It is that time of year again! I found this article on the SIA website, and thought you might find it useful in locating Live Your Dream Award applicants. If you have any questions, please contact your Live Your Dream Award committee - their contact information is found in the Founder Region Roster. Your president has been sent a copy of this document, so ask for a copy if you haven't seen it. Don't forget the new deadline for receiving applications is November 15, 2014.
Raise awareness of the award and recruit applicants!
The key to successful applicant recruitment is to get applications to eligible women and to make the community as a whole aware of your participation in the Live Your Dream Awards.
Determine an award amount
Clubs should determine how much to give their Live Your Dream Award recipient according to their fundraising efforts, the number of awards they are giving, as well as the costs of education and living in their particular community. In previous years, participating clubs have given an average of US $800 per recipient. A large cash award may make it easier to attract applicants.
Remember the eligibility requirements
• Provide the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
• Have financial need.
• Are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
• Are motivated to achieve your education and career goals.
• Reside in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela)
• Have not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award
• Do not have a graduate degree.
• Are not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas, or immediate family of either. Immediate family is defined to include spouse/partner, parents, siblings, children or grandchildren by adoption, blood or marriage.
Make use of the writeable/emailable application
Using the writeable/emailable application form will greatly facilitate this process as clubs can email applications to partner organizations or directly to individual applicants.
Publicize the award
Have applications and information available during club projects where appropriate, such as health screenings, computer centers or during mentoring activities.
Contact the following organizations about distributing applications, hanging posters and assisting your club in reaching women who need assistance.
• vocational or training schools
• community colleges or universities
• places of worship
• community/recreation centers
• charitable organizations, especially those working with women and low-income persons
• homeless shelters and transitional housing programs
• domestic violence shelters
• food banks
• government public assistance offices
• women’s health centers
• childcare or daycare facilities
• welfare-to-work programs
• clinics that provide free medical services to low-income persons
• employment agencies
• local job/career fairs
• addiction recovery and rehab centers