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A program helping young ex-offenders find a pathway in life

Project SOAR is a re-entry program. One SOAR program is for  for 18 – 24 year old Harrisburg youth.  A second SOAR program is for 25 and older. SOAR is a comprehensive reentry program that will address the challenges of young adults who have been involved in the criminal justice system. The SOAR program will help these youth make a successful transitions back into the community. 

The intent of the initiative is to protect community safety by ensuring that these individuals (1) become productive members of society, (2) are provided positive opportunities to engage in employment and/or education, (3) maintain long-term employment, (4) sustain a stable residence, and (5) successfully address their substance abuse and mental health issues.

The SOAR participants will be assessed on their risk factors for obtaining success by using a research based delivery model called IRES (Integrated Reentry and Employment Service).    This assessment tool helps to determine the likelihood that a person will reoffend as well as his or her level of job readiness.  Based on the assessment, the participant could receive anyor all of these services: academic training, vocational training, intense case management, and stackable/portable credentials training.

Since this diverse population has a variety of needs, the program will provide tailored services based on each individual's assessment.  The IRES model is designed to reduce recidivism and increase job readiness for reentry participants.

Project SOAR is funded by U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, FOA # ETA-17-2, CFDA # 17.270.    OIC of America is the grantee and Tri-County OIC is one of four subcontractors to implement this grant across the country.        

Project SOAR is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Project SOAR is 87% funded by three U.S. Department of Labor Grants ($2,150,874), 4% funded by state and/ or local governmental resources ($100,000), and 9% funded through non-governmental resources ($211,400).

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it. SOAR program is an equal opportunity employer/program, and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


SOAR Referral Form

SOAR services are available to youth between the ages of 18-24 and adults 25 and older who have had involvement with the juvenile or adult justice systems and live in the City of Harrisburg.  If you have any questions concerning SOAR, please call Christina Johnson 717-238–7318 or email at 


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