March 2018 Dream It Be It Workshop

Saturday, March 24, 2018 (All day)
“Today I learned to just go for it because there is always support around you.”
 “I worked and bonded with many different people and was able to collaborate and learn from their experiences.”
“I know now that we’re all unique and have our own special qualities and abilities.”
These are some of the comments from girls at our pilot event for Dream It Be It (DIBI). Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) in collaboration with the Saratoga Regional YMCA (SRYMCA) hosted our first day-long Dream It, Be It workshop at the SRYMCA on Saturday, March 24, 2018 with support from M & T Bank.
Paige Minear, School-Aged Program Director of the SRYMCA along with the support of SISC members led the girls through the day’s activities. The workshop participants were recruited by their guidance counselors who were enlisted by Soroptimist Michelle Smallwood. Paige and Michelle played major roles in this endeavor.  Soroptimist Club President, Marie Buckley Hoffman, and the committee members were all active in creating this wonderful pilot program for girls which has been 2 years in the making.
This year sixteen teenage girls from South Glens Falls High School, Ballston Spa High School, and Corinth High School were in attendance. They spent the day learning about themselves and fine tuning their hopes and dreams while learning valuable lessons about using BOTH their successes and their failures to grow and achieve their goals. The girls made new friends, had lots of fun, and look forward to a follow-up program.  
Guest speakers at the workshop included Saratoga Mayor Meg Kelly, a wonderful role model for the young women. Teal Vivaqua, Marketing and Communications Manager at PlugPower, Soroptimist and dynamic speaker had much to offer as well. High school student  Amaya Kilinski of Ballston Spa was also a speaker. Amaya was given the Violet Richardson Award by SISC in 2017 for her involvement with Girl Talk, Inc., a non-profit that creates peer to peer mentoring relationships between high school and middle school girls. 
You can find out more about the DIBI workshops at the Events tab on this website or by contacting:
Susan Bartkowski at    or      Ann Lobosco at