CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An annual summer program that aims to help young Black men with mathematics has begun.

The two-week M-Cubed Summer Math Academy kicked off Monday with more than three dozen African-American middle school students from the Charlottesville and Albemarle County area.

The program is put on by 100 Black Men of Central Virginia.

According to a release, this math enrichment program is being held in person at the Community Lab School in Albemarle County.

It aims to help students fill in any gaps in their education and social development, especially those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years.

Teachers from local schools are leading an algebra-intensive curriculum that will prepare these students for upper-level math classes in high school.

M-Cubed stands for Math, Men and Mission, and the program aims to address systemic obstacles that may deter Black students from enrolling in advanced math classes.

In 2020, the program was offered in an entirely virtual format and then was in a hybrid online/live version for 2021.

Additionally, M-Cubed offers year-round programming, such as mentoring, tutoring and enrichment programs reaching dozens of middle school students.

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