Parent FAQs

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Training will be held in Mountain View, CA.  

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1.  Who should apply?  What is the profile of an ideal student? 

Help your child figure out his or her life purpose, not just a profession. 

Help your child figure out his or her life purpose, not just a profession. 

  • A student entering high school or in high school can apply (entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.)
  • A student living in the peninsula or south bay of the San Francisco bay area as the location of the training room will be in Mountain View.   
  • A student interested in exploring service in the context of their future goals should apply (note that a student can be interested in any field--technology, medicine, engineering, a non-profit, teacher, social worker, community organizer--and not knowing what they want to be when they grow up is also ok.)   
  • A student who can attend all sessions & has the time to devote to a social-impact project. Read about our curriculum here.
  • A student passionate about making a difference and learning about themselves.   

2.  What are the dates & time commitment for the program? 

  • The program includes a 5-day intensive beginning of the summer followed by weekly meetings over 6 weeks.  See the calendar for all the specific dates & times. 

  • Fellows will be required to spend a minimum of 2-3 hours of time weekly on their social impact project in-between sessions. 

3. How much does the program cost?

  • The program costs $500 for the 5-day intensive, weekly meetings, and monthly meetings throughout the year.  Much of our costs go to meals, materials, and rental facility, as most of the staff does not pay itself. (This number was based on an analysis of leadership development summer programs in the bay area.)  You can apply for a scholarship for a $300 or $100 levels.  However, cost should not be an issue for any person, so please let us know if you need a scholarship, so let us know if you need further assistance.  

4.  Where is the program located?

  • The program will be located in Mountain View in a beautiful classroom setting (location TBD).  

5.  Is there a religious or political component to the program? 

  • The program is not religious and non-denominational.
  • The program is open to all political ideas.    

6.  What are the safety & liability issues? 

  • We will collect health/dietary information 

7.  What is the parent & student ratio? 

  • 3 adults to 20 students, so roughly 1:7 students.  

8.  What kind of food is offered? 

  • Meals are provided 

  • Financial support can be provided for lunch.  

  • This is a peanut-free environment 

9.  How does this compare to a traditional summer camp? 

  • This program is a fellowship, and therefore students will be interviewed, and selected, and ultimately graduate as "Soulforce Fellows," which ultimately is a lifetime commitment.  Please read more about our curriculum.
  • Read about what our students have to say here:  http://lahstalon.org/37330/features/soulforce-revolutionizes-summer-break/
  • Although there is specific programming, there is also the expectation that work is done thorughout the summer. 

10.  How does a student get selected?

  • Parents or students must first apply
  • Students will then be interviewed and selected to ensure they are invested & committed to the program.   
  • Diversity of the cohort across race, gender, schools, income will all come into consideration in creating the fellowship cohort. 

To pay student fees for the program by check or credit card, please go here.