Dream Programs – Live Your Dream Awards® – Dream It, Be It® – Live Your Dream.Org®
Throughout history and still to this day, women and girls all over the world face obstacles solely because of gender. Women and girls disproportionately suffer from poverty and discrimination. It is for this reason Soroptimist, an organization of and by women, chooses to focus on the special challenges facing women and girls.
Rocky Mountain Region participates in the Soroptimist International of the Americas and the Soroptimist International projects. Rocky Mountain Region annually selects 4 recipients from the club winners for the region level of the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award.
The Governor’s Project in the Rocky Mountain Region started in 2000 when the Youth Forums ended. The Children of Peace International (COPI) presented its work to the 1999 Fall District III & IV Meeting hosted by SI Fort Collins in Estes Park, Colorado. From that moving presentation, the idea of projects for COPI was born. COPI is a humanitarian organization which serves the people of Vietnam by developing the capability of the people to help themselves.
Past Governors’ Projects
- Rocky Mountain Region offers a friendship grant to Soroptimists from another country to visit our region each biennium. Clubs also form Friendship Links with other clubs around the world.
- Rocky Mountain Region Grant of Friendship Application
Soroptimist International Projects:
Soroptimist International of the Americas Dream Programs
Soroptimist’s Dream Programs – Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women® and Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls® – ensure women and girls access the education and training required to reach their full potential and live their dreams. Soroptimist is committed to investing in programs which demonstrate a sustainable, measurable change for women and girls.
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award® (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Award) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by providing the resources required to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Each year, more than $1.7 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. Live Your Dream Award recipients may use the cash award to offset costs associated with attaining a higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition, and transportation.
Eligible applicants are women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Only residents of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries and territories are eligible to apply.
Since the Live Your Dream Award® program began in 1972, about $30 million in education grants have been disbursed to assist tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.
Interested in applying for the Live Your Dream Award®? Determine if you are eligible!
Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls® provides girls in secondary school, who face obstacles to their future success, access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams. Soroptimist clubs work in partnership with girls, in small groups or a conference setting, delivering information and resources for developing skills to achieve their goals. Topics include career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures.
Soroptimist® also sponsors Live Your Dream.org®, a movement fiercely dedicated to ensuring every woman and girl has the opportunity to reach her full potential, be free from violence, and live her dreams. Its purpose is to engage a new, vibrant community of activists and volunteers with our Soroptimist dream programs.