1,000 Dreams Fund Presents Girls On The Rise!

We at the 1,000 Dreams Fund are thrilled to announce our next Challenge in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBS)! 

It’s called Girls on the Rise, and is a totally appropriate name as you’ll see! Over the course of four weeks, we seek to raise $10,000 to help fund college visits for FIVE of BBBS’ top college-bound young women. 

We’d love to have your help in reaching our goal at whatever amount you choose to donate! And no matter what we end up raising together, the total amount will be evenly divided among the five young women.  

Go HERE to support our five Girls on the Rise!

Why does this matter

College visits are an important step in the college search process. The chance to get a sense of the campus culture 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 are cost prohibitive for many students. 

Help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 so we can help each of these five “Girls on the Rise” get the right start on their college journeys towards their dreams!

Please help support these young women at whatever level you choose. 

Click HERE to support Girls on the Rise! 

Meet Our “Girls on the Rise”


Katiyanna, 16

Katiyanna is a girl of many talents. A junior at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, she excels in her studies of environmental science as well as acting. She hopes to attend New York University to pursue acting or science — or she’ll fulfill her other dream of becoming the first U.S. President trained in Cosmetology!


Lyric, 17

Lyric has a passion for fashion. She’s in her junior year at Ruskin High School. A model already, the 17-year-old already has her eyes on big plans in the fashion industry. She hopes to visit and then attend the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City after she graduates.


Mia, 16 

Mia is an athlete with big dreams! The 16-year-old junior at Turner High School in Kansas City, Kansas is an aspiring pediatrician who is eager for college. Like many students, she’s currently deciding between three prospective schools but the ability to afford college is a common factor among them all. 


Armani, 16

From as early as she can remember, Armani has wanted to be a dentist. When asked what she would be if she couldn’t be a dentist she says, “I guess I could be a dental hygienist?” Totally driven, this junior at Raytown High School hopes to find the right school to make that dream a reality.


Natalie, 17

Elle Woods grabbed everyone’s attention in Legally Blonde and it was her drive and determination that inspired Natalie. The 17-year-old junior from Shawnee Mission North High School has dreams of turning big screen aspirations into a real-life career in the courtroom.