SOHO’s mission is to empower disadvantaged girls and boys with social, emotional, academic & creative enrichment through mentoring.
Did you know that youth who are mentored are 60% more likely to graduate from high school and are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs?
SOHO-Space of Her Own and Space of His Own
Every day young girls and boys are faced with critical decisions that can have life-long consequences. Many feel helpless without adequate support systems. Space Of Her Own, Inc. (SOHO) and its boy’s pilot program, Space of His Own, are local Alexandria nonprofits that help guide and support disadvantaged 5th grade youth by pairing them with professional men and women for a yearlong structured mentoring program.
Using art and carpentry as the catalyst, SOHO is designed to teach program participants to value creativity, live healthy lives, communicate openly, and give back to others. In the end, SOHO not only provides youth with a personalized creative study space, but also empowers them with the confidence to succeed.
We Need Your Support
To date, SOHO has served 203 youth – that means 203 room renovations and an immeasurable impact made on the lives of 203 girls and boys. With your help, we can do even more! We aim to fund 24 room renovations and 24 new mattresses for this year’s program participants through the Spring2Action campaign.
SOHO operates on a shoestring budget, and each donation helps us take another stride towards the future. The program is run by volunteers, social workers and teachers, operating on just $10,000 per year. Since fall 2014, we have established two new girl’s programs, developed an advanced life skills curriculum, and expanded our yearly camping trips to include the boy’s program.
Help us to continue to foster long-term relationships, encourage program youth to excel and expand our program. We can’t do it without supporters like you!
- To reach disadvantaged girls in local communities and prevent juvenile criminal involvement
- To have a lasting impact by fostering one-to-one mentor and peer group relationships beyond the first-year structured program
- To engage all participating youth through arts and carpentry instruction. We seek to empower program participants to see the visual arts as an endeavor at which all can succeed, and which can serve as an outlet for self-expression and creativity
- To develop life skills in the areas of healthy eating, social skills, anger management, conflict resolution, etiquette and community service
- To provide every participant with a personalized space of her or his own that encourages creativity, conveys a sense of value and worth, and gives a lasting reminder of her or his circle of support and care.
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