Prepare2Nspire is a cascading algebra tutoring program for eighth and eleventh graders in underperforming and underserved neighborhoods of North Minneapolis. The program, directed by UM Curriculum and Instruction professor Lesa Clarkson, recruits undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota to act as mentors and provide algebra tutoring to eleventh graders, who in turn tutor eighth graders in the subject.
Prepare2Nspire has improved academic outcomes for hundreds of students, inspired tutees to enter STEM-related UMN programs, and helped build a community of interest in math on Minneapolis’s North Side. Eleventh grade participants have increased their math ACT scores by up to 6 points-enough to turn students previously ineligible to apply to the University of Minnesota into applicants who can be, and have been, admitted to the University. Some of these individuals have “paid it forward” by becoming mentors in the program.
For a short time, the John W. Mooty Foundation Trust will match every dollar given up to $25,000.
You can make a difference
Your support will enable more students to benefit from Prepare2Nspire, and remove barriers to participation with resources such as transportation, school supplies and calculators. Over the long term, you will increase the number of underrepresented students who chose to continue their study of math, preparing them for a wide range of well-paying employment options. Your gift will help complete the current academic-year program in North Minneapolis and invite a new cohort of North Minneapolis students to participate in 2018-19.
We believe that the color of a student’s skin is not correlated to their achievement in mathematics. Your investment will help make that possible.