Outdoor Nation and Camelbak Select CORE Educational Services’ Waste Not to Engage Local Millennials in Environmental Stewardship and Water Conservation

Los Angeles (Feb. 14, 2013) – Today CORE Educational Services from Los Angeles, CA was awarded the CamelBak Challenge Activation Grant from Outdoor Nation, a national initiative connecting the Millennial Generation to the outdoors, and CamelBak, the leading hydration company. This grant opportunity supports pioneering projects, like Waste Not Project and initiatives that are millennial-developed, address environmental issues and create sustainable eco-friendly practices in local communities around water conservation. Grantees submitted their best idea that answers the question, “What would you do with $500 and 100 water bottles?” Waste Not is an idea CORE Educational Services developed to reconnect young people to environmental stewardship through fun and challenging outdoor adventure activities at the annual Teen Adventure Challenge.

Through the millennial-developed Waste Not Conservation Project, approximately 800 middle and high school students (millenials) from the greater Los Angeles area will lead, learn and implement important water conservation skills at the annual Teen Adventure Challenge on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The Teen Adventure Challenge at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, CA is a race through a strategically designed wilderness course that includes a series of adventure-based activities and team building challenges. The 800 participants will be taught environmental stewardship through water conservation and eco friendly practices (such as reusing water bottles) that they will utilize during the event in a variety of fun and engaging activities such as raffles, booths, games, competitions and informational packets specifically focused on water conservation that will all be rewarded with prizes including the 100 water bottles.

“Outdoor Nation believes that empowering millennials through small grants will inspire a new generation of environmentally conscious outdoor activists,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, the organization that started the Outdoor Nation movement. “We are proud to partner with CamelBak, investing resources and funding in young adults and non-profits with innovative ideas and the willingness to bring their ideas to life.”

Throughout the year, Outdoor Nation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. Projects serve various audiences and activities include kayaking, photography, urban gardening hiking, painting, biking, environmental education and map and compass skills.

“Waste Not is an exciting project that will change the way a large amount of Los Angeles youth view conservation as they participate in outdoor adventure activities,” said Brett Naftzger, CORE Educational Services’ Executive Director.

The selected projects were determined through a competitive application and review process. For information about all the grant recipients and other Outdoor Nation grants, visit outdoornation.org/grants.


About The Outdoor Foundation
The Outdoor Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor leaders and enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, youth engagement and empowerment and effective grant making, the Foundation works with young leaders and partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. Outdoor Nation is an initiative of The Outdoor Foundation and was started in 2010 with initial support from The North Face, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, The REI Foundation, The Conservation Fund and the National Park Service. This pioneering initiative empowers young leaders to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States. For more information visit: OutdoorFoundation.org and OutdoorNation.org.

About CamelBak
Founded in 1989, CamelBak invented the hands-free hydration category and is the global leader in personal hydration gear. CamelBak is achieving its mission to continually reinvent and forever change the way people hydrate and perform by offering a mix of products that include everything from technical hydration packs to reusable bottles and individual UV purification systems. For more information, please visit www.camelbak.com or call 800.767.8725.

Teens Win As Public and Private Sector Combine to Support 2012 CORE Teen Adventure Challenge

Faced with a series of adventure challenges and team building activities, area teens exercise physically and mentally in a race to the finish.

April 9, 2012, Los Angeles, CA – CORE Educational Services (CORE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in partnership with arc, a local after school and experiential education provider, presented the 3rd Annual CORE Teen Adventure Challenge (CTAC) on Saturday, April 7, at the Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, CA. Rachele Brooke Smith of Bring it On: Fight to the Finish and Center Stage 2: Turn it Up was in attendance to motivate the teens and encourage healthy lifestyle choices.

CTAC, CORE’s signature event, promotes active and healthy lifestyles, exposes urban youth to city, state, and national parks near their communities, uses friendly competition to unite communities, and redefines traditional power dynamics between teens and adults through play. During the race, teams of four teens along with their adult team captain navigated a wilderness course strategically designed and run by experiential education experts at arc, with activities ranging from teambuilding brain puzzles to rock climbing, mountain biking and kayaking.

