Outreach & Service Learning

Center for the Study of Higher Education

Project SOAR

Project Student Outreach Access & Resiliency is the UA’s premier mentoring program. Project SOAR targets students attending under-resourced middle schools in the Tucson area. The program enrolls approximately 100 UA students per semester who serve as mentors for hundreds of middle-school students.

Native SOAR

Native SOAR focuses on University of Arizona (UA) Native American college students mentoring Native American high school students towards the goals of college access and academic success.  Alongside its mentoring aspect, Native SOAR also encourages families to take part in this experience by participating in our Campus Visits. The campus visits and one-on-one mentoring are designed to encourage and motivate college-going by providing strategies on how to navigate the college experience and processes. In all of its operations, Native SOAR maintains much respect and inclusion for the diversity of cultures and traditions of all Native American communities we serve. The Family Education Model (FEM) and the eight pillars of the American Indian Well-Being Model are pivotal to the program and services Native SOAR offers. The Native SOAR program is supported by the Helios Foundation.


Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a college-prep program that provides underrepresented, low-income, first-generation high school students the social and academic capital building support needed to transition from high school into college.