,” said Lauren Malafronte, 100WHF Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Managing Director, Prime Services, Scotiabank.


“We are so humbled and grateful for the opportunity to work with 100 Women in Hedge Funds to take Minds Matter to the next level. Every day, we are deeply honored to help students change the trajectories of their lives. We look forward to providing even more students the support they need to uncover their potential, which we know will affect generations to follow in ways we can only begin to imagine,” said Ellen Magnis, Executive Director, Minds Matter.


100WHF is planning a number of fundraising events in locations across the U.S. this year. Firms and individuals interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, purchasing tables for the New York Gala on November 9, 2016, or making a donation, please click here or email the New York Gala committee.