Julie Munjack, Executive Director of CORE Educational Services said of this year’s event, “The Teen Adventure Challenge is a perfect example of the public and private sector coming together to support the local community. Without sponsors like Subway, Vitamin Water, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as well as nonprofit partners like the Boys and Girls Club, not to mention the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, the event would have been impossible.” Over 500 students competed in the race, many bringing along their families for support. An additional 80 volunteers from the community were also in attendance, helping to run the event.

This year’s Middle and High School winners were awarded with cash prizes and also received money to donate to a charity of their choice. CORE also rewarded teams for teamwork, fitness, and racing ability. Here are the results:

High School Bracket
1st Place: $400 to Reseda High School, Snake Runners
2nd Place: $200 to Roybal High School

Middle School Bracket
1st Place: $200 Aspire with David Damiani

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Knocked it Out of the Park! Award
LA High with Ruben Martinez

LA Galaxy All Star Teamwork Award
Grant Happy Cobras
BGC Burbank with Julio Herrera
ASPIRE with Lizette Dolmos
Animo Venice with Servando Lopez
Cesar Chavez Middle School with Garrett Hunter

ReadID Exceptional Racers Award
Zombies Team
Jaxx Theatricals and South Gate Team
Reseda Heavy Hitters

San Diego Padres Major League Fitness Award
Garfield High with Cindy Rojas

Although the event focused mainly on the race, other attractions included Student Performance Showcases, Food Pavilion, and even more entertainment from Warehouse Shoe Store DJ.

In a time when supplemental youth education programs face threats from budget cuts, CORE works with not only traditional foundations, but the private sector as well to fund programs and events like CTAC that address the growing opportunity gap. Event sponsors for CTAC 2012 included those mentioned above, as well as Celebrity High, VaVi, CAPS, LA Marathon, GOJO, Emergen-C, WAT-AHH!, LA Galaxy, the San Diego Padres, State Farm, !Mpact, Goodmakers Films, Think Together, Raw Revolution, Renegade Racing, and Stoneworks.

CORE is looking forward to next year’s race in April 2013! For more information, including event photos and video footage, please visit www.teenadventurechallenge.com.

Target Grants CORE Educational Services $700 to Support Animo Venice Charter High School’s Visit to the University of Southern California

Inglewood, CA, Dec. 19, 2011 – CORE Educational Services (CORE), a Los Angeles based 501(c)(3)non-profit organization that serves at-risk youth, was awarded a $700 grant from Target to fund Animo Venice Charter High School’s visit to the University of Southern California.

The trip will provide 55 high school students with a tangible university experience that will both generate interest in college and deliver resources for answering their pressing college-related questions. The visit features a full itinerary designed to provide students with a first-hand look into college life.

“Animo Venice’s mission is to prepare students for college, leadership and life; and part of this endeavor is to expose students to the possibilities that exist after high school,” says Principal Samantha Matamoros. “We are very excited to be given the opportunity to visit the prestigious University of Southern California, where they will undoubtedly be inspired to continue on the college-bound trajectory that Animo Venice has commissioned for each and every one of them.”

The jam-packed day will include an information session with admissions and financial aid officers, including a presentation of vital application information and admissions counseling as well as a guided tour of the USC campus. Additionally, a student panel will be held, featuring an open forum with USC students. This itinerary provides the students of Animo Venice with an invaluable opportunity to talk directly to USC students, to find out about life at a university, and will immerse students in the college atmosphere.

“Campus visits are important because they give students real world exposure to local universities, and help to make college admissions a concrete goal in their minds,” says Julie Munjack, CORE’s Executive Director, “We believe that learning opportunities extend far beyond the classroom and that these visits are essential for our students.” However, schools are finding it more and more difficult to bring students to museums, historical sites and cultural organizations. Field Trip Grants help give children these unique, firsthand learning experiences.

About Target Community Outreach

Since launching the Target Field Trip Grants program in 2007, Target has awarded $9.76 million in grants-providing 1.2 million students in all 50 states with the opportunity to enhance their studies in the arts, math, science and social studies. As part of the program, each Target store will award three Target Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide-enabling one in 25 schools throughout the U.S. to send a classroom on a field trip. Each grant is valued up to $700 and CORE is very grateful to have received one of these grants for Animo Venice Charter High School.