SI Raleigh Selected as the Winner in the Celebrating Success: Program category at the Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) Biennial Convention
SI Raleigh is thrilled to announce our submission “Live Your Dream (LYD) Awards program – Going Beyond a Cash Reward” was chosen as the winner in the Celebrating Success: Program category at the recent virtual Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) Biennial Convention. We are proud to be one of the four federation finalists (one from each category Program, Public Awareness, Fund Raising, and Membership) to be selected from the region recipients and are celebrated as the best projects in the organization—projects from which all 1300 clubs can learn and celebrate. This recognition comes after being selected as the Region winner for our Celebrating Success entry at the Central East Coast Region’s 2020 virtual Spring Conference.
Our submission “Live Your Dream (LYD) Awards program – Going Beyond a Cash Reward” detailed the actions our club takes to assure LYD program success and maximize impact, which includes how we go beyond just giving a monetary award. For example, after being selected, award recipients receive a professional headshot, a consultation with an image coach, makeover and new outfit courtesy of Dress For Success-Triangle. Our awards tea recognizes each woman in person and connects them with our sponsors and the greater membership.
Then our recipients enter our Live Your Dream Plus (LYD+) program, providing them with one-on-one mentoring for a minimum of one year (up to 3 years) and access to additional resources as needed. We invite past recipients to attend the award tea (at the club’s expense) and this provides a great opportunity for us to continue to track their progress and recognize their successes. The opportunity to connect with past winners who are achieving their goals also assures our sponsors that the dollars they donate are making a difference.
Thadene, a 2017 LYD Award Recipient, attested to the impact of this ongoing suppor:
“I am excited that I have completed my Associate’s Degree! The Live Your Dream Award helped me financially to accomplish this goal. The ongoing support and encouragement I receive from
Soroptimists means a lot to me. It makes a big difference to know I don’t have to face challenges alone.”
Learn more about the Live Your Dreams programs and how you can become involved.