We take a multi-generational approach to role modeling what it means to dream big and to confidently pursue those dreams.
Through after-school and weekend mentorship programs, Step Up works with girls living or going to school in under-resourced communities on becoming confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women.
As a recipient of the Dream Gap Project Fund, Step Up will host four “I Dream To…” Mentorship Conferences around the country and take a multi-generational approach to role modeling what it means to dream big and to confidently pursue those dreams. The morning session will pair Step Up women mentors with Step Up teen girls, while the afternoon session will see Step Up teens taking on the mentor role (with support from their morning mentors!) by inviting elementary school-age girls into the conference. Together, girls of all ages will build the foundation for turning dreams into reality through meaningful careers and legacies.
Your donation ensures girls of all ages are building the foundation for turning dreams into reality through meaningful careers and legacies
With regular access to role models and mentorship opportunities, we believe this will be impactful in helping girls #ClosetheDreamGap.
WHAT IS THE DREAM GAP
Recent research shows starting at age 5, many girls begin to develop limiting self-beliefs. They stop believing their gender can do or be anything. This critical time in girls’ development when they begin losing confidence, is called the Dream Gap. The Dream Gap creates barriers for girls to reach their full potential, which can negatively affect and inhibit their future trajectory or career choices.
THE DREAM GAP PROJECT FUND
Barbie established the Dream Gap Project Fund with $250K in March 2019 to fuel efforts to close the Dream Gap. This fall, Barbie is teaming up with GoFundMe to invite everyone to help close the Dream Gap. No matter how big or small a donation, every bit counts. Your support will go towards leveling the playing field for girls, by providing tools, resources, and support to organizations on the ground working to change the lives of girls around the world.
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