Kids’ Opportunities for Recreation Experience

Youth Summer Volunteer Program

Community Tie Dye at the Farmers Market
Community Tie Dye at the Farmers Market

The K.O.R.E. program is designed for young adults entering grades 6-9 in the fall of 2016.  The intention of the program is to give kids the opportunity to gain personal, hands-on, leadership experience through the City of Salida Recreation Department while having tons of fun. Although K.O.R.E. is not a job, it has many job-like responsibilities and allows those not yet old enough to work to gain valuable experience that will aid them in future endeavors. K.O.R.E. members become an important part of the Salida Recreation summer team, with opportunities to develop creativity, leadership skills, and interpersonal skills.

We feel that the structure of K.O.R.E. allows the participants to have freedom and responsibility, and encourages them to learn how to balance both in order to complete tasks in a fun, efficient, safe manner. All participants who complete the program will be eligible for letters of recommendation from the Recreation Supervisor and the K.O.R.E. Coordinator, as well as having a foot in the door for possible future employment with the Recreation Department. In addition, K.O.R.E. members receive individual swim benefits at the Hot Springs Aquatic Center though the end of August, and are invited to participate in K.O.R.E. kids only special events!


April 29: 2016 KORE application and letters of recommendation due to Lanette at the Hot Springs Pool

May 2 – May 5: Individual meetings scheduled

May 9: Acceptance decisions and notifications made

May 13 (12:30 – 4:00 PM, Friday): Mandatory training (If additional training needed, date and time TBD)

May 21 (9 AM – Noon):  Clean up, Green Up Event with AHRA

Ooey Gooey Glitter Goo at Preschool Parks
Ooey Gooey Glitter Goo at Preschool Parks

June – August: Summer programs! K.O.R.E. members will be expected to commit to at least 10 program days throughout the summer. Most programs are approximately 3 hours long. Vacations and other activities are encouraged but participants are expected to notify staff well in advance. Please plan on being available for at least 7 of the ten weeks.

We will also schedule a car wash and a special KORE adventure!