Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Frishta


17 year old microgrant recipient Frishta from Anaheim, CA used her award to facilitate a service day run by youth for youth. The purpose was to provide vital health education to African-American and Latino children in low-income, minority neighborhoods who are overwhelmingly developing diabetes and heart-disease. Local high school students were recruited as volunteers to carry out a free health literacy workshop. Frishta hopes this event will strengthen her community as well as raise awareness around these preventative health issues.

  1. How many people participated in your service project?

The project had two different kinds of participants: the audience and volunteers. The dozen volunteers were taken from a local high school while approximately 35 elementary school-aged students participated in the workshop.

2. How many hours did you and other participants spend on the project?

The planning began in late December and stretched into the summer. We spent the first formative months developing PowerPoints and lessons to prepare our message and materials for the actual workshop. Afterwards, we pinpointed a target audience and gathered our guests.

3. What did you learn from this experience?

I definitely learned that access to healthcare is unfortunately defined by socio-economic factors. Children coming from underprivileged backgrounds are more likely to be denied basic rights. It takes a matter of community mobilization in order to tackle the issue at hand.

4. How will your project continue having an impact in the future?

I believe that this project serves as an inspiration point especially for those who were involved as volunteers. The first-hand experience gave them a glimpse of the at-risk children living within our community. As a result, they are more empowered to become agents of change.

5. Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went.

The project was coordinated by local students. Volunteerism was the foundation of an ambitious initiative to empower students to address a growing problem within their community. I believe that this first workshop is indicative of exactly how impactful youth can be.

  1. How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project?

The Karma for Cara microgrant allowed us to not only develop the lessons used for the project but also aided in materials and logistics. We were able to complete the project from planning to implementation with the grant. Additionally, the products produced from this initial project are a jumping-off point for future endeavors.