At the local level SISD focuses on assisting local non-profit agencies that center their activities on woman and girl centered needs: substance abuse recovery, transitioning foster youth, educational needs, human trafficking, domestic abuse and violence, self-esteem workshops for teenage girls, and crises intervention are a few examples. SISD members are constantly inspired by the strength and courage of the women and girls we help, and we often watch them move from lives of despair to lives filled with hope.
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.
Girls Rising Mentor Program
SISD supports Girls Rising with supplies and funds for the girls and their mentors. We've sponsored a writing contest, self-defense lesson, backpacks filled with school supplies and much more. The mission of Girls Rising, a San Diego County 501 (C)3 non-profit, is to empower at-risk girls to recognize their value and pursue higher goals through a community of women mentors.
Big Sisters League of San Diego, Inc.
SISD has donated three computers, two printers and one freezer, as well as, additional needs. The Big Sister League of San Diego, Inc., is a private, non-profit organization serving women and girls of San Diego, California since 1942. The Housing Program, with two locations near downtown San Diego, provides transitional and permanent housing for mentally ill, homeless and/or abused women.
STAT! Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking
STAT! is part of a grant that will allow us to make large strides in raising awareness about Trafficking in Persons. Take a few minutes to watch this video about identifying and helping victims of human trafficking. STAT! is a collaborative group of Soroptimist clubs from the San Diego area. Included are: SI Rancho Bernardo, SI Poway, SI La Mesa, SI Valley de Oro, SI San Diego, SI Vista and SI La Jolla The clubs joined forces in June of 2011 to address the needs of local victims and to educate parents, teens and the public about the risks of human trafficking, pimping and sexual slavery. STAT! clubs participate in group projects in addition to the projects and programs their individual clubs are doing to improve the lives of women and girls.STAT! works with a variety of organizations, including victims services providers, educators and law enforcement. STAT! represents local Soroptimist clubs on the San Diego Regional Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.
YWCA Becky's House
San Diego YWCA Operates a number of safe houses for women and children escaping domestic violence. SISD has refurbished over twenty apartments for Becky's House since 2012. It consists of tailoring each unit for specific women and children, including providing all start up supplies for kitchen and bathroom, as well as furnishing and decorating each unit. In most cases SISD is given a few days notice to complete each unit. Here are some of the photos of the work we accomplished.
San Diego Youth Services Joint Housing Project
In 2011-12 SISD donated $50,000 to a San Diego Youth Services Project, joining other SI clubs and donors to buy, refurbish and furnish units for transitional youth. These young people are in the critical years from 18, when foster care ends, but before they can obtain employment to support themselves or go to college This is a major focus of SD Youth Services, and it is another of the local agencies SISD supports.