Academic Preparation
Squad

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The Challenge


The Academic Preparation Squad seeks an increase in the number of students taking advanced mathematics courses. We also seek to change students' attitudes regarding their ability to learn mathematics and S.T.E.M. related subjects. We hope to help America produce more experts in the S.T.E.M. related fields.  The Academic Preparation Squad project can make a major contribution to the advancement of mathematics in our communities.


Since 2010, the Academic Preparation Squad has helped thousands of disadvantaged children in Southern California to improve their foundational mathematics skills and obtain the necessary educational development they need as a foundation for independence and success.  Over the past two years, the Academic Preparation Squad has produced math workshops, training, tournaments for churches, individual schools, school districts, and the Boys and Girls Clubs at no cost to them. To date, we have helped approximately 10,000 socioeconomically disadvantaged children overcome their obstacles to learning mathematics.

The lack of ownership of foundation mathematics skills and a negative belief about one’s ability to learn mathematics at an early age, leads to math anxiety and inability to learn and master mathematics. Dropping out of school, under/unemployment and crime are the natural consequences. We believe that one of the keys to breaking the cycle of poverty is to get kids excited about and engaged in mathematics before they give up. In order for students to be successful in advanced mathematics, they must first have mastery of the foundation or prerequisite skills.



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