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.

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