This Week: Support the SOHO mentoring program for at-risk pre-teen girls

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End Date: Fri, 10/21/2011 - 11:59pm
Help The Art League raise $2,500 for the award-winning SOHO mentoring program!

This week, help The Art League raise $2,500 for the creative materials critical to the success of the award-winning SOHO mentoring program.

For most of us, having our own room with our own furniture as a child is normal. For girls in the Art League's  Space of Her Own (SOHO) program, it’s not.

Take Blanca. Describing herself as lonely and sometimes sad, Blanca's family was in trouble and she was missing school. She and her sister shared an old, stained mattress and kept their clothing in plastic bags. After completing the SOHO program, Blanca’s room is now filled with furniture that she and her mentor Anna refinished, pillows they quilted, art work they created together, and a new bunk bed with bright pink floral bedding. But most importantly, Blanca is optimistic about her life, her school attendance is excellent, and she is succeeding academically.

SOHO, a collaborative effort between The Art League and Alexandria's Court Service Unit, builds social skills and self-esteem, and keeps at-risk pre-teen girls out of the court system by providing yearlong mentoring with life skills instruction, creative art activities and meaningful community service projects. Each volunteer mentor makes a one-year commitment to the program, fostering a long-term relationship that culminates in the renovation of each girl's bedroom, HGTV-style. The promise of a gorgeous new bedroom is the hook for the girls, but the payoff for all of us is substantial - 92% of girls who complete the program do not become court involved.

Help the Art League continue the life-changing work of the SOHO program by donating $25 today.

Take Action Today

Click on the Take ACTion button to donate $25 to the SOHO program today.  You’ll be sent to The Art League’s SOHO fundraising website to make your donation. The Mason Hirst Foundation will provide up to $500 in matching funds to double the impact of your donation.

With your help, the SOHO girls will learn valuable lessons that will serve them over their lifetimes.

About The Art League
Founded in 1954, The Art League, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational nonprofit organization. The League is a multifaceted visual arts organization that meets its mission through its gallery, fine art school, art supply store, and arts-outreach programs.

About Space of Her Own
SOHO--Space of Her Own, Inc. is an art-based organization that serves pre-teen girls by providing yearlong mentoring through engagement in life skills instruction, creative art activities and meaningful community service projects. Each volunteer mentor makes a one-year commitment to the program, which fosters long-term relationships and culminates in the renovation of each girl's bedroom, HGTV-style. SOHO utilizes evidence-based life skills curricula and the National Mentoring Partnership's model program guidelines.

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