• Space of Her Own, Inc.

    SOHO Reaches Youth Most in Need of Support

    Space of Her Own founder and Executive Director, Linda Odell tells how SOHO works year round with trained professionals who volunteer to mentor economically and academically challenged girls and boys and to build the skills, confidence and drive they need to succeed in school and in life.

  • SOHO Transforms Lives

    Space of Her Own, Inc. (SOHO), and its preteen boys program, Space of His Own, is an award winning Northern Virginia, 501 (C) (3) charitable organization committed to helping at risk youth avoid delinquency and succeed in school.

    Creativity, Life Skills Building, and Intensive Afterschool Learning, Combine to Improve Outcomes for Disadvantage Youth.

    Using art as the catalyst, SOHO is designed to teach at risk girls and boys to value creativity, live healthy lives, communicate openly, progress academically and give back to others. SOHO recruits and trains outstanding adult mentors who reinforce SOHO’s social skills development program conducted throughout the school year for low-income, under-preforming and at risk pre-teen youth. Mentors encourage young people as they explore creative and engaging visual arts, carpentry, and space design, and increase their understanding of science, technology, engineering and math through practical application.

    SOHO’s comprehensive mentorship and afterschool learning helps close the achievement gap resulting from economic disparity, cultural challenges and other risk factors that place some students at a disadvantage in school and in life.

    In the past 5 years, SOHO has succeeded in achieving a 96% rate for non-court involvement, and measurable improvement in social skills and learning for the 212 students who have thus far participated in the multiyear SOHO mentorship program.

    SOHO’s unique approach to one-to-one mentorship and creative learning also includes:

    * Engaging youth in community service projects that address community issues such as hunger, health and housing and enable youth to gain greater exposure to the importance of community involvement and to practice experiential learning and life skills.

    * Building healthy eating habits for preteen participants through SOHO’s meals program provided during the year-long afterschool learning sessions which include instruction in nutritious eating.

    * Designing and renovating each young person’s room using crafts and furnishings created in SOHO art classes and knowledge gained in interior design and technology-based spatial design sessions, to create each student’s “space of her/his own” to study and gain self-confidence.

    Join SOHO and support positive outcomes for youth as a mentor, contributor, instructor and volunteer.

On Wednesday, May 27th, Space of Her Own and Cafe Pizzaiolo will team up to help disadvantaged girls in Arlington. Cafe Pizzaiolo will generously donate 15% of all dine sales to SOHO for the entire day. SOHO will feature a silent auction from 5-8 pm featuring donated goods from local businesses including Great American Restaurants, […]

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On Wednesday, April 22nd, SOHO’s supporters rallied on one day to give back to the Alexandria community. With the support of program staff, mentors, family and friends, SOHO raised over $9000 to fund room renovations for the next program year. SOHO hosted a Spring2Action fundraising event at the King Street Bertucci’s in Old Town to […]

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The month of December is frequently acknowledged as the start of the season of giving, but for many giving is an aspect of everyday life that is not bound by time of year, neither circumstances, nor age. “Helping People Can Change the World” Nine year old friends Maggie and Claire set out to make a difference […]

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