Space of His Own


Our Mission

Space of His Own(SOHO) provides preteen boys with one-on-one volunteer adult mentors to foster social, emotional, academic and creative enrichment. Youth engage through visual arts, carpentry and life skills classes and work with their mentors to transform their bedrooms and build bright futures. Our programs prevent juvenile delinquency and promote success in school.


Once a week mentors and mentees come together to do hands-on carpentry and visual arts projects taught by qualified volunteers. Before the mentors arrive, the boys are engaged in life skills lessons that range from conflict resolution to organization skills. Through our carpentry component students learn practical skills while being guided and supported by positive adult mentors. Beginning in September the program runs until June, culminating in mentors working in teams to renovate their mentees’ bedrooms. After the initial program year, mentors and mentees continue to go on outings and attend SOHO alumni events, continuing their mentoring relationship for many years.


Educational, governmental and social services organizations throughout Northern Virginia recognize that multiple factors influence the ability of low-income young people to succeed in school and in life, including a lack of economic opportunity, access to afterschool learning, community service opportunities and cultural institutions that support a child’s development. Furthermore, many of the youth experience inconsistent relationships with positive adults.

In 2013, seeing the need for mentor programs among the cities male youth, SOHO, Inc. partnered with Alexandria’s Juvenile Court Service Unit and the Alexandria Seaport Foundation to pilot Space of His Own, to become the male counterpart to Space of Her Own. Now in its third year, SOHO has served 31 local boys by providing them with weekly life skills lessons, nutritious meals and successful adult mentors. All of our Space of His Own graduates have demonstrated dramatic improvements in life skills and 97% have not become court-involved.

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Space of His Own Spotlight: Mentor Joshua Speaks about His Mentee, Josue

At the beginning of the year Josue was on the shyer side. His mentor, Joshua, noticed that when they would go out together, he would not speak to strangers or even order at restaurants. With each subsequent outing, Joshua pushed Josue a little more to speak up, and his mentee slowly began to open up and find his voice. Josue displayed his newfound confidence at the SOHO end-of-the-year Community Celebration, where he spoke in front of a large group of friends, families, and supporters. Their bond has continued to strengthen since the close of the school year. During the summer, Joshua and Josue spent time together playing laser tag and bowling with other mentor/mentee pairs. Josue is comfortable asking his mentor for help with homework, and the two often walk in the park. Joshua is proud of Josue, commenting that “he just needed a little encouragement, and I can see that he stands taller around others.”



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Space of His Own is fortunate to work with amazing sponsors and partners that help serve our overall mission by providing quality volunteer teachers, products and support. SOHO currently partners with the Alexandria Court Service Unit, Alexandria Seaport Foundation, PGAL Architecture Firm, Home Depot and a variety of other community organizations.

In 2013 we partnered with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation to pilot the first year of Space of His Own. Since then they have continued to support the program by providing volunteers and apprentice carpenters to teach classes and provide expert woodworking advice.

For 3 years now Home Depot has supported SOHO by providing professional instruction and materials to all of our participating youth.


    520 King St. Suite 100, Alexandria VA 22314 (703) 746-4501
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