Youth Development

Soar of Racine Inc

  • Racine, WI

Mission Statement

SOAR is committed to providing opportunities for excellent education through growing resources and support for our partner schools and by awarding scholarships to families with limited financial resources in the Greater Racine Area.
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Main Programs

  1. Scholarships, Opportunities & Access

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Service Areas

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Wisconsin

Greater Racine Area

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer since 2009

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Ms Laura Sumner Coon

Keywords

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Racine

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EIN

20-8232825

 Number

8341657825

Physical Address

600-21st St.

Racine, WI 53403

Also Known As

Scholarships, Opportunities & Access in Racine

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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2009-2010 marks SOAR's first operating year. In 2010, there are 82 children on the waiting list for entry to the program. The average SOAR family has four people living on $22,000. Roughly 45 percent are Caucasian, 32% Latino, 14 percent African-American, 6% Bi-Racial and 3% Native American. SOAR works with a network of 10 private schools, all faith-based, which have made a commitment to expand their student populations to include more children in poverty.

Programs

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Program 1

Scholarships, Opportunities & Access

SOAR is building a network of private schools committed to excellence and to opening access to children in economically disadvantaged families. The schools will work with SOAR to help scholarship recipients be successful. The organization expects to disburse the first scholarships in the 2010-11 school year.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$400,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

Greater Racine Area

Funding Needs

SOAR launched its operations in August 2009 and is most in need of seed money to get the program off the ground. The goal in this first year is to raise $300,000 in scholarship funds to be distributed in 2010 to area needy students.

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Soar of Racine Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms Laura Sumner Coon

BIO

Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,  December 2009;

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, with honors, St. Francis Seminary, 2005;

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication-Journalism, with honors, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1980

 

Laura helped lead San Juan Diego Middle School, a nonprofit school serving children in poverty, from 2003-2009, last serving as executive director. She was the director of communication and development for the Racine Dominican Sisters from 1999-2004. Before working for nonprofit organizations, Laura worked from 1980-1999 as reporter and editor for various newspapers, including the Racine Journal Times and the former Milwaukee Journal.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Racine has an educational crisis. More than half of the children in the area are seriously lagging behind their more affluent peers in academic performance and personal growth. This has a rippling effect in this community, which lies in the shadows of Chicago and Milwaukee. Teen pregnancy, gangs and drugs continue to compete with education for our children's interest. Unemployment in Racine has typically been the highest in Wisconsin, not for lack of jobs, but for lack of preparation. SOAR is one solution to this problem."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Angela Bartzen

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Term: May 2009 - May 2010

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