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Soroptimists, YMCA team up for girls

The ‘If You Can Dream It, You Can Be It!’ workshop takes place on Jan. 30 at the Marysville YMCA


On Jan. 30 local girls in high school will be able to get career support at the “If You Can Dream It, You Can Be It!” event.

The Soroptimist International of Marysville and the Marysville YMCA are co-sponsoring the event.

The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Marysville YMCA at 6420 60th Dr. NE, Marysville.

The event is “to help girls feel confident in their planning for their future,” said Renae James, a member of the Marysville Soroptimist club. It is meant to help high school aged girls have resources and professional role models to prepare for career opportunities.

James said the Soroptimists are glad they could bring the event to Marysville.

“It really is something that’s needed. A lot of young ladies need to find out who they are or what they want to be,” she said.

The event will be able to help young women in a variety of ways.

“Maybe they have some obstacles and need additional help overcoming those, or maybe they just need some mentors to talk to,” she said.

Local community leaders will be speaking at workshops, including president of the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Jesica Stickles, Marysville City Council member Donna Wright, and local pastor Kim Reynolds.

Ivy Jacobsen, a young woman that has gone through abuse and is currently going through college, will also give one of the talks.

In the middle of the event a lunch will be provided, giving girls an opportunity to talk more casually with the speakers at the event.

“So the girls can ask questions and the ladies can share things like ‘here’s the choices I had to make when I was young,’” said James.

James said the “If You Can Dream It, You Can Be It!” workshops have been a program that Soroptimist International has had for about two years.

This is the first year the Marysville Soroptimist club planned to bring the event to the local area through.

Club members did some tweaking to the curriculum to better fit the local community as well.

In addition, a craft time will be held.

“We’re looking forward to this event. It’s the first one but we hope to continue this in future years,” said James.

All high school girls are eligible to register for the event.

Registration ends on Jan. 28. To register or for more information call Renae James at 425-971-0031 or visit the Soroptimist International of Marysville Facebook page and leave them a message.


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