A Letter from Program Director, Wayne Wischmann

Written by Minds Matter Portland on November 29th, 2014. Posted in MM Portland

The 2014-2015 school year has begun with 48 high-achieving students from 14 different high schools in the Portland Metro area. Minds Matter of Portland is marching forward in another year of filling an important role of offering educational opportunities to kids from underprivileged backgrounds. This year we are excited to have a new sophomore starting class of eighteen students—up from our previous limit of fifteen. Our hope is to register twenty incoming sophomores for the 2015-2016 school year—another step toward our goal of reaching a total enrollment of sixty kids per year.

Wayne and John Henry 2013 GraduationMinds Matter of Portland continues to accomplish our vision of 100% acceptance rates into 4-year colleges and universities with little to no financial debt. The 2014 school year ended with us sending 15 kids to colleges across the nation. From Pacific Lutheran University all the way to Union College in New York, our alumni are taking over the nation with their dynamic and intelligent minds. This year will be no different as we work hard to send another group of seniors off to college.

The students have had a busy year so far working tirelessly on SAT/ACT prep, college essays and applications, while finding the time to maintain their grades and social lives in high school. Our students receive tutoring, mentoring, and college counseling with the ultimate focus on “the road to college.” In the coming months our sophomores and juniors will continue their search for the perfect pre-college summer program, while our seniors push to finalize applications and prepare for financial aid and scholarship searches in the Spring. One of our favorite days coming up in December is our annual “Reindeer Games,” a day filled with team-building games, laughs, and lots of fun! This is a chance for all our volunteers and students to work together, get to know each other across all class levels, and a great reward for the hard work they have been putting in so far this year.

We cannot reach these goals without the support of over 100 volunteers who devote 26 Saturdays every school year to the development of these kids! We are also immensely grateful for the generous support we receive from grants, corporate and individual donors. The community plays a large role as well, with the Self-Enhancement Institute offering us the use of their facilities, and local businesses such as Qdoba, Elephants Deli, and Panda Express granting us discounts so we can fuel our students every week. Minds Matter of Portland has a simple goal of getting students to college, and we appreciate all the support along the way.

 

Sincerely,

Wayne Wischmann

Program Director

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