Math Tutoring Program

Math Tutoring Program Offers a Number of Benefits to Students
Posted on 04/22/2021
Tutors on a Google Meet

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) started a pilot program at Village Academy in February 2020 in which their employees serve as volunteers, providing math tutoring and mentorship to students, while also giving them insight into actuarial careers. A second program was added at Royal Palm Beach Community High School in April 2021.

The initiative is in partnership with Math Motivators, a tutoring program sponsored by the Actuarial Foundation, an organization that promotes lifelong math education and financial literacy.

Currently, 19 students at Village Academy and 11 students at Royal Palm Beach High School participate in the program. Each NCCI volunteer is paired with one or two students for weekly virtual tutoring sessions, using curriculum provided by the schools. The tutoring sessions provide the students with extra guidance on their math courses, as well as their end-of-year exams.

Twenty-five NCCI volunteers participate as tutors and administrators, including Sean Cooper, the Practice Leader & Senior Actuary at NCCI who started the volunteer program. He has worked as an actuary for nearly 30 years and holds the Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS) designation, the highest professional designation in the actuarial profession.

“We want students to know that their friends at NCCI care about them and their futures, and we want them to develop an appreciation for math,” Cooper said. “We also want them to learn about math-based careers, especially the actuarial profession, and develop the confidence that they can achieve anything if they believe in themselves and work hard.”

The program began in the School District at the beginning of the pandemic, requiring the sessions to be carried out in a virtual setting. But that didn’t affect the volunteers’ commitment or their positive impact on the participating students.

“Our tutors love this program because they get to use their love for math as a way to make a difference in the lives of young people in our community and are able to provide mentorship to students who may never even have heard the word actuary,” said Kelly Cavaleri, the Community & Charitable Relations Manager at NCCI.

With the success of the actuary volunteer program, NCCI is exploring opportunities to provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) tutoring to additional schools in the District.

NCCI employees are able to spend time giving back, thanks to the company’s Volunteer Time Off program which provides employees with 40 hours per year of paid time off to volunteer in the community.

An actuary uses math and statistics to estimate the financial impact of uncertainty and help clients minimize risk. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, actuaries have a median salary of more than $100,000 giving the profession a strong employment outlook and projected job growth.

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