Minds Matter Students

BW and Minds Matter of Cleveland join forces to provide summer experience for high-performing students from low-income backgrounds.

‘Minds Matter’ High School Scholars to Take Deep Dive into College Life at BW

August 5, 2015

Minds Matter Students

Minds Matter of Cleveland, a 100 percent volunteer-run nonprofit organization, is forging a new partnership with Baldwin Wallace University to provide a shared, immersive summer experience for enrolled students following their sophomore year of high school.

Minds Matter of Cleveland provides intensive academic programming, ACT test preparation, college admissions counseling and mentoring services to high-performing high school students from low-income backgrounds on the path to college enrollment.

Three-year Program to Include Early Deep Dive at BW

Students from Cleveland Municipal and First-Ring school districts who enroll in the Minds Matter program spend three years completing rigorous academic coursework, working with dedicated young professional mentors, and receiving expert guidance on the college admissions process during intensive five-hour sessions every Saturday during the school year. Minds Matter also fully funds each student's attendance at summer academic immersion programs at leading universities.

Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, Minds Matter of Cleveland students will take their initial deep dive into the college experience together, on BW’s Berea campus. BW’s Honors Program Director, Dr. Amy Story, is designing the two-week, residential, summer enrichment program with a number of objectives.

“Our goal is to build community, as well as confidence, enthusiasm, and preparation for future college application and admission, while enhancing the proven curriculum of Minds Matter,” said Story. “This will be a hands-on, engaging program that will include experiences like fieldwork in the Metroparks with biology faculty, time in the lab with chemistry faculty, use of the BW Observatory, and creative experiences in studio art, theater, music and writing.”

Story says the program also will take advantage of Northeast Ohio’s rich cultural offerings with trips to museums and performances, and will include participation in service and leadership-building activities.

Supporting the Goal of Common Culture and Community

Students will continue to be enrolled independently in summer college programs around the country following their junior years, but the consolidation for the first summer makes sense according to Minds Matter of Cleveland’s President, Brent Shelley.

“Partnering with BW to provide our students this uniform college immersion experience strongly supports our goals of developing a common culture and community among our students, and allows us to help shape their first summer program experience to best prepare them for the rigors and opportunities of higher education,” said Shelley. “It also allows us to devote our time during each student’s sophomore year to fully developing our students as future college scholars and community leaders, including the refinement of interview and resume-building skills and exploration of possible career goals and opportunities.”

The Cleveland chapter of Minds Matter, established by BW graduates Michael Lagoni ’06, Kristen San Marco ’06 and Meghan Pethtel ’07 in 2008, is fueled entirely by 200 volunteers and donations from individuals and the region’s leading companies and foundations.

About Minds Matter of Cleveland

Minds Matter LogoMinds Matter of Cleveland is a chapter of the national Minds Matter organization. Minds Matter was founded 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 12 cities, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. More information on how to get involved or donate is available at www.mindsmattercleveland.org.