SOAR Academies are a series of four consecutive residential summer academies on the UC Berkeley campus. There are three openings in the new cohort for 2023.
- Youth entering 7th-9th grade in the fall of 2023
- 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
- UC Berkeley campus, Foothill Student Housing Facility
- Sunday, June 25 3:30pm to Saturday, July 1 12:00pm
- 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 youths 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