San Antonio

SOAR program helps high school dropouts walk the stage, prepares them for workforce

SAN ANTONIO – A bunch of high school dropouts walked the stage on Wednesday with not solely a diploma but in addition a plan for their futures.

The SOAR program, which stands for “See Our Achievements Rise,” is working to shrink the almost 15% of San Antonio younger adults and not using a high school diploma.

Valedictorian Christina Lopez by no means thought she could be crossing the stage right now.

“It lets us be free, so let’s get a second chance in life,” Lopez stated.

Thanks to the assist of SA Youth workers, SOAR teacher Jeremy Manginell stated these graduates are a step nearer to reaching their desires.

“It’s really just about changing their own perspectives about themselves and allowing themselves to see themselves. The way we do that — they’re special in that they have value,” Manginell stated.

According to SA youth, over 75,000 younger adults between 16 and 24 in San Antonio are and not using a job and a diploma. The nonprofit seeks to shrink this statistic by serving to college students obtain their diplomas inside 4 months and understanding their objectives and marketable job abilities.


Unlike different applications, Interim CEO of SA Youth Christina Casella stated SA Youth workers comply with up with their college students for months past their commencement.

“Honestly, the staff checks in with them on a regular basis. We really do become one big family and make sure that they’re doing well so that can be anywhere,” Casella stated.

After right now, Lopez will now pursue a path in the navy or get her faculty diploma to be in baby care.

“You’re not always going to be stuck. There’s always a way out. You just got to find that and be willing to put in that effort,” Lopez stated.

You can be taught extra about the SOAR program here.

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