Borrego Springs Soroptimist Programs and Initiatives
Soroptimist is a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. We are committed to investing in programs that have a sustainable, measurable change for women and girls.
Borrego Springs “S” Club
The “S” Club is a service club for high school students. “S” clubs are a vital part of the high school extracurricular groups and are a great way for high school students to learn about serving others and helping in the community. Soroptimists work closely with “S” Club members to provide mentorship and camaraderie.
Borrego Springs’ “S” Club was founded in August, 2017, and has over 30 members, many of whom have attended our Dream It, Be It Career Workshops.
Our “S” Club members are passionate and motivated to help others. In 2017, they raised $800 to help survivors of the Mexican earthquake and in 2018, they raised $1,000 for the new Borrego Springs Library. We often update what our “S” Club is doing on our Quick Updates Blog!
Dream It, Be It: Career Support For Girls
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 International of Borrego Springs works in partnership with girls in small groups 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.
Soroptimist High School Career Day
In April 2018, Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs hosted a first time Career Day and lunch for high school aged girls at the Borrego Springs Senior Center. Lined up to speak that day were nine women from all walks of professional life: military, health care, nonprofit, public service and more! We hope to have another Soroptimist Career Day in 2019!
Soroptimists STOP Trafficking
Slavery is a harsh reality for millions of people the world over who find themselves trapped in an exploitative and abusive system, bought and sold like objects, and treated with no dignity or human decency.
In 2007, Soroptimist launched a major campaign — Soroptimists STOP Trafficking — aimed at raising awareness about the devastating practice of sex trafficking. Soroptimist club members place sex slavery awareness cards in highly visible locations including police stations, women’s centers, hospitals, legal aid societies, etc. The program has evolved to include a multi-dimensional approach to end sex trafficking including raising awareness, assisting victims, preventing sexual slavery, and advocating for better laws and enforcement.
STAT! San Diego
Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs also supports STAT! (Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking). If you want to get involved locally, and learn how you can prevent sex trafficking in your community, visit STAT!’s website to learn more.