What We Do
Soroptimist's mission is to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. The members of Desert Coast Region clubs accomplish this goal by participating in federation-wide programs that increase the collective impact of Soroptimist by focusing of our efforts on some of the most pressing issues facing women and girls today - things like lack of access to higher education, domestic violence and the commercial sexual exploitation of children - human sex trafficking.
Clubs also contribute to the mission by developing and implementing programs that meet the needs of their immediate community. These programs are based on needs assessments and input from community partners. Additionally, many clubs work on an international level by supporting projects around the world. Because Soroptimist is an international organization with around 80,000 members in 130 countries and territories, local clubs are able to support and partner with Soroptimist clubs on every continent except Antarctica.
"Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality."
Malala Yousafza - Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
Soroptimist Dream Programs
Live Your Dream Education & Training Awards for Women
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists 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, every Soroptimist club in Desert Coast Region awards at least one woman with a Live Your Dream Award and many present more than one award. That's a minimum of 40 women receiving financial assistance each year! 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 and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Learn more
Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls
Soroptimist's newest dream program, Dream it, Be it: Career Support for Girls, launched in July 2014. This girl-focused mentoring program will will help girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults. Dream It, Be It targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams.
Soroptimist clubs will work in partnership with girls in small groups or a conference setting to provide them with the information and resources they want and need to be successful. The topics covered include career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures. Learn more.
Each of the forty clubs in Desert Coast Region conducts programs aimed at fulfilling the Soroptimist mission of improving the lives of women and girls. Our projects are as diverse as our clubs and the communities they serve. Here's a small sampling of what some of our clubs are doing:
Soroptimists in Westminster sponsored a "Healthy Girls and Families Conference". The conference modeled healthy behaviors, lifestyle choices, and educational direction. Through collaboration with Soroptimist Garden Grove and a variety of community and school organization, their first conference attracted over 130 students and parents. See photos from the event here.
Soroptimist clubs in San Diego County work together to address the issue of human trafficking, with a focus on the commercial sexual exploitation of children. STAT! Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking holds quarterly events to raise awareness about the forced prostitution of women and girls and to raise funds to support local victims' services agencies.
Soroptimists in Whittier mentor high school girls by sponsoring an S Club at Pioneer High School, which they've been doing since 2004. They have been so successful that, in 2013, four more S Clubs were formed at local high school - including the continuation schools where 60% of the girls are single mothers and many of the others deal with drug and domestic violence issues.
Soroptimists in Brea/La Habra raise awareness about human trafficking every month at the Brea Mall.
Soroptimist in Artesia/Cerritos have taken the Live Your Dream Award to a new level by providing support beyond their cash award. Club members mentor women in their chosen professions and, if no member has the expertise, reach out to women outside the club to provide mentorship. They also tutor the awardees' children, offer up babysitting services and provide gifts and outings for the families.
Soroptimists in San Diego partner with the YWCA to support women and their families who have left domestic violence situations. Through the "House to Home" project members band together to transform transitional housing units at Becky's House into homes, complete with linens, housewares, a stocked pantry, clothing and toys for the children. Each year, SI San Diego transforms 4 - 6 units as one family moves out and another moves in.
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