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News & Views - Apr, 1999 Issue #57 

Coalition for Residential Education
Press Release by: Heidi Goldsmith, Ex. Dir.
International Center for Residential Education
April 14, 1999
Washington, DC 

The Coalition for Residential Education (CORE) is an association and advocacy group of existing and newly developing residential schools for at-risk children and youth, and supporters of this option for young people. A CORE Children’s Home/Residential School Alumni Group is currently being developed. 

Created and guided by the International Center for Residential Education in the summer of 1998, the CORE’s mission is: 

“To mobilize those interested in the promotion of residential education for children whose homes or communities cannot sufficiently meet their needs, in order to strengthen both individual programs and the field of residential education by: 

  • Increasing public awareness of residential education for economically and socially disadvantaged children and youth;
  •  Enhancing and sharing professional practices and standards;
  •  Educating and gaining support of policymakers; and Better engaging students, staff, students’ families, and the community in these settings.” 

CORE Founding members are varied in funding sources, age of students, size, and admission criteria. They find they have more in common than differences, however, because they are residential in nature and focus on longer term positive youth development, rather than quick fixes. Among the current Founding members are the Boston University Residential Charter School, Boys Home (Covington, VA), Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, Girard College, Milton Hershey School, Minnesota Residential Academies, Penobscott Job Corps Center, Scotland School for Veterans’ Children, and the Virginia Home for Boys. CORE is supported by annual dues from the members, and through individual supporters. 

CORE Founding members meet quarterly. A Founding Member school hosts each meeting. A variety of priority projects are under way, through CORE’s five Committees: Public Awareness, Student Engagement and Opportunities, Professional Practices, Government Relations, and Conferences. A national conference is being planned for April 2000, to be hosted by Girard College in Philadelphia. 

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