Who Are We?
Minds on Math is a registered charity that operates as a drop-in centre, offering free lessons and tutoring to marginalized elementary-aged school children focused primarily on Mathematics. Our program is labelled 'Drop-in' to encourage students to be advocates for their own progress and learning rather than be forced to participate. Activities conducted during each session, however, are thoughtfully structured and often relate to particular STEM concepts each week. These lessons are provided through collaboration between local school board-certified teachers, industry professionals, and university student volunteers. We also explore and create opportunities for high school and intermediate students to demonstrate leadership abilities in the community.
It is widely accepted that math is a gateway to success, described by researchers as the 'K-12 pipeline'. Access to this gateway is extremely limited for racialized students. Minds on Math wish to break the cycle of the disenfranchised. We are dedicated to meeting the needs, and increasing the academic achievement of each student. We aspire to close identified achievement gaps, enhance confidence, increase cultural awareness, and mathematical relevance. We aim to address the overall wellbeing of our future community leaders.
Our society can no longer ignore the systemic injustices and inequities that people of colour face daily in numerous sectors, one of which is education. Institutional change is necessary, especially for our Black and Indigenous youth. However, we must also take measures today to address the imminent need to reduce risk factors for students. As a grassroots organization, our primary objectives are outlined more in detail below:
Minds on Math strives to increase access to educational resources, and instruction by providing instructional seminars on mathematical topics and applications in fun, creative and engaging ways. These methods include but are not limited to the integration of math within the performing arts and visual arts.
While providing needed academic enrichment, Our seminars and events also promote cultural and social awareness. We work to combat disengagement and juvenile delinquency, in addition to promoting self-confidence, life skills, and a growth mindset in impoverished, and underprivileged youth in this supervised setting.
We also provide a crucial opportunity for educators to delve deeper into the lives of their students. Understanding students' backgrounds, cultures, circumstances, and barriers will help to reduce teacher bias and poor assumptions and also promote student achievement and success.
Throughout all our programming, we aim to promote a Growth Mindset in youth that encourages students to engage with challenging situations.
These lessons, however, are also transferable beyond the classroom and into the community. We aim to assist both the youth and adults alike to approach their community with the same mindset, to problem solve, and to become agents of change in their neighbourhoods.
Minds on Math will also work to establish and maintain the facility as a safe space where all the children can develop their mathematical identity and find new ways to incorporate math into their communities.