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.