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Project: Girls On The Rise

“Helping young women break financial barriers to explore the colleges of their dreams.”

Right now, countless young women are at the wrong school or do not have the proper resources to thrive.

Awesome biology students are attending schools without pre-med tracks. Girls who thrive in small classroom settings are drowning in massive lecture halls. Would-be world leaders are losing interest in politics without access to killer international relations courses.

Why the mismatches? It’s simple: A shocking number of bright, talented young women are unable to visit different universities before making their final enrollment decisions. Limited by travel budget, these high school students can’t get a look at schools beforehand.

College visits and applications are pricey — up to $3,500 by some estimates. College-bound students are subject to fees for prep courses, admission tests and applications. That leaves little extra cash for travel expenses like airfare, hotels and meals. It all adds up. Many students and families are just not able to cover these costs.

But money isn’t the only factor that puts blinders on female high school students. There are emotional concerns too. Many teens are afraid of leaving home to attend a college hundreds of thousands of miles away. They definitely aren’t going to make that leap without familiarizing themselves first with the campus.

So where can they turn? The 1,000 Dreams Fund is proud to introduce “Project: Girls On The Rise” (PGOTR) — our new program for American high school women. GOTR helps fund those critical college visits and college-bound costs so young women with bright minds and bright futures can find that perfect school and thrive.

“Campus visits are a vital element for students when choosing their best-fit college. By partnering with 1,000 Dreams Fund, we are now able to help five young women in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City program on their journey to college success.”

— Micheal Lawrence, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City

1,000 Dreams Fund: Mia’s Visit to Baylor

Meet Our Girls on the Rise

Alejandra, 16 – Funded

My dream is to graduate college and have a career in social work.

Jenny, 18 – Funded

My dream is to have a career in the event planning industry.

Yesenia, 18 – Funded

My dream is to become a chemical or mechanical engineer.

Jada, 16 – Funded

My dream is to major in criminal justice and minor in performing arts.

Alondra, 16 – Funded

My dream is to become a physical therapist.

LaToria, 16 – Funded

My dream is to have a career in journalism or accounting.

Evelyn, 17 – Funded

My dream is to graduate from college and travel more.

Kailynn, 17 – Funded

My dream is to study international business or Spanish and work abroad.

Maylana, 17 – Funded

My dream is to get my Master's degree.

Sara, 16 – Funded

My dream is to become an FBI agent.

Tatiana, 16 – Funded

My dream is to become a published author.

Melody, 16 – Funded

My dream is to become a criminal defense attorney.

Valerie, 16 – Funded

My dream is to study graphic design, computer programming, or science.

Jada, 17 – Funded

My dream is to have a career in dentistry.

Adriana, 16-Funded

My dream is to be a veterinarian.

Angie, 17-Funded

My dream is to have a career in law enforcement.

Janet, 17-Funded

My dream is to become a K9 vet.

Chloe – FUNDED

My dream is to have a career in social work.

Sa’Diamond, 16-Funded

My dream is to work in computer engineering.

Airrial, 16 – FUNDED

My dream is to teach English as a second language in other countries.

Katiana, 16 – FUNDED

My dream is to be a bilingual physical therapist.

LaMonie, 16 – FUNDED

My dream is to own a business.

Aria, 16 – FUNDED

My dream is to become a plastic surgeon.

Ellisha, 16 – FUNDED

My dream is to become a detective or criminal lawyer.

Stephanie, 16 – FUNDED

My dream is to pursue a career in psychology, criminology or music.

Bianey, 16 – FUNDED

My dream is to become a pediatric nurse.

Kristin, 15 – FUNDED

My dream is to become a high school counselor or social worker.

Jaleeyah, 16 – FUNDED

My dream is to work in software development or engineering.

Shelby, 16 – FUNDED

My dream is to own an interior design business.

Lyric, 17 – FUNDED

My dream is to run my own modeling agency.

Katiyanna – FUNDED

My dream is to become the first U.S. President trained in Cosmetology.

Mia, 16 – FUNDED

My dream is to work in the medical field.

Natalie, 17 – FUNDED

My dream is to become a lawyer.

Armani – FUNDED

My dream is to become a dentist.

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