Project SOAR (Student Outreach for Access & Resiliency) is a service-learning experience that routinely places over 100 UA undergraduate mentors in under-resourced middle schools in the Tucson area. These students are enrolled in either HED 350 (fall) or HED 397B (spring), both of which examine issues of college access. Mentors meet 1-on-1 or with a small group of middle school youth weekly, addressing topics including academic strengths, self-esteem, conflict resolution, career exploration, and the college search process. Mentoring pairs or groups remain consistent throughout the semester in order to develop a strong, positive relationship.This College of Education program is housed within the Center for the Study of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice.
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Goals of Project SOAR
The goal of the program is to encourage middle school students to think about their futures after high school, and to
Mentors share their experiences regarding the college search process, the college experience both in the classroom and on campus, major selection, balancing homework with other obligations (work, family, clubs, athletics, etc.), and discuss the basics of financial aid.
Impact of the Program