Supporting Foster Youth for the Holidays
The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley selects an organization each holiday season that we partner with to support them in their mission. Fostering Youth Independence (FYI) believe that education is the key to overcoming a shaky foundation and unlocking doors to a successful future. FYI's mission is to equip foster youth to complete post-secondary education and become successful, independent adults. This holiday season we helped to fill holiday stockings for 47 young people with small but practical gifts so that they have something to open during the holidays. We also provided a $20 gift card for each stocking. In addition, our club and the Z Club at Golden Valley High School baked cookies so that each youth could have a homemade taste of home.
These are some of the items that have been received for the survivor backpacks. There are still more items needed! Please consider purchasing comfort items today!
Human Trafficking Survivor Backpack Project
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. Women and girls are overwhelmingly the victims of sex trafficking. Zonta International USA Caucus in connection with the United Nations is working to end human trafficking. Our club is contributing locally by working with local law enforcement to support survivors of human trafficking. This project will provide backpacks full of personal comfort items that will be distributed by law enforcement to rescued human trafficking survivors.
Believe. Build. Be.
The LifeForward program offers monthly skill-building workshops that concentrate on topics useful to women and girls of varying ages and interests. These include job search and application topics, parenting, self-care, mental health support, and financial education. Subject Matter Experts provide their expertise, knowledge and skills to promote empowerment and self-sufficiency.
In partnership with the local Boys and Girls Club, Zonta sponsors Girls' Robotics. It is designed to foster interest and skills in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Girls, ages 9-14, learn to design, program and control fully-functional Lego Mindstorm Robots.
"Through the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, Zonta clubs around the world are uniting to raise their voices to bring awareness to this issue and advocate on behalf of gender-based violence survivors."