Soroptimists look to next generation
The Soroptimists International of Truckee-Donner are spreading the word that philanthropy can start with any woman, at any age and a group of local students are catching on. The S Club, a volunteer group for girls at Sierra High, is the high school version of Soroptimists and is coordinated by the womens group. Through participation in the S Club, 18 young ladies are meeting influential role models and are learning the value of community service. There are a lot of people that need help, and were there to do it, said S Club member Belen Rojas, 16. We bought personal items shampoo, towels for the Tahoe Womens Services safe house. It felt good that I did something for somebody else, but if I wasnt in the S Club, I wouldnt have known to help.Now in its second year at Sierra High, the S Club has assisted with Truckees Community Christmas, the Adopt-a-Senior program through Sierra Senior Services, the Sierra Teen Education & Parenting Program and the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, to name a few. And while Sierra High is the only school in the district to maintain an S Club, any student is welcome to join. We work to better the lives of women and girls in our community and around the world, said Soroptimist member and S Club coordinator Lauren Schmidt. Were teaching these students about the organization and how they can be involved in the community.And, as much as the S Club is about community service, it is also about resources and role-models, an element that many of the students have not yet recognized as an asset. Some of the Soroptimists were teen moms and have become very successful in this community. I own my own business and several of the girls are very impressed by that, said Soroptimist member and S Club coordinator Laura Mohen. Were all professional women and we hope that these girls will see the opportunities.
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