C.O.R.E. (Community of Racial Equity) for Advancement is a year-long college pathway program for high-achieving high school students of color from Des Moines area high schools. By uniting strong leaders in collaboration, CORE challenges inequities in education, provides a community for BIPoC students and allies to discuss issues within their schools and cities, and creates action steps to make long-lasting change.
Scholars from each high school C.O.R.E group are invited to come on to Drake's Campus monthly for various workshops. These workshops are fun and informal, guided by students’ interests, such as college essay writing, scholarship seeking, help with FAFSA, and more. The program prepares students to continue the amazing community they've built in their home C.O.R.E groups through their college transition. The objective of the program is to support students throughout this transition, as well as address institutional barriers and share strategies to navigate these barriers.
All students who participate in C.O.R.E. for two or more years and maintain a high school GPA of 3.0 will automatically receive a 33% tuition discount, should they choose to apply to Drake.
If you are interested in becoming a C.O.R.E. Scholar, you can find the application here.
Additionally, current Drake students are encouraged to apply to be a mentor for C.O.R.E. Scholars. As a mentor, one would be paired with a C.O.R.E. scholar in order to be there for any support they may need, and also offer guidance as a college student. This role lasts for the full school year, and one can expect the average time commitment to be 10 hours per semester. It is expected that a mentor meet with their mentee once a month, if not more, as well as attend all of the workshops that are held for the Scholars.
This is an excellent opportunity to connect with students whose shoes you were in not too long ago, earn volunteer hours, build your resumé, and gain valuable experience as a mentor!
You can apply to be a mentor here.