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Get Real Academy Receives $2500

Oct 31, 2016 11:45AM ● By Elena Hutslar

Pat Eileen Fisher presents mock check for $2,500 to members of the Martinez club. (LtoR) seated: Ann Stanley, Kendra McKeen, June Rogers. Standing: Monica Sanders, Sara Stout, Bert Vigil, Pat Eileen Fisher, Barbara Kapsalis, Linda Shahade, and Judy Moon.

Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls is the generic title given to the grant program administered by Soroptimist International of the Americas Foundation, headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Each year, it awards over $200,000 in grants to clubs for programs that truly make a difference for women and girls.


This year, the charter club of Soroptimist International of Martinez is teamed up with Soroptimist International of 24-680, Diablo Vista, Antioch, Pittsburg, and Brentwood in the Contra Costa area, to present Get Real Academy, an all-day career orientation for senior high school girls that will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Concord Hilton Hotel.


The goal of Get Real Academy is to provide a one-day leadership, life skills event for 200 high school senior girls in the area of District II, Founder Region. The clubs from Walnut Creek/Lafayette participate in planning, fundraising, presenting, and managing the overall mechanics of the day.


Some of the objectives from participation in workshops and general sessions are:


Ø  Increased awareness of sound financial management and the pitfalls of credit

Ø  Increased self-esteem through mock job interviews, with positive feedback

Ø  Increased awareness of violence and workplace harassment

Ø  Increased awareness of women’s health issues

The planning committee is currently contacting all 37 schools in the area, and contract forms for participation will be going out next month. We encourage all readers to like us on Facebook at Get Real Academy to keep up to date. We are looking forward to another terrific event.