Joan Kreamer, Joyce Brady and Pam English prepared the 2-day Dream It Be It Program (DIBI)  program at Truckee High School. The program was presented in the Wellness Center with Specialist, Antje Thompson, on November 15th and December 6th. In the 5 hours of class time we addressed personality traits and values related to careers, dreaming of a future, overcoming obstacles, making SMART goals and stress management with both discussion and activities. We had a number of career speakers, all of whom faced challenges and changes as their lives progressed. SITD members Pati Johnson and Marie Strassburger discussed their career paths. On the second day, we also included applying for scholarships, taking courses at Sierra College, mentoring and managing stress. Chris Seitz helped on the final day coordinating the arrival and departure of the speakers.
There were 7 girls in the first session and 9 in the second. All but 1 or 2 girls felt more confident about their future, more prepared to pursue their goals and had more tools to overcome obstacles. All agreed they were introduced to professional role models. Most of the girls also noted they need more mentoring and help with college funding. Several SITD members have offered to become mentors to the girls at Truckee High.
We plan to offer another program in next fall and encourage other SITD members to work with us. This is a signature program designed by Soroptimist International of the Americas and we have adapted the curriculum to best suit our local students. Let Joan or Pam know if you are interested in helping.