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Art of Problem Solving Initiative, The
55 Exchange Place   Suite 603  
New York, New York  10025  
Non-Profit Organization [Non School]


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The Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that advances mathematics education by promoting opportunities for advanced study. Our flagship program is Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), which works to create realistic pathways for students from low-income and historically marginalized communities to become scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and programmers. We believe that math is beautiful, and all students should have access to deep and interesting math; that STEM careers provide a critical gateway to fulfilling, well-paid careers; and that more and more power and influence in society is centered around science and technology, so broader access is even more important. However, the doors to these opportunities are closed because underserved students do not have the same opportunities for advanced study as more affluent peers.

Our program is unique because while many efforts focus on achieving minimum competency or gaining basic exposure to STEM work, we help kids to access advanced math from an early age: they learn to solve challenging problems, develop reasoning skills, and ultimately begin doing mathematical proof on abstract topics. Moreover, we believe in a deep investment with our students, supporting those who pursue STEM from middle school all the way to college graduation. We believe that advanced work and a deep, long-term personal investment can open the doors to STEM careers.

Currently, BEAM’s programs operate in New York City and Los Angeles. We begin in middle school with intensive summer programs (after 6th and 7th grade). Following those programs, we provide Saturday classes and individual advising through high school. Students interested in declaring STEM majors continue to receive personal advising through to college.

Our focus is on giving kids access to the same programs and resources that their more affluent peers attend: specialized programs for advanced study; top high schools; great colleges. Successes include students admitted to top high schools such as Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Bard High School Early College (with over 50% admitted each year to what we identify as “Tier 1” high schools in New York), as well as 90%+ college enrollment with many at top colleges ranging from Yale to Barnard to USC. BEAM students have also gone on to highly selective summer programs for continued enrichment. Also important is that they feel like part of a family with us; many stay in touch and give back, working for us as counselors at our summer programs.

BEAM's work has been featured in the New York Times and the Atlantic. The Times article, in particular, is a good description of the early experience for students. You may also find it helpful to view our annual report.
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