SOAR Re-entry Program

In collaboration with OIC of America through the U.S. Department of Labor, Philadelphia OIC offers services catered to young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 who have been involved in the juvenile or adult justice system and reside in designated high-poverty, high-crime communities in Philadelphia.

The goal of the SOAR re-entry program is to assist justice involved young adults make a successful transition back to the community by helping them become productive, responsible, and law-abiding citizens.

Program participants are provided with the support they need to be able to overcome the many of challenges faced upon release from incarceration. Support services include the following:

  • Education training such as AED/GED or High School Diploma (18-21only)
  • Gain workforce employable skill leading to career in Culinary Arts, Construction Trade, Smart Energy, or Environmental Services
  • Employment & job placement assistance in the selected area of study
  • Facilitate referral to the Health and Human services needed to successfully address substance abuse issues and/or mental health needs.

Program Background

OIC’s national office, OIC of America, was awarded $4.5M Department of Labor (DOL) re-entry grant to serve young adults between the ages of 18 – 24 who have been involved in the juvenile or adult justice system. The grant is a sub-award from a $4.5M Department of Labor (DOL) re-entry grant won by our national office, OIC of America.

Today, a select group of OIC affiliates are executing a national initiative named SOAR (Skills and Opportunities for Achievement & Responsibility) to reduce recidivism, as a response to mass incarceration in the U.S.

The nationwide SOAR program applies a comprehensive “reentry” strategy to address a range of challenges in helping formerly incarcerated young adults make a successful transition back into their communities. This program takes a surgical approach to reduce recidivism using the evidence-based model Integrated Re-entry and Employment Strategies (IRES) to place participants on a sustainable career path, while working to prevent future involvement with the justice system.  The model was first tested by OIC of South Florida and is now being replicated throughout the OIC network.

Over the next three years, OIC of America will implement SOAR at its local affiliates located in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA, Clark County, OH, and Wilson, NC. Currently, OIC of America is executing the SOAR program at three of its affiliates in Minneapolis, MN and one in Miami, FL.

Apply for the SOAR Program

Documentation Needed

  • Driver’s license or state issued identification card
  • Social Security Card
  • Acceptable Documentation for Court Involvement (i.e., court report of charges, public record search or Criminal Investigation Bureau arrest records.)

Date of birth:



Do you currently live in (other than a justice system facility), have lived or are moving to one of the following zip codes? (If no, stop here.)
 Yes No

In which ZIP code do you currently live?

Do you currently have a driver's license or state issued identification card?
 Yes No

Do you have a social security card?

Do you have two or more prior adult convictions?
 Yes No

Were you arrested under age 16?
 Yes No

Are you currently under the supervision of the justice system?
 Yes No

Are you under an alternative sentence by the justice system or under a diversion programs as an alternative to prosecution?
 Yes No

Are you on probation or parole?
 Yes No

Have you ever been convicted of a sex crime other than prostitution?
 Yes No

Are you currently employed?
 Yes No

Are you willing to participate in trainings for 2-8 weeks if they produce higher wages?
 Yes No