Volunteer from Minds Matter of NYC is Featured on Bravo TV's Tim Gunn's Guide to Style

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Minds Matter of NYC, a non-profit volunteer educational group dedicated to the successes of gifted teenagers, announced today that Diana Hyde will be featured in an episode of Bravo TV's Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. Diana, a Minds Matter volunteer, serves on the organization's board and executive committee. The episode featuring Diana will be broadcast nationally on Thursday, October 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings for encore airings).

Minds Matter of NYC, a non-profit volunteer educational group dedicated to the successes of gifted teenagers, announced today that Diana Hyde will be featured in an episode of Bravo TV's Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. Diana, a Minds Matter volunteer, serves on the organization's board and executive committee. The episode featuring Diana will be broadcast nationally on Thursday, October 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings for encore airings).

Diana submitted herself for Tim Gunn's Guide to Style because she was struggling with too many great clothes in her closet. A confessed shop-a-holic, she reached a point in her life where she wanted to find a defined sense of style within her vast wardrobe. Diana has volunteered with Minds Matter since fall 2000. During her first two years, she served as a mentor to a high school junior and this student graduated from high school with a full scholarship to Boston University. Diana went on to serve as a Senior Team Leader and then a Senior Program Director for two years. The following year she again served as a mentor. Diana is currently in her second year as a Co-Director of the Senior Program and this is her fourth year serving as a Board Member of Minds Matter of NYC. About her experiences with Minds Matter, Diana says "Being a part of Minds Matter is one of the most fulfilling things that I do. The mentees that we work with are inspiring and I can't imagine my Saturdays without them!"

Rissa Durham, Executive Director of Minds Matter of NYC says that "Diana has distinguished herself among a group of incredibly dedicated volunteers. She inspires other volunteers with her passion for Minds Matter, and she is an incredible role model for all of our students. Her positive energy is contagious and helps motivate our students to take on challenges and go after their college dreams."

Minds Matter of NYC will host a viewing party on October 30 that will also serve as a fundraiser. Volunteers and friends of Minds Matter will gather to screen the episode of Tim Gunn's Guide to Style that features volunteer Diana Hyde and will charge admission with all funds going to Minds Matter of NYC.

About Minds Matter of NYC, Inc.
Since 1991, Minds Matter of NYC, Inc. has provided New York City teenagers with educational opportunities that surpass their dreams. For more than a decade, Minds Matter has helped hard-working high school students gain acceptance to top-tier summer college programs and four-year colleges and universities. During weekly mentoring sessions, Minds Matter volunteers help students navigate the college application process by cracking the SATs, polishing writing and speaking skills, demystifying financial aid, and building confidence levels-all while forming lasting friendships. The results? First generation college students attending Ivy League institutions, SAT score improvements of 100 points or more, beaming parents, and proud volunteers with a sense of purpose in this hectic, fast-paced city. Minds Matter is a group of young professionals who seek to participate in a program which is educationally-focused and goal-oriented, yet geared toward fostering lasting, personal relationships with their students.

Minds Matter mentors not only guide students through the application process, but also provide a deep level of commitment and encouragement. Students are not the only group that benefits from the Minds Matter program. Mentors also find relationship building with both mentees and other volunteers satisfying and rewarding. Few mentoring programs address the needs of talented students who lack the resources to realize their full potential. Minds Matter fills this often overlooked void by providing a foundation of support, encouragement and academic enrichment for its students.

For more information, please visit the Minds Matter Website at http://mindsmatter.org/chapter_nyc.asp

Contact: Justin Holden / Lauren Mon
Phone: 617-257-8761
E-mail: justinholden@gmail.com / laurenamon@yahoo.com

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