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Bridging perspectives. Convening community. Creating shared solutions.
Since our inception in 2004, Soar has served as a pioneer in spearheading key early learning and youth development efforts. We convene community partners, funders, and decision-makers to improve service access, build community capacity, and strengthen the systems that support children and families.
Like any small organization, Soar has gone through many changes: location, staff, leadership, and even our mission. Through all our growth, we remained constant in our endeavor: to create spaces where communities can come together and work collectively to improve conditions and outcomes for children, youth and families in King County.
Explore Our History
Early Childhood and School Readiness Action Agenda
Soar convenes community partners to develop an Early Childhood and School Readiness Action Agenda, a plan to improve school readiness in King County. This plan was put forth by Community Action Teams resulting in public awareness, community-based projects, and policy changes at local, regional, and state levels.
Soar is formed
Project Lift-Off eventually merged with the United Way of King County Children’s Initiative, resulting in the creation of Soar. Its mission at the time was “helping kids reach for the sky.”
King County Action Agenda for School-Aged Children
Soar and its partners create the King County Action Agenda for School-Age Children and Youth. This agenda offers goals and strategies to improve the success of children 6-18 in school and life by streamlining resources and connecting youth work that was already happening throughout King County.
King County Early Learning Coalition
Soar becomes the host organization for the King County Early Learning Coalition (KCELC), a community of early learning stakeholders working together to eliminate inequities within the early learning system. KCELC is a member of Washington Communities for Children, a network of ten Early Learning Regional Coalitions serving Washington State.
King County Youth Advisory Council
A New Horizon
Responding to significant external changes in early learning and youth development systems, Soar engaged in stakeholder inquires about future priorities and directions. From those conversations, Soar redefined its mission: to elevate community voice so children, youth and families are actively engaged in policies and decisions that impact their lives.
Opportunity Youth United Seattle
Soar, in partnership with Opportunity Youth United (OYU), forms OYU Seattle. OYU Seattle is part of a national youth led grassroots movement that aims to create a society in which equality, justice, and love. OYU Seattle works with young leaders between the ages of 16-35 to focus on policies and politics that impact young people who have faced barriers in school, work, and other institutions.
Committed to Our Values
At Soar, we are proud to work with some of the most dedicated and passionate organizations around King County and beyond. Check out some of our partners below!