SOAR for Youth

SOARĀ Academies are a series of four consecutive residential summer academies on the UC Berkeley campus. There are three openings in the new cohort for 2024.


  • Youth entering 7th-9th grade in the fall of 2024
  • Entering participants must currently be in foster care/kinship care (not legally adopted by guardians)
  • Participants should have a GPS of 2.0 or higher
  • 14-16 youth will be admitted to the 2024 cohort


  • UC Berkeley campus, Foothill Student Housing Facility


  • July 7-13, 2-24


  • Academic enrichment in critical subject-matter areas like writing and math.
  • College orientation and guidance.
  • Outdoor adventures where bonding and teamwork are key.
  • Success stories from former foster youth and career role models.
  • Life-skills training, including help with personal finance.
  • Career development, including job search and interview skills.
  • Connection to emancipation services and college scholarship programs.
  • Sustained support between and beyond the summer academies for 5-10 years.


See all instructions for completing the application via DocuSign or by downloading and mailing a PDF at SOAR’s website.