Core believes all children and families have the right to reach their full potential and pursue individual success. Our mission is to empower, enrich, and educate underserved children to lead choice filled lives.

Our process begins very early.

Core is a long-term, two generational, holistic, and collective impact model serving under-resourced students (“Scholars”). Scholars are accepted into Core starting in 6th grade after a home visit and parent interview. From 6th grade through 12th grade Scholars participate in afterschool and weekend programming; concurrently, their families work with Core staff to develop support networks, continue their own education, and develop the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. After graduation, Scholars are engaged with Core through our Alumni Network to ensure that they stay on track and continue to reach for their potential. 

Core’s programming focuses on the individual needs of each Scholar and their family. For the families the goal is to create stability in the home and to provide a pathway to better jobs and education. Meanwhile, we work with each Scholar on developing stronger character, aligning their strengths with career and college opportunities, and providing the experiences and tools needed to lead choice filled lives in and out of school. 


Scholars actively advocate for themselves to build strong support networks, develop leadership skills and positive character traits all while giving back to their community.


Scholars engage directly with community partners in the arts and health & wellness industries to explore their creativity and maintain their focus and growth mindset.


Scholars work with Core Academic Advisors and industry leaders in our community to develop the skill sets necessary to define  and achieve their life goals.


2020 Year In Review

We did a lot last year! Read CORE's 2020 Annual Overview and catch up on what's new in our Community.


Alumni Network members currently pursuing higher education


graduation rate from
high school


# of community service hours per Scholar, per year


# of Scholars currently in the program


Jeff Jones Joins the CORE Board of Trustees


Alumni Spotlight on Gregorio: A Dreamer Pursuing Big Dreams


CORE Named an Official Partner of the Ascend Network


EdSpeaks: The Voice of Nevada’s Students


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tells a story

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We believe in equity for all.

CORE defines equity as each of us getting what we need to survive and succeed – access to opportunity, networks, resources, and support – based on where we are and where we want to go. Equity is the key that allows each of us to unlock our full potential. 

We commit to affirming and celebrating racial, ethnic, gender, age, class, spiritual, national, regional, and personal identities within our organization and in the communities that we work with as a way to achieve equity. We build relationships with everyone in a way that empowers their voice, honors their values, and celebrates their strengths. 

We commit to working toward our mission in a way that centers social justice and equity at all levels of our work. We are accountable to upholding this belief in how we practice our values, and ensuring that it is reflected throughout CORE’s staff and board, and our operations and governance. We know that this is a work in progress and we as an organization commit ourselves to this ongoing work.

100% + Graduation Rate

CORE is building a community of success one family at a time:

Scholars & family members served & counting

Theory of Change

What is a “Theory of Change”? Essentially it provides an illustration of how and why a desired change can be expected to happen. In this Theory of Change model you can see how our stakeholders, inputs, and outputs lead to meaningful outcomes that grow from our work to educate, enrich, and empower CORE Scholars and families.

Meet Some of Our Team

We are a team of kid-advocates, driven to create change and build an infrastructure for success to meet the needs of Southern Nevada’s students. Each of us has our own “why” and approach to our work – take some time to meet the team! 

Lindsay Harper

Lindsay Harper


Renisha O’Donnell


Barbara Molasky


Joe Kennedy