Jennifer Hwang is a Program Director in our Sophomore Mentoring Program. She spoke with us about her experience and what Minds Matter means to her.
How did you hear about Minds Matter?
I had just moved to NYC from California and was actively looking for opportunities to volunteer and meet new people. One of my friends was a Team Leader at the time and was fortunately looking for a new mentor to add to her team. I was really excited to join (especially after learning more about Minds Matter and its mission) and told her to sign me up!!
How long have you been involved and in what roles?
I’ve been involved with Minds Matter for four years. I was a mentor and then stepped up as a Program Director.
What’s your favorite part of Minds Matter?
Minds Matter has a solid group of people – mentees and mentors alike. The mentees are incredibly bright and ambitious, and have gone through a rigorous process to take part in Minds Matter. They show up every Saturday with great attitudes and it is very fulfilling to support them on their journeys through high school and applying for college. The mentors are all community-minded, especially since they are dedicating their weekend mornings to volunteer with MM. Every single person you talk to in this organization has such a unique story and set of experiences, and that diversity of thought and quality of people are the key reasons I’m grateful to have found this community in NYC.
What does Minds Matter mean to you?
MM is community.