Hello, from Linda O.!
You have made a big difference in the lives of children in need! Thanks to your support, SOHO has served 360 youth and 98 percent of them have not become involved in the juvenile court system. My initial goals in starting SOHO in 2003 were to prevent crime through mentoring, show children how to use free time constructively and strive to meet the needs of girls from low-income families who experience a variety of risk factors. Enthusiasm from the community–and from you–has enabled us to develop quality life skills lessons and projects that build interest and skills in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math). SOHO continues to grow, thanks to donors who fund all aspects of our programs and volunteer mentors who have collectively contributed over 52,500 hours of their time. YOU have helped to make SOHO’s kids thrive!
Current SOHO Happenings
34 new fifth grade girls have been matched with 34 new volunteer adult female mentors, and 104 youth and mentors participate with the SOHO Club for sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
SOHO earned membership with the Virginia Mentoring Partnership after participating in a national mentor program improvement process with The National Mentoring Partnership, funded by the MacArthur Foundation and conducted by Brown University. SOHO is one of just 10, of approximately 150, mentoring organizations in Virginia to have successfully completed this process.
SOHO’s amazing partnership with The Art League enables girls to learn from professional artists how to take and develop photographs, create clay animation videos and make ceramic vases and bowls.
Girls further develop their STEAM skills by building and wiring lamps, making shelves and creating personalized keepsake boxes and other items for their bedrooms.
Room makeovers are in their design stages and will begin in late April.
Donated bunk beds and loft beds are needed! Let us know if you can help! Email email@example.com
Save the date – April 25!
Paying it forward: SOHO Girl becomes SOHO Mentor!