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You decide on your level of involvement and how you would like to engage or take action. Choose your cause and course of action based on how much time you have (e.g., donate, share, pledge, advocate, take action offline). You can participate in anything from signing a petition or emailing congress, to providing support to Live Your Dream Award recipients by distributing applications or mentoring.

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Soroptimist Dream Programs

Live Your Dream Awards

Soroptimist Capitola Live Your Dream Award Winners 2016: Francesca Lopez, Leah Resendez and Janelle Bartlett

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream program assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Each year, more than $1.6 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,200 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.

In addition to providing the primary financial support for their families, eligible applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate financial need.

Since the Live Your Dream Awards program began in 1972, about $30 million in education grants have been disbursed to assist tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. In 2007, the program received the Associations Advance America Summit Award—ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership’s highest level of recognition.

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 Programs

Soroptimist’s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. In order to accomplish this goal, the organization manages several international programs and grants. These include:

Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls

Through this award-winning program, Soroptimist disburses cash grants for innovative Soroptimist club projects.

Soroptimists STOP Trafficking

This project raises awareness about the sex trafficking of women and girls, and seeks to encourage citizens, law makers and service providers to focus on this global problem.

Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence

Through this awareness campaign, Soroptimist addresses domestic violence as a workplace concern.