Soroptimist ‘Road to Reality’ 2013
Avram Goldman addresses a group of seniors at last year’s event on the topic of “Following Your Passion.”
Soroptimist International of Sonoma Valley will hold its annual “Road to Reality” life skills information day on Thursday, Feb. 7, for Sonoma Valley High School’s entire graduating class of 2013. There will be no cost to the students.
The purpose of the day is to provide information that will assist the students with adult issues and responsibilities that they will encounter in the near future. Interactive sessions are offered that deal with finance, such as credit cards, loans, checking accounts and investments. Information is shared on apartment rental rights and responsibilities, personal safety and career preparation.
Other topics to be covered include social media, healthy living, dressing professionally, being your own boss and following your passion. In the morning, school buses will transport the students from the high school to the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building and return them to the high school at the end of the school day. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
During the day, adults with work experience in the particular topics that the students choose will facilitate inter-active sessions. Students will choose four of eight topics.
Presenters at this year’s “Road to Reality” day include James Marshall Berry, Sue Albano, Avram Goldman, Alex Leader, Teresa Cruz, Fran Meininger, and Jessica Kearns. These talented community members volunteer their time to be a part of the day.
A steering committee of high school seniors helped plan the day-long symposium and chose topics of greatest interest to the students. The students on the steering committee are Rory and Conor Johnston, Naomi Blinman, Matthew Charleston, Tsarina Secyugu-Claver, Nawang Sherpa, Ashley Vail and Ana Lagunas. Senior Grisha Papadin won the contest to design the logo for this year’s workshop. The logo appears on the invitation, signage, as well as on the T-shirt.
At the end of the day, students enjoy a prize drawing. The Soroptimists and students invite local businesses to contribute to the life skills day by contributing prizes.