CORE provides low-income, underserved students, primarily of Latino descent and eligible for free or reduced lunch, with academic enrichment, college and career preparedness programs, outdoor education, adventure retreats, art and music courses, physical fitness and leadership training before and after school and on weekends. Examples of CORE Educational Services’ programs include:
Hunger Prevention Project
Funded in part by San Diego Gas and Electric
The project develops teen leaders actively engaged in alleviating hunger through a 10-week leadership development series. It includes weekly service learning and leadership workshops as well as education and volunteer opportunities at local food banks and pantries. Students receive skill-based leadership trainings, are educated about food insecurity, trained as hunger advocates, engaged as volunteers, and empowered to develop and implement service projects like awareness events and food drives.
Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow (PAT)
An initiative of the California Community Foundation
The purpose of the project is to cultivate leadership and life skills such as confidence, self-reliance, resourcefulness and creativity to help students at Animo Leadership, Animo South LA and Animo Jackie Robinson high schools to succeed in their personal, academic and professional lives. PAT activities include the Music Production Academy, GOALS Leadership Series as well as intramural sports leagues and health wellness activities.
Great Outdoor Adventure Leadership Series (G.O.A.L.S)
A recognized leading model in experiential education, aims to teach essential life skills through outdoor adventure and team building activities. Comprehensive development workshops focus on service learning, leadership training and student transitions.
Music Production Academy
A 14-week, semester long, music production program introducing middle and high school students to the technical fundamentals of recording and editing digital audio while exploring the concepts of songwriting and arrangement.
Funded in part by the California Community Foundation
A youth “adventureprise” initiative, Nature Now trains student interns over the course of 10 weeks as outdoor adventure guides specializing in rock climbing while also learning important marketing and leadership skills to be young entrepreneurs.