My role at BBBS allows me to meet some amazing students - students that have exciting goals for their future but could use some extra help in putting the pieces together and taking the first step. That's why I was so excited when the 1,000 Dreams Fund, an organization that provides one-time educational assistance for high school and college-aged women, approached us and wanted to be a part of helping some of the girls in our program.
The 1,000 Dreams Fund (www.1000dreamsfund.org) has joined forces with BBBSKC to help fund five girls in our program who are currently juniors in high school to go on college visits. Deciding which college to attend is a big decision, and what better way to do that than to be able to visit a variety of schools, including your dream school – just to be sure?
College visits are an important step in the college search process, according to Christie Garton, founder of the 1,000 Dreams Fund. The chance to get a sense of the campus culture helps ensures that students end up at a place where they will thrive rather than wanting to drop out or transfer. However, at an average cost of $1,000-3,000 to visit schools, college visits can be cost prohibitive for many students.
The “Girls on the Rise” crowdfunding challenge kicked off yesterday, and our goal is to raise $2,000 per student to raise a grand total of $10,000. Visit http://www.crowdrise.com/girls-on-the-rise to donate!
That money, which will be distributed evenly among the five students, will go toward expenses of going on college visits – from gas money to plane tickets to hotel rooms.
The 1,000 Dreams Fund started off the challenge by donating more than $1,000!
The five girls who were nominated and selected are ready to use the money raised to launch their dreams for the future.
Lyric, who hopes to go into the modeling and fashion industry, hopes to use the money to visit colleges in New York City.
Katiyanna, who has a lot of goals for herself including possibly pursuing a career in acting or science, hopes to attend New York University or a school in Florida or South Carolina and plans to use the funds from the Challenge to help her decide on a school.
Mia, who plans to go on to be a pediatrician, plans to use the money she receives to visit several schools in Kansas as well as an out-of-state school to find out which school she feels most comfortable with and would be the best fit for her.
Natalie, who plans to be an attorney, has her sights set on attending a college with a strong law program. For now she is considering visiting schools in Illinois and Missouri.
Armani, who has dreamed of being a dentist since she was a kid, is interested in a couple local colleges, but she’s also considering a few colleges in Atlanta.
The Girls on the Rise Challenge will run for four weeks and will conclude on Nov. 30. Supporters will be able to make online donations to the crowdfunding campaign. There will also be a fundraising event at the Eileen Fisher store on the Plaza on Nov. 17.
We can’t wait to see what these five young women will do in the future, and we hope helping send them on college visits will only be the start of great things to come for them!