CORE Program Info

The Community Outreach, Retention and Engagement (CORE) Program is a community-based initiative that functions to empower students, families, and their communities, to achieve their educational and economic goals.

What Do We Do? CORE focuses on removing the academic, financial, and social barriers to higher education. We do this through building awareness and investing in our participant’s capacity (i.e. knowledge, skill, ability, etc.).

Who We Serve: We serve students that will be the first in their family to attend college, students and families that are concerned about their ability to pay for college, and/or students from African American, Hmong, Latino, and Native American backgrounds. We work with students 6-12th grade.


Community Outreach

  • Quarterly Campus Visits
    • Fall Activator
    • Winter Energizer
    • Spring Accelerator
    • Summer Summit 

*Ask how you can get your visits sponsored*

  • School or Community-Based Programs 
    • CORE comes to you! Our team will bring the Ramp-Up to Readiness curriculum directly to your community, deliver the content, and will mentor your students weekly or bi-weekly to ensure that they have access to the information they need. 
  • College Knowledge Campaigns 
    • Ready for U! (Fall 2017) 
    • Watch Your 6 (Fall 2017) 


Huntley House

Huntley House for African American Men is a living-learning community and is open to all male students from any college within the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  


The CORE Team lives and works in the 7 county metro area, our role is not only to provide tangible services, but to also live as connected members of our communities. So, aside from camous visits and programming, we also offer the following: 

  • Public Speaking - Parents
    • Financial Aid Process 
    • Supporting your students 
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASA) Completion 
  • Volunteering
  • Community Partnerships

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for CORE



Jonathan Brown
Director - CORE Program
Phone: 612-626-5462