A program helping young ex-offenders find a pathway in life
Project SOAR is a three year re-entry program for 18 – 24 year old Harrisburg youth. SOAR is a comprehensive reentry program that will address the challenges of young adults who have been involved in the criminal justice system. The SOAR program will help these youth make a successful transitions back into the community.
The intent of the initiative is to protect community safety by ensuring that these individuals (1) become productive members of society, (2) are provided positive opportunities to engage in employment and/or education, (3) maintain long-term employment, (4) sustain a stable residence, and (5) successfully address their substance abuse and mental health issues.
The SOAR participants will be assessed on their risk factors for obtaining success by using a research based delivery model called IRES (Integrated Reentry and Employment Service). This assessment tool helps to determine the likelihood that a person will reoffend as well as his or her level of job readiness. Based on the assessment, the participant could receive anyor all of these services: academic training, vocational training, intense case management, and stackable/portable credentials training.
Since this diverse population has a variety of needs, the program will provide tailored services based on each individual's assessment. The IRES model is designed to reduce recidivism and increase job readiness for reentry participants.
Project SOAR is funded by U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, FOA # ETA-17-2, CFDA # 17.270. OIC of America is the grantee and Tri-County OIC is one of four subcontractors to implement this grant across the country.
SOAR Referral Form
SOAR services are available to individuals between the ages of 18-24 who have had involvement with the juvenile or adult justice systems and live in the City of Harrisburg. If you have any questions concerning SOAR, please call Priscilla Ferguson at OIC 717238–7318 or email at email@example.com.