$500 worth of dreaming and playing for Minnesota girls

09 Feb

Ann Bancroft dares girls to dream and encourages them to play.

She founded the Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF), which advances the belief: …by supporting a girl’s ambition and hope, we are validating ourselves. The foundation has two major programs, Dare to Dream and Let Me Play Grants. ABF produces an annual fundraiser, the dreamXchange, that occurs on April 25th this year. It’s meant to celebrate the possible and a call to action to fully engage girls. 

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Dare to Dream provides micro grants for experiences ranging from arts to educational to wilderness. Girls , living in Minnesota, ages 10 through 10th grade can apply. Basically, they apply to live a dream up to $500. The idea is to get girls to recognize their own potential and/or have the courage to reach their dreams. Past dreams have ranged from attending space camp to learning a foreign language to taking boxing lessons. This year applications are due by April 15, 2012.

The Let Me Play micro grants cover sport/athletic or dance fees and equipment cost. Minnesota girls, ages 5 to the 10th grade, may apply for up to $500. The idea is for the grant recipient to learn teamwork and experience personal growth. Awards are made in the spring and fall.  Check the website for updated deadlines.

Read about the 2011 student DreamMaker recipient, Shawnnise Watkins, who transitioned from reacting with tough words and her fists to becoming a change agent.  Essentially both micro grants help girls grow in to better, stronger women who will lead–and reach back.

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Although this involves a limited segment of the population, this seems to be such a worthwhile endeavor. Hopefully you–the reader–might know a girl/parent in Minnesota who could use this information.  

Check out the application process here. 

©2012 DLewis

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