2024 Live Your Dream Recipients

Introducing the 2024 recipients of our Live Your Dream Education And Training Awards For Women®.

Soroptimist Raleigh: We Empower Girls & Women 

Soroptimist Raleigh is a local club of Soroptimist International. Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

Our service projects collaborate extensively with women’s groups, governmental agencies, educators, international and statewide coalitions, and concerned citizens. In terms of our local service projects:

Live Your Dream

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards
for Women program is our signature service project. This award aids women who are the primary wage earners for their families and are seeking to improve their economic status by gaining additional skills, training and education.

Live Your Dream Plus

In our “Live Your Dream Plus” program we follow up with our awardees for up to three years, mentoring them to afford ongoing support both non-financial as well as financial. With our Live Your Dream Plus program, our awardees know that there is a network of women who are ready to help in any number of ways.

Dream It Be It

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.

Real Stories

Here are a few stories of some recipeints of the Live Your Dream Awards.  Perhaps they will encourage you to take the steps to achieve your dreams, big or small.

Cecilia – 2024 Live Your Dream Awardee

Cecilia – 2024 Live Your Dream Awardee

Cecilia is a junior at Meredith College and expects to graduate in 2025 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and then continue on to dental school. She currently works part-time as a pediatric dental assistant, and is the mother of 3 boys, ages 6, 2 and 1.  Cecilia...

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Giordanna – 2024 Live Your Dream Awardee

Giordanna – 2024 Live Your Dream Awardee

Giordanna is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in hospitality at North Carolina Central University. She works full-time and has one son.  In 2021, Giordanna  experienced a series of challenges that led to deep depression and weight loss. First, she was involved...

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Shannon – 2024 Live Your Dream Awardee

Shannon – 2024 Live Your Dream Awardee

Shannon is enrolled at Wake Technical Community college majoring in Psychology, with an expected graduation in June 2024.    A Raleigh native, Shannon is the youngest of eight children and the first member of her family to attend college. As a single mother of three...

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News and Events

Announcing Summer PuzzleMania Aug. 10

Announcing Summer PuzzleMania Aug. 10

Get ready puzzlers! Our 6th PuzzleMania will be held on August 10 at a new location, Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road Raleigh, NC 27607. In this FUN-raising event, teams of four compete to assemble an identical 550-piece Masterpieces jigsaw puzzle in...

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Career Day with Dream It, Be It

Career Day with Dream It, Be It

The Dream It, Be It program at Mt. Vernon Middle School concluded the year with a career day. 17 Soroptimist members and volunteers attended, representing a wide range of careers including construction, real estate, veterinary sciences, military service and more. The...

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Sponsor The Next PuzzleMania

Sponsor The Next PuzzleMania

We are thrilled to report that planning is underway for our next PuzzleMania event which will be held August 10. This will be our 6th time hosting the event, and it’s been amazing to see it grow to become this diverse gathering of over 200 people. We are thankful to...

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