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Let us help you Live Your Dream!

Our 2022 Live Your Dream winners have been selected and they will be announced shortly. Each will be presented with a $2,000 cash award that they may use to help them continue to complete their education, including paying rent, car repairs, medical bills, food or clothing.

While we typically hold an in-person celebration with our winners every year, we may not be able to do so this year due to the virus. However, we are working on an alternative way to honor these deserving women.

Here is the testimonial from Jamie S., our 2019 Live Your Dream winner:

“I greatly appreciate the Live Your Dream award for so many reasons, not only for the financial stability but all of the unforeseen blessings that followed. The amazing ladies at Soroptimist gave me a special gift by lifting me up and celebrating me for my courage and strength to start my life over as a newly single mother in recovery and as a student at Cabrillo. Today my son and I are thriving in Santa Cruz; I transferred to UCSC (during the pandemic) and majoring in Community Studies. Any chance I get to pay things forward to the less fortunate, I take advantage of because I know how special I felt when I received the Live Your Dream award.”

Our 2021 Live Your Dream Winners are Here!

The winners are Pia Massaro, Claire Palazzo and Precious Steeves. Read their stories here.

Pia Massaro
Claire Palazzo
Precious Steeves

Dream It, Be It

The Dream It, Be It: Career Success for Girls program will help girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults. This program targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams.

Soroptimist clubs work in partnership with girls in small groups or a conference setting to provide them with the information and resources they want and need to be successful. The topics covered include career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures.

Other Soroptimist of Capitola-by-the-Sea Programs

Stop Human Trafficking—our club partners with the Santa Cruz Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW-SCC) to raise awareness of sex trafficking locally and around the world through workshops and other special events.

LiveYourDream.org Online Community

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LiveYourDream.org is an online activist network community of people who wish to support woman and girls in their quest to lead better lives, while gaining inspiration in their own lives. Anyone can sign up, members and non-members!

Check out the YouTube video below, then choose your cause and course of action based on how much time or resources you have to give (e.g., donate, share, pledge, advocate, take action offline).

Sign up today on the liveyourdream.org website, and become part of a self-motivated online volunteer and activist network that offers flexible advocacy and action opportunities to improve the lives of women and girls and help them live their dreams!

For inspiring articles, personal stories, tips and resources on education, career, finance and lifestyle, visit the LiveYourDream.org blog.