Susan Hirt Hagen CORE/PYD/The Mentor Project
The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach Research and Evaluation (CORE) exists to promote and sustain positive communities for youth. Our Mission is to cultivate a holistic, intentional, and interdisciplinary approach to positive youth development by promoting resiliency and pro-social behavior. We facilitate community outreach, conduct research, and provide evaluation to support educational institutions, community agencies, and government initiatives that serve youth. We carry out this mission through formal mentoring (The Mentor Project), informal mentoring (Positive Youth Development), training (40 Developmental Assets, Mentor Training, Trauma 101, etc) and conducting research and evaluation in the community.
Programs and Services
CORE provides training, research, and evaluation services on multiple youth related topics. PYD is a collaborative initiative that utilizes Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets® framework to identify elements that enable young people to develop into healthy, caring, and responsible adults. PYD, which started in Union City and expanded across Erie County, facilitates Youth Empowerment Groups in multiple school districts and organizations. The Mentor Project (TMP) works with local schools and community sites to promote positive relationships between Erie youth and trained mentors. As a research informed program, TMP follows national best practice guidelines by utilizing an intergenerational small group mentoring model.