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The goal of the new global Soroptimist Program, Dream It, Be It Career Support for Girls is that through education and access to role models, girls will be empowered to pursue their career goals and reach their full potential.

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls 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.



This program is f
ree to participants. Must have parental consent and complete the on line waiver at Questers' Way. In addition to the on line waiver, parents must also sign the Soroptimist Parental Consent and Release Form.

Following is the outline of some of the Dream It Be It classes at Questers’ Way:

Stress Management for Teens -
Learn simple ways to relieve stress for a healthier, happier life. A fun interactive program with Tai Chi and games.

Discovering Your Dreams - Paired with self Defense class

As the beginning of the Dream It, Be It curriculum, this session’s goal is to begin to establish a safe, welcoming space for participants, to begin to develop group cohesion, and to create an opportunity for participants to consider future aspirations. The facilitator will set guidelines for a safe space, and maintain the safe space in future sessions. Participants will be led through activities that will encourage them to better know one another and themselves. Through interactive activities, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their values, aspirations, and interests in a comfortable environment.  Each participant will be inspired to envision her future and be empowered to believe in her own capacity to make dreams a reality. 

A self-defense class for women will be part of this session.

Balancing Your Stress - Paired with Yoga or Tai Chi

Adolescents today report higher levels of stress than ever before. Many experience significant academic and familial pressure to perform well in school. Others experience social pressure due to social media, which serves as a constant reminder of issues such as friendship, romance, and fitting in.  Women especially are often expected to perform well at work while also taking care of their families and homes. These pressures create a high stress environment that can have serious effects on physical and mental health for adolescent and adult females alike. Accordingly, this session will give participants the tools to identify and better manage stress. Participants will engage in a game that simulates the everyday stresses of balancing various responsibilities. Participants will identify stress in their own lives and acquire new techniques for managing stress and taking care of themselves.  

A Yoga or Tai Chi class will be part of this session

Creating Achievable Goals - Paired with Yoga or Tai Chi

This session addresses the important personal and professional skill of goal setting. The participants may have varying levels of experience with setting goals; some may be setting goals for the first time, while others might already have developed defined goals. The aim of this session is not to set personal goals rather to practice with goal-setting. Participants will learn how to develop a clear, reasonable goal as well as how to map out small action steps to achieve the goal. Part of this session will involve planning a budget as an exercise in of setting goals.

Let’s Talk about food - Paired with a movement class

A valuable conversation about nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with Nutritionist Shoshana Levinson. Participants will engage in an interactive discussion about food and learn some tips about living a healthier life. Participants will learn how to make healthy snacks and how to incorporate great tasting and healthy food in their daily meals. More details to follow.

Turning Failure into Success - Paired with Dance class

Many girls learn to fear failure from an early age. Getting the correct answer in school is rewarded, while the wrong answer is negatively reinforced in various ways, such as low grades, scolding from a teacher, or teasing from a classmate. Fear of experiencing a failure might be motivating to some, but it can often be paralyzing and keep many adolescent girls feeling stuck and afraid to try new things or go after big goals in life. This session aims to directly address the fear of failure by introducing the idea that experiencing a failure is a key step in the process of learning and growing. Participants will learn about resilience and how to reframe experiencing a failure to understand the usefulness of mistakes in order to move forward. 

Rising Above Obstacles - Paired with a movement class

This session seeks to address the adversity that women of all ages face in their career advancement, often just by the nature of their gender. Sexism and gender norms may be difficult concepts to understand, since many of their attributes are considered “natural” and therefore invisible in our everyday lives. We are all socialized in cultures that tend to value men over women, which may normalize gender discrimination.  While every woman’s experience is different, it is important for girls to be aware of likely obstacles to their career success.  Participants will learn about the specific adversity that many women face. The session will provoke critical thinking about gender norms, and provide participants with strategies to overcome this adversity.  

 

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