What is K.O.R.E.?

The KORE program is a summer long job training and recreation immersion program for kids entering grades 5 – 9 in the fall. This program is a great way for kids to give back to their community while learning important skills for real life. Oh yeah, and we have some fun too!

KORE kids start with an application and interview process. We are friendly and supportive to give them a good experience, knowing that this will be the first of many! Applications, available here, are due no later than April 25. Interviews will be conducted soon after.

The program will be limited to 15 kids so that we can be sure every participant receives individual attention.

Once accepted, KORE kids begin a series of trainings. We’ll cover safety and first aid, working with various age groups, professional conduct, and the policies and expectations of Salida Recreation. Training is mandatory, but those who have already taken one of our babysitting classes are exempt from the first 2 days. Training dates are listed on the application materials.

Then the fun really begins with our summer programming! KORE volunteers will assist at various recreation programs, planning activities and interacting with participants. You can find KORE kids at our preschool programs, pool parties, ice cream socials, garden days, outdoor concerts and Parent’s Nights Outs! The kids will also plan and run a car wash to raise funds for the youth scholarship program. We did this last year and had a blast in the summer heat!

We ask for a summer-long commitment of at least 10 program days (usually 1-3 hours at a time), but will absolutely work around those family vacations and summer camps.

Finally, we’ll wrap up the summer and kick off the school year with an outing just for KORE kids. This will be our chance to say thank you for all their hard work and contributions to Salida Recreation.

I love getting the chance to interact with the fine young adults who are growing up in our community. The KORE program offers a great balance of structured time and freedom, and does so in a fun and engaging setting. Please feel free to contact me (Maggie) with any questions at (719) 539-5703 or salida.recreation@cityofsalida.com.