From the Desk of Our Founder: College Advice & More!

Let’s talk about the Dream Gap

By Christie Garton, Founder & CEO of the 1,000 Dreams Fund Mattel is already doing it — and their awesome new Barbie campaign got me thinking and reflecting on what the idea of “dream gap” means for women of all ages and backgrounds in our society today. It’s all about that huge, cavernous space between

What Netflix’s ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’ Can Teach Us About College and Real Life

By Christie Garton, Founder & CEO of the 1,000 Dreams Fund If you haven’t watched Netflix’s new rom-com “Sierra Burgess is a Loser,” you’re late to the party. But, that’s okay, because — as we know from the movie — most high school parties just lead to miserable drama anyway. While the movie wasn’t perfect

Reaching for big dreams? (We know you are!) Here’s how to get people to take you seriously — no matter your age

By Christie Garton, Founder & CEO of the 1,000 Dreams Fund Every person in the world has a dream. But, through 1,000 Dreams Fund, I’ve had the awesome experience of meeting tons of girls who don’t just have dreams — they’re chasing them by relentlessly pursuing their goals and leaping over every obstacle in the

Feeling average? Here’s how to figure out your unique superpower — and use it to boost your resume no matter who you’re sending it to

By Christie Garton, Founder & CEO of the 1,000 Dreams Fund I get it: When your resume is up against thousands of other applicants, sometimes it feels like you need to be a real-life superhero just to get a second look. Not long ago, I was on the phone with our student advisory board, a

How to find your real-life Oprah — and why having a mentor can change your life

Oprah Winfrey is incomparable. She’s got an innate ability to inspire in a way that’s essentially unprecedented, which is why so many people (male and female!) think of her as a life coach. Sure, she’s speaking to millions of people across the globe, but somehow it feels personal. It feels like she’s tailored her words

Building the Next Great Generation Starts With Financial Literacy

“I can’t adult today.” It’s a standard funny line, and it’s funny because it’s so true. Young people have no problem standing up and taking care of themselves. They are creative, talented and adventurous. But financial life skills are often lacking from their education. Parents sometimes share their knowledge, but in families of lower economic

How Micro-Grants Make a Macro Difference

The college experience has changed dramatically over the years. When many Boomer women went to college, junior year abroad was a dream reserved for only the wealthiest of students. Women came into college on a pretty even footing from high schools all over the nation. Some women worked past marriage, but many still chose to

First-Generation College Students Face Big Obstacles – Which is Why They Need Our Support

“First-generation college student.” These are words that make family members puff up with pride. They made it – both as an individual and as a family. There’s a lot of pressure on these students. A lot of hopes and dreams are riding on them, and not just their own. Support our “Girls on the Rise”

Why Micro-grants to Young Women in Need Matter

Imagine trying to support a family of four on $25,000 – or less. That’s the current poverty threshold. Growing up under those constraints spurs many young women to vow that their future will be different. And they know that the first step toward that future is a college degree. The second step is picking that

College Finances Hit Young Women Harder Than Men – And Has Lifelong Consequences

Did you know? More young women than young men drop out of college for financial reasons. Young women also feel less prepared to manage their overall finances than do young men. This financial uncertainty has lifelong consequences. Support our “Girls on the Rise” with a donation today! Financial challenges face every college student, even those