Throughout the summer CORA’s staff continue to offer services to improve the lives of children through the running of summer camps, supporting clients, evaluating and improving our programs, engaging the community, and preparing for another banner year. Coming off of our most successful golf outing to date, we are excited for what’s to come and yet not quite ready for the summer to end.
This summer, CORA partnered with The Philadelphia Youth Network’s WorkReady Program, coordinating the recruitment, screening, placement and professional development of 35 students, all of which were placed in jobs in various departments at CORA. All of the participants completed a six-week, paid work experience that fosters the acquisition of 21st-century skills through work-based learning. We concluded their work experience by bringing our WorkReady students and our YouthCOR Superhero Summer Camp kids together for a giant field day at Belmont Grove. The superhero obstacle course and water balloon fight made it a memorable day for more than 250 kids as well as our staff!
While our older kids were picnicking in the park, CORA’s youngest learners were wearing caps and gowns, proceeding down the aisle of Founders Hall, La Salle University’s brand new School of Business auditorium. On Thursday, August 10th, Early Years La Salle hosted its 5th Annual Graduation and Move Up Ceremony and sent 21 children, and their very enthusiastic parents, off to kindergarten. It was a wonderful day for our families and staff and moments like this exemplify CORA’s mission.
Many of you have come to know CORA as a place that prepares children and families for productive futures, supports them through tough times, and creates meaningful relationships in the process. And thanks to CORA’s staff and extended family, we also have lots of fun in the process, as I’m sure those of you who attended the golf outing can attest to. On behalf of the entire CORA team, THANK YOU to everyone who joined us as a sponsor, vendor, golfer or guest!
AnnMarie Schultz, CEO and President