The America Counts initiative at Towson University is a structured program offering mathematics tutoring to children in grades 6-8 at nearby schools as well as at a facility of the Department of Juvenile Services.
The goal of the program is to help the middle school students increase their confidence and enjoyment of mathematics through improving their number sense and mathematics understanding.
University tutors work one-to-one with middle school students in order to improve their number sense and mathematics understanding. In addition to math tutoring, Towson University students strive to cultivate a relationship with each of the middle school students and become a positive role model. Through this initiative, the Department of Mathematics, the Office of Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility, and the America Counts Community Sites collaborate to recruit, train, and support Towson University students as math tutors for middle school students.
America Counts is coordinated by an AmeriCorps VISTA, which is funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps members serve through thousands of nonprofit groups, public agencies and faith-based organizations across the country. They address areas of education, health, the environment, disaster services, veterans and economic opportunity. Since 2008, the Office of Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility has partnered with the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic to engage Towson University students, faculty, and staff in service to the community through AmeriCorps programs.