Sexual Assault Counselor to speak at Next Collaborative Meeting

Sexual Assault Counselor to speak at Next Collaborative Meeting

by Jackie Huyck, Soroptimist International of Vista & North County Inland

DATE: Thurs., November 7
TIME: 9 am – 10:30 am
WHERE: Fellowship Hall, United Methodist Church of Vista, 490 S. Melrose Drive, Vista, CA

Our Guest Speaker for November is Ivonne Olquin, a counselor who works with Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) at the Center For Community Solutions, (CCS).  CCS offers individual and group therapy to survivors of intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault. These are individuals of all ages, genders and sexual orientations.

The North San Diego County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative is a Program of Service of Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland in partnership with United Methodist Church of Vista. The Collaborative is a diverse group of individuals and community organizations committed to eliminate human trafficking and modern day slavery. Our mission is to raise awareness of human trafficking, provide a platform to share information, improve services, educate ourselves and the public, and advocate for policy and legislation related to human trafficking. Our Collaborative Meetings are held bi-monthly on the first Thursday of the month from 9 am to 10:30 am in the Church’s Fellowship Hall (lower level) at 490 S. Melrose Drive, Vista. Admission is free and all are welcome. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be available.

Quartermania Fundraiser in November

Quartermania Fundraiser in November

What will a few quarters buy you?
Come to QuarterMania and find out!

WHEN: Sunday, November 24, 2019
TIME: 1-3 pm
WHERE:  Vista Optimist Club, 600 Optimist Way, Vista, CA
$25 Includes chicken caesar salad, roll, non-alcoholic drink, dessert and coffee

Bring a roll of quarters to bid on new items from 10 vendors.

Proceeds support women and girls education and empowerment
and trafficking awareness.

CONTACT: Pat Origlieri 760-724-9674 or pat@vistacopy.com
www.soroptimistvista.org

You get a paddle and a poker chip for bidding (extra paddles available). The more you have – the better your chances to win!!

What is QuarterMania?

QuarterMania is a fun event to help Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland and Soroptimist International of Oceanside-Carlsbad raise funds for Soroptimists’ signature programs, Live Your Dream and Dream It, Be It, improving the lives of women and girls through social and economic empowerment.

How does it work?

A variety of Vendors participate by donating items to be auctioned. These items include women’s fashion accessories, jewelry, health/beauty products, and gift certificates to your favorite places to go and things to do.

Players will be asked to bid 2-8 quarters based on the retail value of the item. If you are interested in the item, you will place your bid and then raise up your paddle. A number will be randomly drawn, if the number matches a raised paddle, it is the lucky winner. If no one’s number is called, then another number is drawn until there is a winner.

 

Halloween Happy Hour Program Meeting

Halloween Happy Hour Program Meeting

Sept. 22, 2019–Curious about Soroptimist? Our club’s special evening October Program meeting is a perfect opportunity to learn about our club and meet our members! We’ll be meeting from 5:30-8pm on Thursday, October 24 at Cocina del Charro Restaurant, 1020 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos. Non-members are welcome to join us at no charge! Come in costume for a chance to win the door prize! Look for us on the patio.

Our guest speakers will be Thoralinda Soyland, Soroptimist Desert Coast Region Governor-Elect, and Kaye Van Nevel, Soroptimist Anti-Human Trafficking Program Chair. 

Sylvia Becker-Hill to Speak at January Program Meeting

Sylvia Becker-Hill to Speak at January Program Meeting

By Assly Sayyar, SI Vista NCI President 2019-2020

 

Our program speaker in January (a lunch meeting at Wildwood Crossing)  is tentatively scheduled to be industry expert in corporate leadership, international speaker and author Sylvia Becker-Hill. She was originally scheduled to speak in September but  a death in her family forced her to reschedule

Sylvia has worked for over 20 years in business as a corporate change agent, leadership trainer and c-suite executive coach with Fortune 500 clients around the world. She is also the creator of the Becker-Hill Women’s Empowerment School, a real world and online school that helps women unlearn the patriarchal “Super Woman” rules that have been strangling our true success and show us how to master all areas of our lives by simply being–women.

Sylvia will be speaking to us on how to grow our membership by helping us overcome our own resistance when we have trouble meeting new people and making new connections.

 Meeting Location and Time: Wildwood Crossing, 116 Civic Center Drive, Vista, 12 noon.

 

 

Increasing Options for Homeless Youth Discussed at Sept. 5 Collaborative Meeting

Increasing Options for Homeless Youth Discussed at Sept. 5 Collaborative Meeting

ABOVE: Charity Brant (right) with Soroptimist Kaye Van Nevel, who coordinates Collaborative Meetings.

by Jackie Huyck, Soroptimist International of Vista & North County Inland

September 5, 2019–Guest speaker for the September meeting of the North County San Diego Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative was Charity Brant of the YMCA. She is YMCA Outreach Coordinator and YMCA’s TAY Academy Coordinator.

“TAY” stands for Transition Age Youth — youth ages 12-25, who face barriers to success in adulthood, including homelessness, abuse, and more. They are runaways, foster kids or were kicked out of their homes. About 40% are LGBTQ. They are prime targets of sex traffickers. Ms. Brant has been working with this population since 2014, when she and her team of interns would talk to kids on the streets and give them information on resources to get them off the street.

One such resource is the Y’s TAY drop-in centers, which provide homeless youth with basic hygiene needs plus life coaching, access to a computer, youth development activities, skill development workshops, classes, support groups and access to other community resources. And just a place to rest and be safe.

Brant explained that these youth often lack even basic life skills, and need guidance on even the simplest things like cooking, nutrition and finding a job. “You may think: ‘go get a job at McDonalds or something’…. but it’s not so easy for them,” she said. Many do not even have I.D.s necessary to apply for a job. And getting an I.D. might mean getting a birth certificate, which costs money, she said. TAY helps them with those things and more.

There are drop-in centers in Oceanside and Escondido and she announced that North County Lifeline is opening their own drop-in center for youth in Vista. What Brant was most excited about was the the TAY Housing Program, which provides transitional housing for runaway and homeless youth for up to 6 months during which they learn how to live, cook, budget, save, shop for groceries etc.

Even more encouraging, the Y has recently purchased an apartment complex in Escondido for young adults 18-24, who often “fall through the cracks” after aging out of foster care. It will have 25 units, one of which will be an office, the rest residences.

The next meeting of the Collaborative will be November 7.

 For more information about TAY, go to https://www.ymca.org/community-support/ymca-youth-and-family-services/youth-and-young-adult-development/tay-services

The North San Diego County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative is a Program of Service of Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland in partnership with United Methodist Church of Vista. The Collaborative is a diverse group of individuals and community organizations committed to eliminate human trafficking and modern day slavery. Our mission is to raise awareness of human trafficking, provide a platform to share information, improve services, educate ourselves and the public, and advocate for policy and legislation related to human trafficking. Our Collaborative Meetings are held bi-monthly on the first Thursday of the month from 9 am to 10:30 am in the Church’s Fellowship Hall (lower level) at 490 S. Melrose Drive, Vista. Admission is free and all are welcome. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be available.

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