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Our Mission

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Soroptimist Live your Dream annually awards about $2.5 million in education grants to about 1,500 women who have overcome enormous personal obstacles including poverty, sex trafficking and domestic violence. 

 

Recipients may use the cash grants to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain additional education or training. 

 

Award recipients go on to enjoy improved employment prospects, greater earning potential, higher self-esteem, and serve as positive role models for their children.

LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARD CEREMONY

OUR 2023-2024 LYD AWARDEE WINNERS

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Destiny Galvan

I am very honored to have been one of the selected winners for Soroptimist scholarship! It feels great to have been chosen for sharing my story although it can be a vulnerable act to share I feel blessed to have won this award.

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Angelica Aguilar

Winning this award was such a blessing in more than one way. It has opened the door to share my story and allowing my testimony to bless, motivate & inspire other women. Allowing my voice to be like an Echo that I can playback when in doubt and a journey to look back on. Remembering to keep going and never give up.  Never forget that your voice is important, your story matters. Thank you for believing in me and in my dreams.

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Marlene Munoz

With the extra money, I was able to get my two kids and I new Chromebooks. My heart is full..from being part of such a beautiful community of ladies.

I feel honored to be a recipient of the Live Your Dream Award.

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Juliza Montoya

Not only will this award help me financially, but also has created a wonderful network of strong women in the community and that’s important to me. Connection with people like me. I know that will be a part of Soroptimist for a very long time and I am forever grateful!

OUR 2022-2023 LYD AWARDEE WINNERS

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Maria Rocha,

"Receiving this award to me means that I'm not doing it alone."

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Brenda O

"Winning this prize came in handy. I never thought I would win. It's more exciting being present today at Soroptimist of City of Commerce's Business meeting. I can help people. My story can help someone." 

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Ellen Rocha

Receiving the LYD award made me feel honored. It motivated me more to pursue my career. Single mothers are capable of anything; they can reach their dreams. It might be more complicated with children, but it's for a better future. Thank you for selecting me I am forever grateful." 

OUR 2021-2022 LYD AWARDEE WINNERS

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Edina Wade,

'Receiving this award impacts my life because it gives me a chance to further my education. I can now purchase the books that I need to help with completing my last year...so I can graduate.'

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Cecilia Jimenez,

'Being chosen for this award has made me feel like I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. As long as us women come together to support one another, we can rule the world.'

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Gabriela Zesati-Palacios,

'Receiving the Live your Dream award has been essential to my success in transferring, as well as giving me the confidence to continue on my educational journey.'

DREAM IT BE IT

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Dream It Be It offers guidance and support to high school girls. Our program provides mentorship, career preparation, and empowerment to help them reach their dreams, no matter the circumstances. Our goal is to provide young women with the tools they need to succeed in their career setting and beyond.

By reaching girls while they are still young, we not only can help them stay healthy and safe in the short term, but we can reduce the number of women in crisis in the future. 

 

To date, Dream It, Be It has helped put more than 35,000 girls on a positive path.

Our core values

gender equality

Gender Equality

Women and girls live free from discrimination

empowerment

Empowerment

Women and girls are free to act in their own best interest

education

Education

Women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education

diversity and inclusion

Diversity & Fellowship

Women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.

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