With their strong advocacy on the rights of women and girls, the Soroptimist International in the Philippine Region (SIPR) and the Laura Vicuña Foundation joined forces to bring their two great programs to 500 young girls coming from their partners grassroots communities for a one-day Dream It, Be It Conference Workshop that took place on the 23rd of August 2015 at the Xavier School in San Juan City.
Through a plenary session, the girls had the opportunity to hear from three inspiring young women, from LVF programs who were able to live their dreams amidst their life’s difficulties and are now successful professionals in their respective career fields. Inspirational messages were also given by a series of invited guest speakers.
The afternoon’s workshop activities were a venue for the girls to explore several themes. Split into 20 groups of 25 with an adult mentor and 2-3 facilitators they were asked to consider which women they admired and what kind of women they wanted to become themselves. Through a meaningful sharing with co-participants and processing of their experiences the girls identified their personal strengths, weaknesses and what they want to achieve in the next five-years leading to their chosen careers. They produced a Dream Collage to illustrate this pathway and identified goals or’ stepping stones’ in their pursuit of their dreams.
After this one-day conference, small mentoring sessions will be conducted by Laura Vicuña Foundation to follow-up on the girls and ensure to create a lasting impact in their lives in terms of charting their life plans and translating this into reality.
About 100 Grade 10 students from Manapla National High School, Negros Occidental attended the session last August 4, handled by Mercedes Juncia and Desiree de Guzman.
About 150 parents and trainees from Mary Our Help Technical Institute for Women attended the session at Mabalacat, Pampanga last August 30, given by Sr. Candy Carmen Balverde, FMA and Mercedes Juncia.
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