Soroptimist International of Modesto North constantly strives to work for the women and girls in our community, bettering their lives through our service projects. Read on for an overview of our annual endeavors.
Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls
If you can dream it, you can be it!
The Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls project aims to help girls grow to be strong, successful, happy adults. Dream It, Be It targets girls in high school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides the girls with access to professional role models, career education and resources to live their dreams. In March 2019, Soroptimist International Modesto North hosted a one-day conference with topics including career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and moving forward after setbacks or failures. Activities included team building games, working through a dream journal, art collage projects inspired by their own dreams, and shared meals throughout the day.
The one-day conference began with a welcome by our club president, including an introduction to Soroptimist International and our purpose. We transitioned into 7 different topic areas that were led by 7 phenomenal women in our community
Discovering Your Dreams: Madie Herrera, MCS Student Support Director
Exploring Careers: Betty Gay, Betty Gay Designs
Creating Achievable Goals: Kristi Engel, SI Modesto North and PMZ Real Estate
Rising Above Obstacles: Leticia Sida, San Joaquin County Office of Education
Turning Failure into Success: Paula Harter, Center for Human Services
Balancing Your Stress: Kourtney Kauffman
Putting Dreams into Action: Dr. Lynette Grandison, SI Ceres
SIMN hopes to continue our efforts to encourage our local community of young women to Dream It, Be it!
Scholarships & Awards
Live Your Dream Award aids head-of-household women as they enter or re-enter the job market, or to further their skills and training to upgrade their employment status. This is a cash award is granted directly to the recipient. We have given out over $8,000 each year in support of this project!
Community Christmas Tree
The Community Christmas Tree, a project for which our members volunteer, ensures that thousands of under-privileged children (age 0-17) in the Modesto area receive a gift during the holiday season. Children’s names are obtained from local schools and social service agencies. Staff from those agencies personally deliver the gifts to each child. Sponsoring and staffing the Community Christmas Tree runs from mid-November until December 18th. This annual event is a staple in the holiday traditions of our community.
Other ways we make a difference in our community:
Salvation Army Transitional Center
Women's Health Clinic Pathway's
Center for Human Services