Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) was formed in 1921 by a group of 80 women in Oakland, California. Currently with about 30,000 members in 20 countries and territories, SIA’s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs that lead to social and economic empowerment. SIA’s vision is a world where women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential. Soroptimist’s main program, Live Your Dream Education and Training Awards for Women, has disbursed about $30 million to almost 20,000 women since 1972. Its newest program, Dream It, Be It, targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. Soroptimist also powers LiveYourDream.org, an online community with almost 80,000 supporters that provides on and offline opportunities for volunteer action benefiting women and girls.
In 2015-2016, 8,634 girls participated in the highly successful SIA program, ‘Dream It, Be It’. Watch a video showing the impact of the program which supports and empowers girls to achieve their goals.
Video Courtesy of Soroptimist International of the America’s Dream It, Be it program