SOAR partners with Bay Area Social Services and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) in the following counties to identify candidates for our program:

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Marin
  • Napa
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Clara
  • Solano

Youth Application Qualifications:

  • Be a Current Social Welfare Foster Youth
  • Be Entering 6-8th Grade in Fall 2020
  • Youth Resides in the SF Bay Area (County Above)
  • Be Adaptable and Comfortable in Group Settings
  • Have a C Average or Above GPA
  • Motivated to Learn Academically and Self-Learn during Summer
  • Must have Social Worker or CASA Apply with Recommendation

Every year, on February 14th, the recruitment process for each new cohort starts! Social Services and CASAs are invited and encouraged to work with qualified youth who are interested in SOAR. The agencies submit completed applications by the mid-April deadline, along with signed liability waivers, medical release, school transcript, and an adult recommendation. After participants are selected, county Social Services staff obtain the court release and photo authorization needed to support their youth’s participation. SOAR does not consider applications submitted directly by foster families.

To Apply:

  • Meet the Above Qualifications
  • Download/Complete the Application (Found on the Prepare to SOAR Program Sidebar)
  • Return the Completed Application
    • Via Email:
    • Via Mail: P.O. Box 1291, Berkeley, CA 94701

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