Awarded to women who serve as primary wage earners for their families, and who seek assistance to go back to school or to receive special training. Since 1972, this program has awarded more than $30 million globally. Tens of thousands of women have overcome poverty, domestic and sexual violence, divorce, the death of a spouse, or other life challenges. They are women—just like you—who had the courage and determination to turn their lives around.
Recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, including books, childcare, and transportation. The program begins on the club level, where award amounts vary. Club recipients become eligible to receive region-level awards, which are granted through Soroptimist’s 28 geographic regions. Currently, each Soroptimist region grants one first-place award for $5,000. Annual application deadlines are November 15. Application forms and additional information can be found at https://www.soroptimist.org/our-work/live-your-dream-awards/apply-for-the-live-your-dream-awards.html
Dream It, Be It provides girls with the guidance and resources they need to achieve their goals. In the first five years since its inception, Dream It, Be It has reached more than 73,000 girls in 14 countries and territories. Girls come out with more confidence, new tools to overcome obstacles, and achievable goals for their future. Our Ventura club joins with clubs in Oxnard and Simi Valley each year to bring together high school-age young girls to attend a one day, interactive seminar. The topics covered include:
SIV provides funds for the purchase of high quality stethoscopes, engraved with our Club logo, to nursing students at Ventura Community College. Our recipients have told us that they were provided with a good start in their nursing education. They will be able to use these stethoscopes well into their nursing careers. We think of this as something from our hearts to theirs and to the hearts they save.
Soroptimist International of Ventura joins with Oxnard and Camarillo clubs to present the Stop Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery annual event. This event helps raise awareness about this rapidly growing problem in Ventura County, the state of California, our country and throughout the world. Anyone can be trafficked, regardless of race, class, education, gender or citizenship when they are forced to be, or enticed with false promises. We are working on education, advocacy and involvement. For additional information, contact xxxxxxx.
Teen volunteers are encouraged to apply for the Violet Richardson Award, which honors young women for their volunteer efforts in their school or community in such areas as fighting drugs, crime and violence, improving the environment, feeding those in need, working to end discrimination and poverty. It is awarded annually to a Ventura teen, ages 14 to 17, and her volunteer organization. You can read more about this award at https://si-founderregion.org/violet-richardson-award. If you are interested in applying, please contact
Soroptimistventura1@gmail.com for application forms.
Our club supports various causes within our community such as: