2018 Dream It Be It Alumnae Event

“If you know your self-worth no one can tell you anything different!” participant
“Hope gives you something to believe in.” participant
“The strongest thing you can do is to let yourself be vulnerable. You’re in control of your own vulnerability.” participant
“It was wonderful watching that group of girls come together as such a solid team.” Paige Minear, YMCA Youth and Family Director
On Saturday, October 13, 2018, ten girls from Saratoga-area high schools who participated in the first Dream It Be It program held last spring, came back together to explore strategies to overcome challenges and obstacles they are likely to face in their lives. The program is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) in partnership with the Saratoga Regional YMCA and with support from M&T Bank. 
Our speakers, Michelle Smallwood, from The Prevention Council, Maggie Fronk, Executive Director of Wellspring, and Paige Minear, SRYMCA Youth and Family Director, were such amazing role models for the group. 
During the program the girls heard about famous people who had overcome major life challenges and achieved success due to perseverance, patience, and a positive mindset.  They learned that not succeeding the first time around is an opportunity for growth, and several exercises demonstrated the value of teamwork, leadership and persistence as the girls worked together to solve problems.  Statements made by the participants demonstrated their understanding that “failure can be a learning experience”, and “it’s important to learn to adapt and not give up even in the face of challenging circumstances.” The girls were able to draw upon their own experiences in relating how they had handled difficult situations. In summing up, one girl noted, “I learned so much about myself today; I now know that I am not alone when I feel frustrated.”
SISC plans to conduct its second year of DIBI next spring and will be looking for girls from area high schools who want to participate. The program is comprised of several modules that are designed to explore life and career goals and help the girls deal with challenges and opportunities as they arise. Several of the girls from the “inaugural” season will serve on an Advisory Committee that will work with the DIBI Committee on the content of next year’s program.  
You can find out more about the DIBI workshops at the Events tab on this website or by contacting: