Communities Organizing for Racial Equity in Education (CORE) Collective
What is the Communities Organizing for Racial Equity in Education (CORE) Collective?
Since 2016, The Education Trust—West has channeled over $1,000,000 to and partnered with 15 non-profit organizations in working toward education equity and achieved wins helping to increase outcomes for students of color. In 2023, we re-launched this program with a renewed focus on racial equity, collaborative capacity-building, educational advocacy, resource sharing, and power-building.
CORE Collective Overview
Our program, the CORE Collective, is a two-year subgrant program that aims to empower grassroots organizations serving students, parents, families, and communities who have been most affected by racialized opportunity and investment gaps in California’s education systems. We focus on early learning and care, K-12, and higher education.
We aim to build the power and capacity of community-based organizations and support them in advocating for racially equitable and just policy and systems change in education. Participants have the opportunity to share their learnings and grow their networks by coming together regularly. They also receive support and thought partnership from other members of the CORE Collective and have direct access to Ed Trust—West staff through research and policy consulting/support.
We have four main goals for the CORE Collective Program:
- Strengthen and improve California’s educational equity ecosystem.
- Support power- and capacity-building activities and collaboration.
- Direct resources to emerging BIPOC-led and -serving grassroots community-based organizations.
- Advocate to achieve racially equitable systems change at state and local levels
Our program collectively impacts California’s education systems, providing more equitable outcomes for all students, families, and communities.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be working in partnership with eight outstanding organizations across the state as part of our CORE Collective cohort for the next two years, from May 2023 until May 2025. Each of these organizations shares our vision for equity and inclusion in California’s education systems, as outlined in our policy agenda Moving Forward Together: A Policy Agenda for Racial Equity in California Education Systems in 2023. We invite you to learn more about these incredible partners below!
BLU Educational Foundation provides educational and human services programming to youth, adults and organizations, with a mission, to build healthy productive communities. Our initiatives focus on education, health, & wellness, civic engagement, leadership development, advocacy, and the Arts. BLU partners with nonprofits, governmental agencies and educational institutions in various capacities to support the development, coordination and implementation of programs and policy. Additionally, BLU convenes groups around issues impacting communities of color.
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