History & Mission

Math Corps Mission

The mission of the Math Corps is to be that caring community. We provide them with the care, love, and support that all kids need in the moment, and empower them with the kinds of educational and lifetime opportunities that lead to bright futures and the good and decent lives that all kids deserve.

Math Corps History

Started in 1992 at Wayne State University, Math Corps is a nationally recognized mathematics enrichment and mentoring program for middle school students.

We educate students through group learning, exploration, and discovery in a culture of high standards and expectations. Middle and high school students come together with college students to learn mathematics from each other and interact with professional mathematicians in a university setting. Through strong mentoring relationships, this corps of students passes their knowledge and the values of kindness, integrity, and courage on to younger students who in turn do the same.

At its core, the Math Corps is about loving kids – always putting kids first and wanting all good things for them, now and in the future – and believing in kids; holding to the unwavering belief that all children have a unique and special greatness within them and that, through hard work and the support of a caring family or community, that greatness can be realized.

Math Corps Today

In 2019, we have created Math Corps National, a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization, to guide the expansion of the program, provide the business tools necessary, and help raise the funds needed to be nationally sustainable.

Diversity & Inclusion

At Math Corps, supporting diversity and inclusion is at the core of our mission. Our commitment is woven into our philosophy, principles, and practices. Our teachings are led by the simple but incredibly powerful message, that every child – and by extension, every one of us – is unique, beautiful, and irreplaceable. We embrace the full spectrum of humanity, regardless of what we look like, where we come from, who we worship, how old we are, or who we love. That means each of us must play a role to advance our mission. For some of us, it means summoning the courage to stand up and speak out, sharing opinions or experiences. For others it means listening with patience and empathy, creating an environment conducive to dialogue. For all of us, it means asking questions, respecting answers, and being open to fresh perspectives. Most importantly, it means appreciating one another’s contributions, both to our Math Corps family, and to the better and more just world we are working to build.