Youth Development

CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education)

  • N Scituate, MA
  • www.corsefoundation.org

Mission Statement

The CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education) was established by a group of dedicated parents and educators to raise funds to provide high quality and affordable programming, training and resources that will benefit children with special needs (ages 3-22), their families and educators throughout South Shore Massachusetts. CORSE has designed an innovative model within a blended framework of integrated and specialized social, educational and recreational programs so children with special needs can reach their full potential. Our variety of programs are staffed appropriately through customized staffing ratios and special education expertise so ALL children, those with and without special needs, can successfully participate together within their community.

Main Programs

  1. Integrated and Specialized Social, Academic and Recreation Programs for Children with Special Needs

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Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Southeastern Massachusetts

ruling year

2006

President

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Tracy Johnston

Keywords

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disabilities, special needs, integration, community, youth development, education, recreation, social

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Also Known As

CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education)

EIN

20-4264838

 Number

2373693652

Physical Address

16 Battles Hill Lane

Scituate, MA 02066

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Integrated and Specialized Social, Academic and Recreation Programs for Children with Special Needs

Most of our programs are integrated; however a few are specialized, catering exclusively for our special needs population to build skills with expert providers. Since most community-based programs are not staffed appropriately for children with special needs to effectively access, we are proud of our progressive integrated model where all children can come together to gain important skills they need to succeed in life. With these skill-building programs and active participation alongside peers, reinforced with parent training and support materials, children with special needs are making great strides.

Enhanced programming and resources funded by CORSE includes:

• Integrated social development programs (Pre-K through High School) that help children build lifelong social skills in communication, cooperation, self-control and self-confidence that are critical to their future integration and success in school and life.

• Integrated academic support programs that provide grade level skill development in math, reading and writing.

• All Stars sports programs (baseball, basketball, soccer, running, karate) that improve self-confidence and self-esteem by helping children develop physical skills and learn the fundamental skills in each sport in a non-competitive, well structured environment. We also offer customized swimming, tennis, skateboarding and gymnastics classes with area providers.

• Socially-based summer camps that provide a typical summer camp experience for children with special needs, including field trips, presenters, arts and crafts, cooking, music and sports. They are customized for younger children (ages 6-10) and older children (ages 11-16) with age-appropriate activities.

•Specialty camps that give young people with special needs the opportunity to experience the joy of riding a horse (therapeutic riding), learning to ride a bike (Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp), and become comfortable with a wide variety of water sports including sailing, windsurfing and canoeing (Maritime Adventures through AccesSport America).

• Customized peer mentor and Best Buddies models, training and socialization to support CORSE student programming

• Let’s Go Community Events: a variety of ongoing family-focused events (movies, boating, skating, dining out and more) designed to provide a positive community experience for children with special needs and their families.

• SibShop programs where siblings of children with special health and developmental needs obtain peer support and education within a recreational context.

• Supplemental student services such as music and art therapies, band consultants, yoga, student and mentor scholarships, etc.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$110,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Southeastern Massachusetts

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CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education)

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President

Tracy Johnston

BIO

Tracy Johnston, Founder and President of Scituate CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education) February 2006 - Present

Established and directs the non-profit organization, CORSE, with a 15 member board that is responsible for raising funds through community fundraisers and philanthropic grant submissions in order to provide supplemental programming to children with special needs in our community. Designs and provides integrated social development, academic support and recreational programming, student services, parent training, professional development, technology, equipment and family community outings to thousands of students across South Shore Massachusetts. Our variety of programs are staffed appropriately through customized staffing ratios and special education expertise so ALL children, those with and without special needs, can successfully participate together within their community. Most of our programs are integrated; however a few are specialized, catering exclusively for our special needs population to build skills with expert providers. Awards and recognition include the 2016 South Shore Conservatory Community Partnership Award, 2016 Scituate Recreation Community Spirit Award, 2016 FOX25 Hometown Team Award; 2015 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award second prize winner from the New England Patriots Foundation; 2014 primary speaker at the first Flutie Foundation Partner Summit to discuss our innovative model providing children opportunities for social development and an active lifestyle; 2011 Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association Program Outreach Award; 2009 “Scituate Citizen of the Year" and the 2008 Massachusetts Community Partnership Award from the Federation for Children with Special Needs. In 11 years, CORSE has run 489 programs with 6,576 registrations and 957 volunteer mentors investing over @$835,000 back into our community through programming and resources. Each year we run approximately 50 programs with 850 student registrations.

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BOARD CHAIR

Tracy Johnston

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