The workshop provides professional support, guidance and mentorship to girls

Local service organization Soroptimist International of Oakdale held its annual “Dream It, Be It Career Support for Girls” workshop on Saturday, October 22 at the Oakdale Youth Building. Jessica Birchall, Oakdale Emeritus Young Lady and Senior at Oakdale High School, served as the keynote speaker, sharing personal experiences and providing advice and encouragement to girls as they navigate life and move on. the future. Girls from Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon and surrounding communities were invited to attend.

The girls participated in five sessions led by Soroptimists and community members, including Discovering Your Dreams, Overcoming Obstacles/Transforming Failure into Success, and Defining Values ​​and Goals/Put Dreams into Action. The Exploring Careers session brought together a panel of professional women who spoke about their education, work experience and career, and the impact of their career on their lives. Panelists were Oakdale Police Detective Madyson Falconi, Marriage and Family Therapist Rachel Dickerson, Beautician and Realtor Olivia Becerra and Insurance Agent and Marketing Specialist Kayleigh Gilbert. Additionally, the Balancing Your Stress session was led by Baptiste Yoga Instructor Kathy Wallace who provided the girls with breathing and relaxation techniques as well as yoga exercises to help relieve their stress and calm their busy lives. .

As a final activity, the girls were given ‘Dreams Do Come True’ pillows in which they placed notes to themselves inside the pillowcases as a reminder of their aspirations for the future.

Dream It, Be It and Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women are the “Soroptimist Dream Programs” created to bring lasting and measurable change to women and girls, and ensure they have access to education and training necessary to reach their full potential. potential and live their dreams. Soroptimist International of Oakdale is currently accepting nominations for its annual Live Your Dream Awards. For more information, contact Christine Foreman by email [email protected] or by phone (209) 531-5330. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2022.

Oakdale is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a service federation of clubs tied to a cause that improves the lives of women and girls through social and economic empowerment. To learn more about Soroptimist International of Oakdale, email [email protected] or follow them on Facebook at Oakdale Soroptimist and Instagram at soroptimist_of_oakdale.

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