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About SOAR

So Others Ascend Righteously

Purpose: Our purpose is to introduce Writing Training Wheels™ as a tool for learning how to write to heal to empower others to claim their space for themselves and for their community.  

 

Mission: Our mission is to use writing as a tool to create a safe space that promotes healing and emotional literacy to others in underserved communities and to BIPOC women who need to reclaim their collective and individual 

power. 

Goal: Our goal is to debunk myths about writing, to lift voices and for others to

experience the beauty of their own words on paper.

Vision: Our vision is to introduce writing as a healing modality to rebuild our village in circles of safe spaces that promote mentorship for a continuum of care where others thrive.

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For over 30 years, SOAR has conducted Writing for Healing workshops for various community organizations in and outside of the Washington, DC Metro area: Girls Write Now, Break free Education for incarcerated youth, D.C.’s Green Zone Environment (GZEP) Summer Youth Employment Program; the Maya Angelou Youth Adult Literacy Program, HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive); My Sister's Place; The House of Ruth; The Regional Addiction

Prevention Program (RAP); Crossing the River, a program for at- risk women; North Carolina’s HIV Symposium for Historically Black Colleges and Universities; The Empowerment Program, St. Ann’s Infant Home, AmeriCorps Literary conference in Houston, Texas, and North Carolina’s AIDS Alliance: Life is Golden Empowerment Retreat.

Our Successes

The Writing for Healing Workshops and retreats have empowered various women and men who are part of organizations such as: HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive); My Sister's Place; The House of Ruth women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence; The Regional Addiction Prevention program (RAP); and Crossing the River, a program for at risk women and North Carolina’s HIV Symposium for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. SOAR has also facilitated workshops for the AmeriCorps Literary conference in Houston, Texas and for North Carolina’s AIDs Alliance’s: Life is Golden Empowerment Retreat and most recently have used their techniques to introduce D. C’s Department of Energy summer youth workers to the importance of storm water drains to create community wellness. Participants have shared how the workshops taught them “women aren’t my competition” and how they never knew the “beauty of [their] own words.” Where their voices were annihilated, SOAR gives them the space for them to be validated.  

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