Math Corps Philly and David Shen, Nneka Kirkland, and Chalon Downs

Math Corps Philly students“We all rise together.” That quote represents Math Corps Philly for David Shen, member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (PhYM). David with Nneka Kirkland and Chalon Downs co-founded Math Corps Philadelphia, a math tutoring/mentoring program for middle and secondary students who attend Philadelphia schools. 

Thanks to funding from donors and foundation/ corporate grants, tuition is free for campers. But they’re not the only ones who benefit from Math Corps. Staff, who immerse themselves in a culture of love and compassion, come from similar neighborhoods and benefit in many ways from their employment. Teaching assistants are 9th – 12th graders who teach and mentor 6th and 7th graders.  Undergraduate or graduate students lead and mentor the teaching assistants. They “all rise together.”

A core belief of Math Corps is that “there is a unique greatness in every child.” Won’t you consider contributing toward that “greatness”? Donate at Math Corps Philadelphia’s fundraising site or learn more at this video about a day in the life of Math Corps, and this video of how Math Corps Philadelphia got started

As we anticipate the January 2017 release of Hidden Figures, the film about a team of African-American women who provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions, consider the greatness these children will contribute to their communities.