Emily Barranca '19 doing face painting with a Dare2Soar student at an end-of-year celebration in 2017. 

Dare 2 Soar

Program Overview

Dare 2 Soar is Swarthmore College's largest and oldest tutoring group, serving hundreds of Chester, PA children aged K-12. It was founded as a student-run organization by Khadijah White '04 with Francisca Mata '04 and Greg Lok '04, with a mission "to provide elementary school students and families of Chester with positive role models of color that attend college and serve the community," and "to demonstrate to the children what social action is truly about so that they might one day continue this mission."

After the founders' graduation, and in order to continue meeting Chester students' needs, Chester native and Lang Center staff member Cynthia Jetter '74 assumed responsibility for Dare 2 Soar's ongoing operations. (Ms. Jetter's achievements have been honored by the Chester Education Foundation's establishment of the Jetter Center.) The Dare 2 Soar program has since been run out of the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility by Ms. Jetter and, after her retirement, by Ashley Henry and Delores Robinson (in collaboration with Swarthmore faculty members and Chester-based organizations). Dare 2 Soar continues to provide Swarthmore tutors as well as Chester students with academic and cultural enrichment, personal growth, and recreational activities.

For AY 21-22, Dare 2 Soar's partner sites are:

Students interested in getting involved should sign up using the interest form here to receive more information about Dare 2 Soar's tutoring sites, the schedule and logistics, and why tutoring and having a connection to Chester is important! For additional questions, please contact Ashley Henry (ahenry1), Program Manager.

Dare 2 Soar Student Coordinators

  • Chester Eastside, Inc.: Connor Barrett '24
  • Chester Children's Chorus: Katie Carlson '23