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Mission Statement

To improve academic achievement, self-esteem, social competence, and avoidance of problematic behaviors by providing a relationship with a caring adult mentor who works to help students achieve their academic goals.


Vision Statement:

Our vision is that all students in our mentorship program will be able to maximize their potential by shaping a brighter future through access to a mentor who will support their academic, social and emotional growth.


SOAR Mentoring Services was featured on TV 20 about our nonprofit organization playing a role in assisting with fundraiser set up for family of mother, infant shot and killed in Gainesville. We would like to Thank all those who donated to the family. 

As we have closed the donations for this cause, we are currently taking donations for future events to include The "Who Am I" seminars and The Community Come Together Day during Black History Month. 


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SOAR Mentoring Services was founded in 2020 by Chanda Mayes, who is a native of Gainesville, Florida.  Chanda was raised on the Eastside of Gainesville by her parents, Patrick  (a Vietnam Veteran who is now deceased) and Eldora Mayes.  Chanda was raised with her two brothers Earl Foster (Deceased) and Adrian Mayes.  Chanda attended Duval Elementary School (now known as Duval Early Learning Academy), Howard Bishop Middle School and graduated from Gainesville High School.  Chanda is also a graduate of Saint Leo University, graduating with a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration on Health Care Management.  Chanda is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.
Chanda is a single parent of 3 boys (Kishon, Kidron and Arneeke) and has been very instrumental in volunteering with the Alachua County School System, at schools that her boys attended and within the community.  Raising 3 boys as a single parent, Chanda knows the heartaches, pains and struggles as a single parent raising three black males, which played an instrumental role in the reason she decided to start SOAR Mentoring Services in order to help the youth in and around our community and to give back.




For any inquiries, questions or donations, please call: 352-681-0147 or fill out the following form below.

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Head Office

2153 SE Hawthorne Road

Gainesville, FL 32641

*by appointment only*

Tel: 352-681-0147


To apply to be a mentor or mentee with Soar Mentoring services, please email us at