SOHO Transforms Lives
Space of Her Own, Inc. (SOHO) is an award-winning 501 (c) (3) charitable organization committed to helping girls avoid delinquency, live healthfully, communicate openly, progress academically and give back to others in order to lead fulfilling lives. Three girls’ programs operate from Alexandria and Arlington, VA. Each program supports 12 youth.
The SOHO Clubs, one for girls and one for boys, provide activities and services to SOHO youth and their mentors throughout their middle school years, in order to promote long-term mentoring relationships and ongoing learning opportunities
Art as a Catalyst
SOHO is designed to teach girls to value creativity using unique visual arts and carpentry instruction. Girls learn to see the arts as a means of expression and an endeavor at which all can succeed.
Positive Female Role Models
SOHO recruits and trains outstanding adult mentors who reinforce the social skills development of SOHO girls. Mentors discuss life skills lessons with their mentees at the beginning of each weekly session and engage with them as they work on creative visual arts, carpentry and design projects. We ask the mentors who work with our program to be friends and guides for their mentees, inspiring SOHO girls to become the best they can be.
More than Mentoring
SOHO is more than a mentoring program. Our unique partnership with Alexandria’s 18th District Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Service Unit, public schools in Alexandria and Arlington, social workers and other community partners allows us to provide specialized social services and make needed referrals to community resources for the SOHO girls and their families.
SOHO Reaches Youth in Need
In the following video, Space of Her Own, Inc. founder and Executive Director Linda Odell describes the volunteerism of the trained professionals who mentor with SOHO.