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.
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 Org Math. With the launch of the Global Math Initiative in South Africa and presenting findings of the case study at higher education institutions, she has reached 8,000 people through POWER Org Math.
She serves as a board member and advisor of local youth focused organizations and professional affiliations.
LaToniya is building a legacy of compassion, leadership, and as she purposefully serves alongside her 3 sons and extended family members.
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.
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.
Collegiate scholars: 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.