History & Mission

Math Corps Mission

The mission of the Math Corps is to empower and inspire children from under-served communities – through the teaching of mathematics and the fostering of self-worth, strong values and a sense of family – to build good lives for themselves and a more just society for all. 

The goal of the Math Corps then, is to ensure that every child, while cared for and supported in the present, goes on to graduate high school, fully prepared to succeed in college or other rewarding endeavor.

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

Now, what began nearly 30 years ago as a humanitarian effort to simply help some kids in need, has become a nationally recognized program, serving over 400 middle and high school students per year in Detroit and over 1,000 other students in replicated sites in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Utica NY, Ann Arbor MI, and soon in Pontiac, MI and, through Spelman College, in Atlanta.    

In 2018, Math Corps created its own 501c3 charitable non-profit organization to guide the expansion of the program, provide business tools and help raise the funds necessary to be nationally sustainable.