1,000 Dreams Fund Blog

From Our Founder’s Desk: Exciting Things Coming Up In 2017!

Dreamers – Happy New Year!  It’s certainly a happy one for the 1,000 Dreams Fund (1DF). As founder, I’m thrilled to share that we’ve made significant strides towards our vision of funding “1,000 girls and more,” and have already granted out over $40,000 to over 40 talented young women in need. You can read more about

From Intern to Influencer: Ella Dawson on Giving Her Own TED Talk at 23

In the fall of 2014, Ella Dawson started as an intern at TED. In just two years, she’s taken over the role of Social Media Manager and she’s given her own TEDx talk. The 24-year-old is gaining fame as an outspoken advocate and social media maven. Want to flip that internship into influence? Here’s Ella’s

We Need Representatives

We Need Representatives for the Underrepresented: Where Are Our Role Models? Written by Brianna Woods of the University of Missouri I used to be nervous to discuss politics yet, I felt so strongly about how it affects the communities we live in. The male students in my classes were quick to give their opinions and

Desiree Williams Turned High School Self-Esteem Issues Into A National Beauty Title

Desiree Williams is not your average beauty queen. This year, the gorgeous doctor graced the national stage as a Top 10 finalist in the Miss USA pageant. But Desiree wasn’t always so confident, accomplished and self-assured. Like many of us, she struggled in high school with self-esteem; she was an acne-prone, introverted girl. But, after

#1000dreamsfund winner Alexis Grippi

Meet our #1000dreamsfund winner Alexis Grippi who received $500 in funding from the@1000dreamsfund! Learn how she will use the funding to chase her dreams of having her own boutique and fashion line in this mini-interview: What is your professional dream?  My professional dream is to own my own boutique one day and have my own

“Believe. Believe you can do this. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams.”

There is no doubt that @1000dreamsfund ambassador and winner of our #1000dreamschallenge Sanah Jivani is going to change the world. From overcoming bullying to embracing her differences, she is truly an inspiration for girls just like YOU all over the world. Follow her on her journey to end self-doubt and self-hatred one insecurity at a

#1000DreamsChallenge

Thanks to EVERYONE who took our first ‪#‎1000DreamsChallenge‬! When we launched the 1,000 Dreams Challenge this fall, we could not have imagined the amount of amazing photos and applications that we would receive from all of you. WOW. We can’t express how great it is to see so many young women going for their dreams

Miss Czech-Slovak US Morgan McMichen

Miss Czech-Slovak US Morgan McMichen proves that pageant queens are more than just a pretty face. Raised by a single mother and winning the title of Miss Czech-Slovak US all while being a full time Spanish teacher and pursuing her Master’s Degree, Morgan is the proves that it takes brains, beauty and a lot of

Karissa Talanian On Becoming A Force In The Punk Scene

Girls rock! Karissa Talanian is someone who floors you with her casual swagger and creativity. She is the founder of Chicago-based Eye Vybe Records which primarily produces tapes of psychedelic, garage, and pop acts, and she thrashes drums for her own punk trio. Here’s how Karissa became a force in the punk scene. What age

Announcing Our Year-End Fundraising Campaign #Fund1000Dreams!

Millions of girls across America have big dreams about what they want to do with their lives, but they don’t have resources to make those dreams come true. They can’t afford the “extras” that make the difference in future success – from an opportunity to study abroad, to tech devices for budding young artists or