SOAR Career Solutions

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Duluth, MN   |  www.soarcareers.org

Mission

SOAR inspires personal transformation through career development.

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Emily Edison

Main address

205 West 2nd St., Suite 101

Duluth, MN 55802-1902 USA

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Formerly known as

Project SOAR

EIN

41-1449179

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (MN DEED) reports Duluth’s current unemployment rate at 3.3%, the skills, education and racial employment gaps have enormous implications for Duluth’s low income populations and the city’s economic competitiveness. SOAR Career Solutions provides stabilization and employment and training services to individuals living at or below 50% poverty to help them gain sustainable employment, transition out of poverty and positively impact the Duluth economy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Career Services

SOAR provides affordable, holistic and creative career planning services to job seekers and career changers. We offer workshops, training and one-on-one coaching.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We help people successfully transition from incarceration to being productive members of the community. Participants benefit from case management and support with issues such as housing and transportation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOAR was founded in 1983 as Project SOAR to help women gain skills to enter into the workforce. In 2005, the name changed to SOAR Career Solutions and now supports both men and women with their career development needs.
Mission: SOAR inspires personal transformation through career development.
SOAR provides innovative programming that moves people to sustainable employment, contributing to a prosperous community.
Goal 1: Programming will reflect the needs of the clients so that,
• 80% of clients increase knowledge and/or skills in employment services;
• 70% of clients enrolled in programming obtain diploma/GED, certification, credential and/or degree; and
• 50% of clients enrolled in programming obtain employment.
Goal 2: Increase both individual and corporate donations by 30% over previous year.
Goal 3: SOAR is recognized and respected as a leader in re-entry and career development and workforce and is accessed by people of all socio-economic levels.

Participants work 1:1 with SOAR Career Specialists to address job search and retention skills. Utilizing an individual’s Holland Code, D.I.S.C., TABE and Learning Style assessment results, Career Specialists work with the participant to identify their skills and interests and develop an individualized education and/or employment plan. Career Specialists utilize MN Dept of Employment &Economic Development’s employment outlook data tools to identify occupations in demand for the Northeast region, determine educational needs and pay structures for different occupational fields, and identify occupational projections. Together, the participants and Career Specialists will work on finding the right employment and focus on topics such as: career planning, resume writing, interview skills, and holistic stability planning. SOAR staff refer participants to appropriate agencies as individual needs arise but continue to manage the caseloads for up to one year after obtaining employment.

Leadership staff is well-established and has multiple years’ of combined grant/contract management experience. SOAR partners with local workforce entities to implement short-term job skills trainings to help clients obtain certifications and/or credentials in occupations that are in high-demand industries. SOAR is currently recruiting clients for over-the-road truck drivers, certified nursing assistants, health care workers and machine operators. Trainings are implemented in partnership with the Duluth Workforce Center, Adult Basic Education, Lake Superior College and employer partners.

Since 2006, SOAR has been awarded over $4.48 million in Federal funds, $1.68 million in MN state funds, and $1.64 million in local funds. Evaluation and data management systems are well established and sufficient to report on reporting requirements. Leadership staff is well-established and has multiple years’ of combined grant/contract management experience. Since inception, SOAR has worked with over 13,000 individuals.

In Fiscal Year 2017-18:
91% of clients demonstrate an increased knowledge and/or skills in employment services;
79% of clients enrolled in programming obtain diploma/GED, certification, credential and/or degree; and
78% of clients enrolled in programming obtain employment.
31% three-year recidivism rate; compared to 68% three-year national average; and
Reduction of reliance on public assistance on an average of $4,773 per person per year.

Financials

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Operations

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SOAR Career Solutions

Board of directors
as of 03/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Danielle Buchberger

Essentia Health

Term: 2020 - 2023

Danielle Buchberger

Essentia Health

Tricia Hobbs

Thrivent Financial

Mary Bode

Halvor Lines

Laura Krollman

MN Power

Tricia Hobbs

City of Duluth

Jessica Sterle

Owner, Sterle Law

Carrie Schneider

Attorney at Law

Nate Bronk

Lake Superior College

Jessica McCarthy

City of Duluth

Chris Brommel

CW Technology

Alyssa Peoples

Lake Community Health Care

Joanna Sackette

Denfeld High School

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/8/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data