What we ask:

mentor requirements

Ready to be a SOHO mentor? Volunteer applicants must complete the following application process:

  1. Attend an orientation session
  2. Complete an application
  3. Provide three references
  4. Interview
  5. Provide fingerprints for a criminal background check

mentor commitment

Commit to missing no more than three SOHO sessions and to arriving at each group meeting promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Those who successfully complete this initial process and pass the criminal background check are invited to attend two mentor training sessions, two initial group meetings, and to participate with girls and mentors on our mandatory kick- off weekend camping trip scheduled for the end of September at Camp Kekoka in Kilmarnock, VA. No mentors are matched with mentees until this entire process is complete.

A SOHO mentor demonstrates a positive and enthusiastic attitude, is reliable, and is able to arrive on time for meetings. The ability to bond with SOHO girls and fellow mentors is essential. Successful SOHO applicants are flexible, roll with the punches and are able to embrace diversity in cultures, thoughts and behaviors.

SOHO staff members provide training, support and guidance throughout the program year.

Additionally, mentors need to live and work in the Washington, D.C. metro area and plan to do so for the foreseeable future. Consistent access to email and reliable transportation is required. While the majority of SOHO meetings are scheduled on established weekly meeting nights, mentors need to be resourceful and able to shop for room renovations, recruit a team of friends and/or family, and devote a spring weekend for the room makeover. Mentors commit to meeting with their mentees to complete community service projects throughout the summer months that follow the SOHO graduation. We are hopeful that you and your mentee will both desire to continue your relationship well beyond the initial one-year commitment. In the event that the relationship needs to end, mentors agree to provide closure with, and formally say goodbye to, their mentees. They also provide assistance with SOHO’s program evaluation.

SOHO does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and expression, age or ability.

Mentor one child. Change two lives!