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Dear CORE Champion, 

The 20/21 programming year is off to a great start, and our entire team is thrilled to begin seeing the realization of the virtual learning and enrichment activities we’ve been developing over the past few months! Last week over 70% of our Scholars joined our first virtual Character Education sessions. This high level of engagement, even as students remain working from home and are busy adjusting to a fully online school environment, reaffirms what we’ve known all along – now more than ever Scholars need the community of peers, mentors, educators, and dedicated team members we bring together.


This week we are debuting our newest digital programming offering, the first two segments in our Career We Can video series! As you know, Career We Can has long been an important aspect of our career exploration programming. Year after year our Scholars benefit immensely by hearing the experiences, successes, and challenges of diverse and talented professionals from throughout our city. In deciding to transition this key component of our programming to an online format, we were able to leverage one of our most active community partners: Leadership Las Vegas. The aim of this program fits perfectly with their mission of creating “a network of leaders committed to using their talents and strengths to improve Southern Nevada.”
Leadership Las Vegas members Vandana Bhalla and Lindsay Howard conducted interviews with fourteen of their fellow Leadership Las Vegas participants and alumni, asking them questions about career and life concerns that are most relevant to our Scholars. The resulting videos will provide our Scholars with insights into a variety of different career paths they may have not previously considered, and inspiration as they look to chart their own path to becoming the leaders of tomorrow. Check out the first video in the series below and be sure to visit our YouTube Channel where we will continue to release this series throughout the year!
Check out our first virtual Career We Can interview - now on YouTube!


Today, October 15th, marks the final day of Hispanic Heritage Month. With approximately 85% of our Scholar and Alumni households identifying as Hispanic or LatinX, CORE has long been focused on the specific roadblocks that stand in their path to opportunity and success. According to data gathered in a 2017 College Pipeline Report by UNLV, while Hispanic students make up the majority of the Nevada primary and secondary school population at 41.1%, they have the lowest post-secondary degree attainment rate (13.7%) of any racial group in the state. At 7.09% below the national average, Nevada schools are producing an alarmingly low rate of higher education learners among one of the largest populations of Hispanic students. These trends are particularly pronounced when it comes to students who are English Language Learners (ELLs).  In the 2015/16 school year the graduation rate for ELL students in NV was only 42.6%, about half the rate for non-ELLs. Additionally, Nevada was one of only six states in which the graduation rate for ELL students was lower than 50%.  

At CORE, our Dreamer and Tomchin cohorts are composed of a majority of self-identified ELL Scholars. Given this data, our 100% graduation rate for the Dreamer Cohort in 2019 represents a significant improvement from the overall outcomes within the state.  We see this as evidence of the difference that can be made with providing resources such as individualized tutoring, dual language learning tools, and programming focused on achieving equitable outcomes.  Different student populations have different needs, and for ELL students there is an urgent need for additional support.  A weighted funding formula that provides ELL students with additional funding to receive critical resources should be funded in order to create equitable access to opportunity.  CORE Scholars receive a significant per pupil investment that supplies them with the individualized resources they need for success, and ultimately we want the same for all students in need.


Do you feel anxious or overwhelmed listening to the news right now? We invite you to try a new approach and tune in to COREcast: our new podcast designed, driven, and delivered by the CORE Scholars. COREcast has been created to foster youth driven journalism that contributes to the media landscape with a positive message rooted in our “DO GOOD THINGS” philosophy. 
Each episode, a group of our Scholars will explore a different topic that’s important to our community. Leading up to the episode Scholars go through a three to four-week series of meetings aimed at giving them hands-on experience at developing communication media with a journalistic voice from the ground up. Take a listen to our very first episode by clicking the photo above, and add COREcast to your queue on your favorite listening service. COREcast can now be found on Spotify, Stitcher, and Buzzsprout.

We hope these updates fill you with excitement and pride - there are so many good things happening in our community! Thank you for your support and, as always, keep doing good things.
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