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.


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.

“Before I wouldn’t really talk, but now I feel like I’ve gotten better at public speaking and being able to express my ideas fluently and clearly.”

Nature Now Student Intern

Who We Serve

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/after school and on weekends.Do you want to make an impact on the youth of Southern California?