Centre for Outreach Education (CORE)

Image: A tutor works with students as part of CORE Homework Club at Songhees Wellness Centre in 2023. 

Welcome to CORE!

The Centre for Outreach Education (CORE) is a multidisciplinary centre dedicated to enhancing the education of children and youth. Located at the University of Victoria, CORE is administered by the Faculty of Education under the guidance of the Dean of Education and a steering committee composed of volunteer faculty members.

CORE transforms learning through personalized tutoring services that help children and youth when and where they need it.

Founded in 2011 with a generous bequest from an anonymous donor, CORE is dedicated to providing:

Since 2011, CORE has supported over 1000 children in Greater Victoria with free on-campus and drop-in tutoring services. CORE programs pair Faculty of Education pre-service teachers with children to master literacy and math concepts through tailored learning that meets each child’s unique needs.

CORE aims to fill unmet needs in the community and provide services to children and youth who need help the most. There are no fees for any of CORE's services.

See the CORE schedule


Ready to apply?

New and returning CORE participants must fill out an application form for the 2023/24 year. Please complete a new or returning CORE student application survey using the links below.

Application form:

2023-24 New Student Application

2023-23 Returning Student Application

Please also complete a UVic Photo/Video release form and have your child’s teacher, learning support teacher, or professional (psychologist, doctor, counselor) complete a professional recommendation form. Both forms should be attached to your application. 

Watch the CORE 10th Anniversary video

Donate to CORE this Giving Tuesday!

On the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day to focus on philanthropy. UVic's Giving Tuesday initiative brings together community members, alumni, employees and students to donate to their chosen causes, participate in events and unlock dollars from sponsors. Our goal is to collectively raise money for a variety of programs and projects across the entire university. In 2023, CORE is the chosen recipient of the Faculty of Education's Giving Tuesday fundraising efforts. 

How to take part in Giving Tuesday:

On November 28, 2023, donate as much as you want to CORE! You can donate directly to the fund or you can donate using Giving Grams. Giving Grams offer another popular way to support Giving Tuesday. With a $5 minimum donation, anyone can send a message of positivity to another person in their life. Along with the message, the recipient gets to direct the sender’s donation to the Giving Tuesday priority fund of their choosing. 

Send a Giving Gram!