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Congrats to the 2013 SOHO Graduates!

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Artwork by the Old Town SOHO girls, above, and photos from the year’s activities.

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Last Thursday, May 30, the graduates of the 2012–13 Space of Her Own program in Old Town gathered with their mentors and family to celebrate a year of fun and hard work.

Space of Her Own is an arts-based mentorship program that pairs fifth-grade girls with adult mentors for lessons on art and life skills, special outings, and concludes with a bedroom renovation for each SOHO girl. The program started in 2003 as a partnership between the City of Alexandria’s Court Service Unit and The Art League, and became a nonprofit in 2011. It depends on the help of dozens of coordinators, volunteers, and donors.

At Thursday’s graduation ceremony in the Torpedo Factory, the Old Town girls each gave a speech about their experience with the program, and then, together with their mentors, watched a video of the room makeover reveals. Click here to learn more about how you can support SOHO, and see below for photos from the graduation!

Each SOHO girl spoke about her experience and mentor.
Each SOHO girl spoke about her experience and mentor.
The group met weekly for life skills lessons and art projects, which were incorporated into their room makeovers and exhibited at the graduation.
The group met weekly for life skills lessons and art projects, which were incorporated into their room makeovers and exhibited at the graduation.
A special video featured interviews with the girls, their mentors, and clips from the room makeover reveals.
A special video featured interviews with the girls, their mentors, and clips from the room makeover reveals.
The girls and their mentors watching the video.
The girls and their mentors watching the video.

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