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Academic Advocacy and Support for Foster Youth in the SF Bay Area

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Opportunities Requiring Background Check

All volunteers for the following positions must be fingerprinted for a criminal record check and Child Abuse index clearance. No one with convictions or records that would pose a risk to youth may hold any of the following volunteer positions.

Be an Adult Chaperone

Are you good with youth? We provide 24×7 supervision when our youths are at our summer academy or attending a staying connected event. SOAR strives to have at least one adult chaperone for every four youths and we require consistency throughout a one-week summer session.

Be an Academic Advocate

Are you willing to help a foster youth prepare for college and independence? We have workshops that will provide you with the tools you need; all you are asked to bring to the table are your willingness, commitment, and time.

Be a Counselor

Are you older than 18 and have the following attributes? We would love to have you with us at our summer academies:

  • Positive attitude and good manners.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to participate in rigorous outdoor activities with youth.
  • First Aid and CPR certification preferred.
  • Prior youth work experience preferred.

Opportunities Not Requiring Background Check Write Funding Requests

Are you good at grant writing? We can use your talents to increase our funding sources.

Host a "Friends-Raiser"

Want to help SOAR recruit volunteers? By hosting a small, informal gathering of friends and family members, you can help us educate others about the unique challenges that foster youth face and what they can do to help these young people become contributing members of society.

Sponsor a SOAR Presentation

Do you like what we do and belong to a group? By inviting a SOAR representative to speak at one of your group’s gatherings you can help SOAR get the word and reach potential donors and volunteers.

Plan and Coordinate Activities

Do you plan and execute well and share our commitment in helping foster youth grow in mind, body, and spirit? We can use your help in the planning and execution of our summer academies or one-day events such as the winter academy.

Be a SOAR Presenter

Are you an excellent motivational speaker or a youth development expert? We would love to hear your ideas.

More opportunities with SOAR FOR YOUTH

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.



PO BOX 1291, BERKELEY, CA 94701, US

Mission Statement

SOAR for Youth, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 2009 to provide high-quality support, opportunities, and rapport that foster youth would have otherwise received from their parents.


With community partnerships, SOAR helps foster youth move through adolescence and into their adult lives with confidence and independence. Through a four-year summer residential pre-collegiate program and additional years of sustained support, SOAR teaches, coaches, and counsels our young people in academics, life skills, leadership, emotional intelligence, and career development. After participation in our summer academy programs, SOAR youth are paired with an Academic Advocate who is responsible to track and mentor the youth's academic progress to ensure high school graduation and higher education preparedness. Academic Advocates have an access to resources provided by SOAR, including local classes and tutors to help our youth maintain successful grades. In the summer, SOAR youth are eligible to participate in SOAR's Summer Internship program, where we pair youth with prospective career mentors. SOAR pays all youth for their time up to 160 hours and pays for all their transportation needs to/from their internship location.

Join us to help make a difference in the lives of foster youth and our future! We are always looking for Academic Advocates, Summer Counselors, Tutors, Grant Writers, Marketing, etc... If you want to volunteer services not listed, we will find you a meaningful project!

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


2121 Berkeley WayBerkeley, CA 94704



  • Youth Services
  • Child Care
  • Children Medical Services
  • Child Development
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Social Work




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Various Hours - We are Flexible with All Volunteers!

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