Marvelous Math Club is an after-school club that uses a unique model integrating math and psychology. The club centers the experiences of the students, parents, and guardians at Pisgah View Community Center and celebrates its elementary-age students, whom we call Math Leaders.

Join us for free on Mondays and Thursdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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What We Do

Marvelous Math Club is a community after school club that uses a unique model for math learning that integrates math and psychology. A partnership of UNC Asheville, ACS, and HACA, requested by residents of PVA, MMC celebrates and centers the experiences of its elementary-age students (Math Leaders). Our Club creates a space at the PVA Community Center where Math Leaders feel safe, emotionally supported, and excited to engage in Math. Math Champions support the Math Leaders with homework completion, math games, and demonstrating math leadership. Become a Math Champion today! For more information, email us at mmc@unca.edu.

Become a Champion

a child being tutored by a math club champion

Math Champions support elementary age Math Leaders in math practice and leadership through Homework completion, Math Games and Challenges, STEAM activities, and more. All Champions are required to attend a New Champion training session in persoon, a volunteer training with ACS (virtually), and to complete a background check. If you are a UNC Asheville student, you must complete UNC Asheville’s Protection of Minors training. Once you are trained, you are welcome to join any day Math Club is in session! To participate as a Champion please email mmc@unca.edu with your availability. Training sessions to become a math champion usually fall on Tuesdays between 10 A.M. and 12 P.M. If you are unable to attend during this time frame, please let us know, and we can arrange a date that best suits your schedule.

How We Think and Speak

We are excited to introduce you to the concept of Asset- and Justice-based Thinking, which is a mindset and approach that can be incredibly valuable in various aspects of life, and is applied throughout all areas of Marvelous Math Club. Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) is a perspective that focuses on identifying and leveraging the strengths, talents, and resources that are available to us and everyone around us. Instead of dwelling on what is missing or deficits, ABT encourages us to shift our attention to what is present and the positive assets we have at our disposal. 

Understanding Asset-and-Justice-Based Thinking

Strength-Based: ABT is centered on recognizing and utilizing your strengths, as well as each person or group. It involves identifying what you or your team do well and finding ways to build upon those strengths. 

Solution-Oriented: ABT encourages creative problem-solving and finding opportunities within challenges. Instead of getting stuck in the mindset of identifying problems, it emphasizes seeking solutions.

Collaborative: ABT often involves working with people with different ideas and perspectives to combine strengths and resources. It fosters a sense of community and cooperation, as people come together to achieve common goals. 

Positive Framing: ABT promotes positive thinking and an optimistic outlook. It is shifting us in reframing situations in a more constructive light, which will lead to better outcomes and emotional well-being. 

By adopting an Asset- and Justice-Based Thinking approach, math leaders and champions can tap into the individual’s full potential, foster innovation, and create a more positive and sense of belonging environment. When applied, Asset- and Justice-based thinking translates to real-life conversations. Asset-Based Language is a way of speaking and interacting that focuses on the positive qualities of individuals or groups, which is the opposite of deficit-based language, which tends to highlight what is missing or limitations. We invite the exploration of this concept further. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Parents

Every student is welcome at MMC, as long as your student has reliable transportation to the club session and back home.

Math Club is free!

Every Monday and Thursday Asheville City Schools are in session, from 3 to 5 P.M. Champions stay until 6:00 to reset the room and debrief.

Pisgah View Apartments Community Center, 1 Granada St, Asheville, NC 28806

Pick-up and drop-off is located at the Pisgah View Community center, if your student/child lives in Pisgah View Community and requires to be walked home please let us know in advance and we can plan accordingly

Attending Marvelous Math Club does not require a note from a teacher, all that’s required is bringing your enthusiastic energy and love for math.

Marvelous Math Club began in PVA in 2015 and has been meeting regularly since.

Yes, in order to participate as a Champion please email mmc@unca.edu with your availability. Training sessions to become a math champion usually fall on a Tuesday between 10 A.M. and 12 P.M. If you are unable to attend during this time frame, please let us know and we can arrange a date that best suits your schedule.

To make a contribution to Marvelous Math Club, one can do so with a check or online. The account is in the UNC Asheville Foundation which is a 501(c)(3). It’s EIN is 23-7073829.

A check would be written to the UNCA Foundation with Marvelous Math Club in the Memo.

Send the check to:
UNC Asheville Advancement
CPO#3800
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804

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To contribute online: https://www.givecampus.com/campaigns/2072/donations/new. There is a drop-down menu with choices of “Designation.” In the drop-down menu, choose “Other.” Fill in “Marvelous Math Club.”  

Champions

Math Champions support elementary age Math Leaders in math practice and leadership through Homework completion, Math Games and Challenges, STEAM activities, and more. A Champion

Marvelous Math Club is completely voluntary and does not require 100% attendance. Any sequence of Monday or Thursday you are available to show up is welcomed!

All Champions are required to attend a New Champion training session in persoon, a volunteer training with ACS (virtually), and to complete a background check. If you are a UNCA student, you must complete UNCA’s Protection of Minors training. Once you are trained, you are welcome to join any day Math Club is in session!

Teachers

You can expect your student to have a safe space on MOndays and Thursdays where they celebrate math and leadership in community with Champions and other leaders in the community. Math Leaders are encouraged to bring math practice that aligns with what they are learning in class to integrate it into their activities at Math Club.

Parents and Guardians must enroll their students in MMC. Please contact us at mmc@unca.edu to request that the enrollment form of behalf of the student

Visiting Champion presenters

YES! Please reach out to us with your idea and a date you would like to present. Our schedule is posted (link to calendar page)

Contributors of Resources

Please contact us to coordinate pick up of materials or drop off at the community center at 1 Granada Street.

You can contribute online or by check.

Contributions made to MMC will be used to directly benefit leaders by enhancing their experience through upgraded learning materials and experiential learning opportunities in the greater asheville area.

Yes, all contributions are tax deductible

Join or Support Us

For more information, our newsletter, or to schedule Champion training, email mmc@unca.edu. Checks should be made out to the UNCA Foundation with “Marvelous Math Club” in the Memo. Contributions made to MMC will be used to directly benefit leaders by enhancing their experience through upgraded learning materials and experiential learning opportunities in the greater Asheville area. All contributions are tax deductible.