Althea Gaines 2019/20 Award Winner
Soroptimist International of Rio Vista is delighted to award the 2020 Live Your Dream Award to Athena Gaines. Athena has been a resident of Rio Vista for seven years and is the mother of four children, two of which still live at home. The $2,500 award will help Athena to continue with her studies. She is enrolled in online courses with Ultimate Medical Academy, where she recently received the Deans Award. She is working on receiving her Associate of Science degree and her goal is to get her degree as a Medical Office and Billing Specialist.
In every country in the world, women and girls face obstacles and discrimination solely because of their gender. The Live Your Dream program is dedicated to helping women achieve economic empowerment. Through this program, we invest in education grants to women. This unique education grants program enables recipients to use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or skills training-such as tuition, books, childcare and transportation.
Women are economically empowered when they have control over their own finances and well being, and when they have a voice in the financial decisions to shape their lives and the lives of their families. Women are socially empowered when they have a personal sense of autonomy, self-confidence, and the power to control their private and public lives.
By empowering women and girls through access to education and training, the lives of individuals, families, and whole communities can be improved.
Live Your Dream Awards assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.
The Live Your Dream Awards involves three levels of cash awards. Award amounts vary at the local Soroptimist club-level. Local-level award recipients are eligible for region-level awards of either $3,000 or $5,000. Region-level award recipients are eligible to receive one of three international-level awards of $10,000.