Southern California Youth Programs That Make an Impact
We are CORE Educational Services. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to build the skills and experiences of teenagers from underserved communities through innovative and engaging expanded learning time activities so they can succeed in school, work, and life
CORE primarily serves low-income students of color eligible for free or reduced lunch. We provide academic enrichment, college and career preparedness programs, outdoor education, adventure retreats, arts and music courses, physical fitness, and leadership training before school, after school, and during weekends.
More About Us
Founded and incorporated in 2005, CORE Educational Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was created to fulfill a need for collaboration within the youth development community. Its founders recognized the value of joint ventures among service providers and invested time and energy in developing strategic collaborations. Members of the CORE board visited schools and district offices, attended youth development conferences, and hosted lectures pertaining to out-of-school time activities to develop strong relationships and alliances within the after school community. Ultimately, CORE created partnerships with non-profit organizations, for profit institutions as well as schools and districts in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties.
Who We Serve
CORE primarily serves low-income students of color eligible for free or reduced lunch. Our students live in the greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas. We provide academic enrichment, college and career preparedness programs, outdoor education, adventure retreats, arts and music courses, physical fitness, and leadership training before/after school and on weekends.
Participants will explore local issues and develop solutions. Youth will research, design and implement awareness and volunteer activities in their school and community.
Nature Now trains student interns as adventure guides specializing in rock climbing while teaching important skills to be young entrepreneurs.
The project develops teen leaders engaged in alleviating hunger in their communities with a 10-week leadership development series.
Want to learn more? Contact our Executive Director, Brett Naftzger.