Space of His Own (SOHO), a creative mentoring program sponsored by Alexandria’s Juvenile Court Services, meets throughout the school year one night a week from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The program provides fifth grade boys in need of positive adult male role models with one-to-one mentoring and creative carpentry lessons.
SOHO teaches valuable life skills through hands on activities such as carpentry, fishing and sports activities. Similar to its sister program, Space of Her Own, the program culminates in June with a renovation of each boy’s bedroom.
We are seeking 12 diverse, fun & caring adult males to begin mentoring with the program in September. No mentoring or carpentry experience is required, and training will be provided.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on mentor orientation sessions and the next steps to become a mentor with the SOHO program.
We ask that mentors 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 the interview process and pass the criminal background check are invited to attend two mentor training sessions, two initial group meetings, and to participate with youth in a weekend program kick-off event. Mentors are matched with mentees after the program kickoff.
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 boys 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.
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