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Valdés Math is a non-profit whose goal is to provide skills in mathematics to all students in a diverse community. Here are some ways you can support our mission.

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How we use funds

As a 4013c not for profit organization we funnel all tuition costs back into the organization.

Growing our mission

As an organization we are always looking for a better was to deliver on our mission. This year we are very excited about growing our media program.

Bobby's Journey (our student persona)

The following is a reflection of what may be the typical reaction of a student who may be unaware of the Valdes Math Summer Program and is informed by his parents that a generous portion of his summer will be spent in a math classroom not at his campus.

“My name is Bobby.  I’m 10 years old and in 5th grade. I hate school and I hate math even more.  My mom and dad are making me go to summer school and even worse it’s not to my school. I’m going to some special program. I feel dumb and all my friends are laughing at me. I hate my mom and dad . . . “

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On the last day, during the closing ceremonies as he receives the recognition for his accomplishments from his teachers, with his Mom and Dan and family and friends, Bobby is whispering, “Mom, Dad, I love you!“

The Challenge

The Jose Valdes math Institute is looking for Bobby, he is likely to be one or more levels behind in is math skills, likely functioning at 4rd grade level or worse. He’s troubled and most likely in trouble. His lack of interest in school fosters the lack of care for his community, it’s the path to misbehaving and finding himself in trouble with school officials, or worse, with the law. Bobby is our poster child because he is likely Latino and comes from a family that is among the working poor and likely attending a school that serves the communities of East San Jose.

Putting in the work

Yes, Bobby will have a good portion of his summer taken away, and, as he lamented, his summer days will be spent on a school campus that is not only unfamiliar, but larger and imposing, and scares him. Bobby will be among approximately 200 other students who are sharing the same experiences. At the end of the summer program, however, Bobby and many of his new friends will have transformed. He will have improved one grade or better.

The transition

The more profound change, however, will not be simply improvement in is math competency, it will be his attitude about who he is and the new capabilities they he has manifested within himself. In his final weeks in the program he will have found, earned, a new level of confidence, an insightful new perspective of who he is. Unlike other years where he dreaded the start of school, he now knows that this year will be different. This time around, he will look forward to the new semester back at his home school. On the last day, during the closing ceremonies as he receives the recognition for his accomplishments from his teachers, with his Mom and Dan and family and friends, Bobby is whispering, “Mom, Dad, I love you!”

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