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Minnesota Math Corps
Anna Peters, Recruitment & Outreach Manager
A Winning Equation
Achievement in early math is a great predictor of future success. In fact, 90 percent of sixth graders who fail math will not graduate from high school.
Right now, nearly 12,000 Minnesota eighth graders are failing algebra. By applying a proven model for student success, Minnesota Math Corps, ServeMinnesota’s newest initiative, is changing outcomes for fourth through eighth graders who are struggling in math. More than 50 percent of participants, all of whom had failed their previous year’s math exams, have now passed grade-level assessments.
Essential qualifications to participate in the Minnesota Math Corps:
Individuals must be 17 years of age or older (no upper age limit!), be a citizen, national or lawful permanent resident and have a High School Diploma or equivalent. We also require that applicants meet program eligibility criteria which include completing a math proficiency test and having a satisfactory response to a criminal background check. We prefer college coursework, higher education degree, or experience working with children and/or college coursework, higher education degree, or experience working with mathematics.
Top reasons that members like serving in the Minnesota Math Corps:
- Seeing students faces light up when they finally “get it” and understand a math concept
- Helping students become confident in their math abilities and themselves
- Experience in an elementary school and/or junior high school setting
- The chance to really make a difference in the life of a child
Minnesota Math Corps is a strategic initiative of ServeMinnesota.