LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARDS
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards assist 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, Soroptimist International Newport Harbor Area awards at least one woman with a Live Your Dream Award. Those women are then eligible for region and federation awards. Annually, 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, trafficking, sexual assault, teen pregnancy, and/or drug and alcohol abuse.
Dream It, Be It
Dream It, Be It is a mentoring and education program for girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education, and resources to live their dreams. Through Dream It, Be It, Soroptimist clubs provide girls who face obstacles with guidance, training, and resources that will prepare them for career success. We intervene at just the right time to put girls on a path to a brighter future.
Since its launch in 2015, more than 84,000 girls have participated in a Dream It, Be It program.
Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking (STAT II)
Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. One type of slavery and exploitation that is proliferating at an alarming rate—and that has a particular relevance to women and girls—is sex trafficking/slavery. Seventy-nine percent of human trafficking victims are women and girls. Also, seventy-nine percent of the victims of trafficking end up in sex slavery.
Soroptimists work to raise awareness about human trafficking, educate about the signs of human trafficking, and support survivors both globally and in our local community.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS
Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach
Breast Cancer Angels
Chamber of Commerce
Dream It Be It
Grandma's House of Hpse
Laguna Beach Community Clinic
Laguna Food Pantry
R Star Foundation
LAGUNA BEACH HIGHSCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS
A total of $10,500 is awarded to 12 college bound students each year.
VIOLET RICHARDSON AWARD
This program recognizes an outstanding girl from Laguna Beach High School with a $1,000 award for leadership and volunteer efforts.