MVCC Math Corps is a combined academic enrichment and mentoring program that brings middle and high school students from the greater Utica area together with college students to learn mathematics from each other, as well as to interact with professional mathematicians in a university setting. We are a branch of Wayne State University’s Math Corps program, seeking to replicate the tremendous successes of the model they have developed over the course of more than two decades. Math Corps is based on the dream of creating a self-perpetuating corps of students from middle school through college, who excel academically, hold values that breed success in general, and who, through strong mentoring relationships, pass their knowledge and their values on to younger students, who in turn do the same.
In a world where the dreams of children are so often unfulfilled or not even encouraged, and where the obstacles to success are so daunting, Math Corps has, from the beginning, been about making a difference and changing lives. At its core, Math Corps is about a very simple but unwavering belief that all children have a unique and special greatness within them, and that through hard work and a commitment to excellence, as well as with the support of a caring community, this greatness can be realized.
The Math Corps Summer Camp
The Math Corps Summer Camp, the centerpiece of the Math Corps, is a four-week program on the MVCC campus. The program serves cohorts of rising seventh and eighth graders, as well as a group of high school and college students. College students serve as instructors and mentors. The students are broken into teams, with each team having 10 middle school students, 5 high school students (TAs), and 1 college student (CI) at the head. Each day of the camp has a morning and an afternoon component. In the morning, the focus is entirely on the middle school kids. The CIs and TAs not only serve as teachers and role models, but in many instances, as essentially "big brothers" and "big sisters." In the afternoon, the middle school students participate in a variety of hands-on activities, while the high school students engage in two mathematics courses of their own, at least one of which is an advanced course at the college level.