About Us

Helping Youth Win with Math!

Mission

POWER Org Math is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to embrace, engage, and empower youth ages 4-16 in Metropolitan communities to  increase their confidence, competency, and proficiency with math.

 


Founder/Executive Director 

LaToniya A. Jones has an affinity for developing more mathematically literate communities (formally and informally). 


Ms. Jones enjoys designing innovative experiences to help youth, families, and educators see, say, and do math. She welcomes the challenge of removing fear, anxiety, access to resources, and myths about who can and cannot thrive with math through her work as a nonprofit founder, consultant, college administrator, and speaker.


LaToniya was educated in the Detroit Public Schools District and graduated from Cass Technical High School. She earned a bachelor degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Concordia University and a masters of education degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Wayne State University. 


Ms. Jones is a former middle school principal, Program Director of Developmental Education. She has empowered thousands of youth and families in Southeast Michigan and Ohio during conferences, math clubs, enrichment programs, POP Up Math Labs and parent empowerment sessions through POWER Organization.


POWER Institute, LLC is the engine that she used to successfully coach professionals and teacher candidates with closing achievement gaps, redesigning middle school environments, effective test preparation and workforce development tools until 2016. The Institute has since expanded to include support for entrepreneur focused agencies, small business owners and newly formed nonprofits. 


She serves as a board member/ advisor of local youth focused organizations and professional affiliations.


She thrives best when cultivating positive learning communities and using her personal and professional lessons learned to help others achieve their life goals. 


LaToniya is inspired to build a legacy of compassion, leadership, and entrepreneurship for her 3 sons.



Historical Timeline

2003 to 2004 - Researching: Is this what families want, beyond the school day? Building relationships that matter.


2005 - Established as a corporation in Michigan, 501c3 status confirmed, Focus groups


2006 - Inaugural Math Mini-Career conferences (single gender) at Wayne County Community College District


2007 - Expanded Math Mini-Career conferences to Baker College of Auburn Hills; Math empowerment workshop at YWCA of Metro Detroit, Super Stock Market series w/Edward Jones Investments


2008 - Compassion Capital Initiative Grantee w/New Detroit Inc. (2009 as well); Math camp at WCCCD; Black Family Technology Awareness Week Celebration grantee (2010 also) - Family Math & Tech Affairs in Detroit and Pontiac; Algebra Alive at Southfield Parks & Rec/Southfield Public Library


2009 - Ebony Magazine Unsung Hero's honoree: "Sister Speak Luncheon"; Delta Epsilon Chi (Baker College) speaker; Clorox Pine Sol grantee; Ebony Magazine - Clorox Pine Sol advetorial feature


2010 - Essence Magazine - Clorox Pine Sol advetorial feature; Family Math & Tech Affairs - Columbus, Ohio; Detroit Area Council for Teachers of Mathematics grantee; Pi Day and Mathematical Mondays series at St. Regis Hotel


2011 - Plymouth/Canton GEMS Conference workshop; Back to School Skating Party


2012 - Baker College Interns; Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO- Michigan State University)


2013 - ​Math Club w/Klub DEX and Wayne State University Pre-service teachers; I LOVE My Kids with Math campaign launched at East Detroit Schools (Title I Parent Conference); Healthier Detroit Expo education tent


2014 - Computer donation from Baker College of Auburn Hills; Global Math Initiative launched with University of Venda in South Africa


2015 - Global Math Initiative (Case Study) presentation at Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association - Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement Conference (Oram, Utah); Metro Youth Day Education Tent; Featured on WXYZ TV - "Mom's a Genius" segment


2016 - #POPUpMathLab's = Architecture Week activities (series) w/SpaceLab Detroit at Grand Circus/Techtown Detroit at the University of Detroit's Pre-College Tech Day; Belle Isle Nature Center & P.E.E.P.S. Detroit ACT/SAT Prep with Cody HS female athletes


2017 - #POPUpMathLab's = Detroit Zoo w/Ecotek Lab & Portal to the Public, The Shed at Martz Park w/Lawrence Tech University Scholars; SpaceLab Detroit membership;


Piloted the Mathematical Minds Society for girls focusing on math research, scholarship, fellowship, math competitions and relevant math/academic topics in a Ted Talk format (led by girls for peers and to empower youth ages 8-10)


Piloted Math and Financial Empowerment Series (Partially funded by Comerica Foundation) for youth ages 10-16 and their adult family members to build wealthy mindsets through money management, exploration of alternative funding sources, and investment. (2017-2018)


2018 - #POPUpMathLab’s =  Belle Isle Nature Center partnership, WDET Advertising Sponsorship. 

Board Members, Advisory Members and Math Ambassadors

Parents, STEM professionals, HS and College students, and corporate partners are welcome to help us support youth and families virtually or in person.


  • Parents: Support your peers through facilitation or join our leadership team.


  • STEM professionals: Make meaningful math connections to your career or join our leadership team.


  • High school students: Earn service learning hours alone or with your team/club or join our Junior Advisory Team.


  • College students: Complete your internships, senior or research project or join our leadership team.


  • Corporate partners: Sponsor or chair an event or program; volunteer as a group; join our leadership team.


Interested in partnering, sponsoring or creating a corporate Math Ambassador team? Contact Us.

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