Cor Columbia

Student Support: Relational And Transformative

 

Academics

Cor provides students (grades 7-12) with the skills and support needed to overcome academic barriers and gain access to future college and career opportunities. There are a number of ways Cor works with students:

 

Athletics

Cor uses the positive power of athletics to help students build relationships, develop character, learn discipline, and create a pathway to a college education.

 

Experiences

Cor creates opportunities for students to participate in a variety of different experiences and activities that help shape them into well-rounded people who see the world as an interesting and exciting place.

 

Relationships

Cor’s foundational belief in transforming lives revolves around our staff and volunteer’s abilities to build relationships with our guys through the idea of accompaniment and to help form a network of young men growing together.

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Our Mission

Cor empowers male student-athletes in Columbia, Missouri

to transform their lives through educational, experiential, and athletic opportunities. Through quality resources and caring relationships, students develop hope for the future and a way to a productive and redemptive lifestyle.

Academics

Athletics

Experiences

Relationships

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The word “Cor” is Latin for heart and the root of the English word “courage.” Our name is a representation and reminder of our central value: to have heart and to take courage. Courage is the foundation of being able to rise above your surroundings and circumstances to become the person you were created to be and to be a person that uses their strength to serve others.
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Just like a tree draws its strength and health from the ground, the men of Cor draw their strength from the relationships they have with each other, the caring adults in their lives, and the resources they need to succeed now and in the future.
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Cor emphasizes the development of the central virtue of courage. To have this wholehearted courage is to be Lionhearted; to face barriers, struggles, and fears that are inevitable while striving for the life you desire. With the hope and the strength that comes from the bonds of brotherhood, the men of Cor are striving each day to become more Lionhearted.
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Like no other mode of transportation, being on a ship means a journey that will require everyone to work together to help each other get to the place they ultimately want to be. The men of Cor are on this journey together, and, everyday, are encouraging their brothers to weather the storms of life and sustain the work required to get to the future they all desire.

What Sets Us Apart

Cor believes that relationships are the most important catalyst to transformed lives because, without relationships, otherwise well-designed programs often fail. We also know that relationships by themselves are frequently not enough. For lives to be truly transformed, people must have access to quality resources they need to develop their capabilities AND relationships with others who can assist them in achieving their potential. Cor is able to produce transformative change by being deeply relational, while also providing a wide range of necessary services to help guys get to the places they want to be in life. Because of this, the young men we walk alongside view Cor as a brotherhood to belong to, not a program to participate in.

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One of my favorite things about Cor is that it creates a natural accountability system within the guys that participate. Cor students create a motivational system among themselves. They are constantly encouraging, challenging and cheering each other on to pursue both academic and personal excellence. It’s a pretty amazing thing to witness.

Amy McKenzieRock Bridge High School Teacher

Cor is an essential part of building relationships with students and helping them be successful in my classes. The support and encouragement for Cor students is amazing and the students' love and respect for all those who work at Cor is heartwarming! Cor is making a difference in the lives of students who might have otherwise given up on their education!

Deborah McDonoughRock Bridge High School Teacher

Cor provides support for boys, their families and their teachers because a lack of understanding between these groups can form a wedge. Cor is a bridge. The Cor staff love kids, but also push them to be better people and hold them accountable. Cor doesn’t necessarily make life easier, nor do they offer a magic pill, but they give the boys and families a bigger picture, a bigger story than just their own.

Michelle SchnakeGentry Middle School Teacher

Cor Columbia Impact

160
Number of students served by Cor since 2013
100
of Cor students have graduated from high school
50
Average number of students served each night
192
Hours Cor staff & volunteers spend with kids per week

Meet the Cor Columbia Team

Angie Azzanni

Co-Founder, Co-Director

Angie grew up in St. Louis Missouri, and came to Columbia in 1998 to attend the University of Missouri . She earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology, as well as a Masters degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Life Span Development. Following college, Angie worked for ten years as the Program Coordinator for an inner city ministry in Columbia called “Granny’s House” and in 2013 started Cor with Travis Craig.

Travis Craig

Co-Founder, Co-Director

Travis moved to Columbia in the Fall of 2001 where he attended the University of Missouri. During his college years, Travis served as a wrestling coach and Young Life leader at Rock Bridge High School. In the Fall of 2011, he began brainstorming with Angie what it would look like to create an organization in Columbia that would focus on student athletes and help them achieve better life outcomes. In the Fall of 2013, after two years of planning, Cor was born.

Jared Fenstermacher

Middle School Director

Jared grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and moved to Columbia in 2010 to attend the University of Missouri where he earned a degree in Hospitality Management and Business, with an emphasis in Sport Venue Management. During college, he got involved with the middle school ministry at The Crossing, and in the summer of 2014 took an internship with the student ministry. Upon completion of the internship, he began volunteering at Cor as an intern, where he realized his passion to help student athletes on and off the field. He began raising support to work at Cor, and is currently the full-time Middle School Director, and also coaching football and track at Lange Middle School.

Kaitlin EuDaly

Director of Operations

Kaitlin grew up in Kansas City and came to Columbia in 2007 to attend the University of Missouri where she majored in Secondary Biology Education. After graduating, Kaitlin began her career at Rock Bridge High School as a science teacher and also earned her Masters in Teaching. As Cor grew, Kaitlin had more and more students that benefited from their involvement with Cor, so she became an active volunteer in addition to getting to know students alongside her husband, Beau. In 2018, Kaitlin decided to leave the classroom and came on staff with Cor full-time.

Bret Weise

Assistant Director- Battle High School

Bret grew up in Columbia and graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 2013. He stayed in town and attended Columbia College where he got his Business Administration degree, with an emphasis in Sports Management. In 2014, while he was in college, Bret started volunteering for Middle School Cor. During his four years as a volunteer and intern, Bret loved working with Cor and building relationships with the student-athletes they served. As a result, in the fall of 2018, Bret came on staff full time to continue walking alongside guys and help them write a different story for their lives.

Meet the Cor Crew

Our Kids

Mojuba Shonekan

Mo in a senior at Rock Bridge High School and an integral member of the track and cross country teams. Mo began coming to Cor…
Our Kids

Martez Manuel

Martez is a senior at Rock Bridge High School where he plays safety for the football team and is also a state champion sprinter and…