In July 2014, Soroptimist International of the Americas will launch a new global program to help girls take control of their lives and live their dreams. As the Women’s opportunity Awards is SIA’s cornerstone program for assisting women, this new girl program will be the primary way SIA will assist girls. Concepts and research was approved by the board of directors in June 2013.
The draft goal of the program is “girls will have the
resources they need to pursue their career goals.” This will include providing girls with information on available careers, goal setting, pursuing goals and overcoming setbacks. In addition to providing guidance, financial support will be available at the region and federation level for girls to pursue their educational and career goals.
Clubs will be asked to begin preparing to participate in this program during the 2014-2015 club year and will be provided with a Planning Toolkit that will contain information on:
- conducting a community assessment;
- Identifying community partners;
- choosing between small group mentoring and a conference working with girls including ways to involve them in the planning, and;
- planning next steps.
Kayce Jennings, Senior Producer of the documentary film Girl Rising, will be the keynote speaker to help set the stage for this exciting new program!