How does the program help motivate students?
As part of the academic program, participants work with college tutors, who often
become positive role models for Cal-SOAP participants. Motivational support is provided
The tutor/peer advisors are college students who are often from backgrounds similar
to those of the students and with whom the students can identify. These college tutors
and peer advisors understand where the students are coming from and the challenges
they experience. Tutors/peer advisors will meet with students in a classroom or college/career
center and provide academic or advisement assistance. Cal-SOAP tutors are placed at
either junior high schools, high schools, or youth centers. They work with students
to encourage them to be academically successful so that they can be eligible to attend
a college or university. Tutors are supervised by Cal-SOAP site coordinators and on-site
staff that help coordinate our collaboration efforts. Cal-SOAP strives to establish
strong connections between the schools we service and local colleges and universities.
How does Cal-SOAP help students learn more about colleges?
As part of the advisement program, Cal-SOAP offers activities that increase knowledge
among students and their parents about college preparation and financial aid availability.
At Cal-SOAP sponsored events, tutors/peer advisors provide information to students
and parents on admissions, financial aid, and support services. Students may also
receive help with completing college applications and admission forms. Tutors/peer
advisors are available to meet with students in groups as well as in individual sessions
at school sites to tutor primarily core subjects such as English, Math, and Science.
Additional services include:
- Career planning
- Financial aid information and assistance
- College and career fairs
Cal-SOAP administers the following programs:
To receive Cal-SOAP services a student must be enrolled at any of our partnership
schools. Otherwise, please contact the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center for
tutoring sessions for students in non-Cal-SOAP partnership schools.
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