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Karma for Cara microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 years of age and under working to better their communities. Meet microgrant recipients, Grace and Chase, schoolmates who are both 16 years old. Over the summer, Grace and Chase were able to work at a refugee center and learn more about this overlooked population. Funding to support this particular center was unfortunately drastically reduced. The duo decided to found JaxTHRIVE (Teens Helping Refugees Integrate Via Engagement), a community initiative dedicated to educating and empowering young refugees in Jacksonville, FL. The structure of days their team is involved at the center includes tutoring in the morning, followed by lunch, and then a fun, educational activity in the afternoon.

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. 15 year old Emma from Arlington VA started a project called Why Pollinators Matter with her award. Two years prior she began beekeeping, but the colony died because of pesticides. Emma now has successful hives, and her project involved educating the community about the importance of honey bees. Emma made presentations at local pre-, elementary and middle schools. She also offered personal hive visits to families so they could see inside a hive and learn how it works.

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. 8 year old Cloe from Oklahoma used her award to purchase shovels, seeds, plants, and other supplies to create a vegetable and flower garden at her school. With the help of a group of volunteers, Cloe plotted out the spot for the garden, built it, and began to plant for the upcoming spring. Cloe exclaimed, “I love my school, but it has no trees or plants outside!”

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Microgrant recipient Eve from Minnesota founded Students Making A Difference in November 2016. When she personally witnessed the bullying of peers because of poor hygiene and delved deeper, she realized the breadth & depth of the issue and saw a need. Her project provided hygiene kits to kids who may not have had the essential items available to them. SMAD provided 250+ kits to kids in her community through monthly drop-offs to schools, recovery centers, and Head Start programs.

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Microgrant recipient Claire used her award to further develop her program STEM4Students. S4S provides a four-day STEM summer camp to 100 economically disadvantaged 2nd grade students at Guadalupe Center in Florida. Claire’s goal with STEM4Students is to make it possible for students who might not think or know about STEM to turn knowledge about it into a potential career. 

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Microgrant recipient Ana’s project Teach, Grow, Reach was something she started after her relative passed away due to malnutrition.  Ana wants to prevent this from happening to others. As part of the project 9th graders in the environmental magnet program at her school grew organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables and give them to the elderly. As far as distribution, Ana worked with an assisted living center in her community.

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Meet 5 year old Izabella from Alisa Viejo, CA who loves to pick up trash. She and her friends pick up trash after lunch in their school’s garden, and they frequently stuff wrappers in their pockets for future use! Izabella and her friends wanted to enlist their classmates’ help with picking up trash by purchasing “grabbers” which makes picking up trash more fun (and clean). They broadened their own trash-gathering scope from lunchtime in the garden to the playground and bathrooms. When the grabbers were distributed, a teacher read a book about picking up trash to all students in the garden during storytime.  Students also made drawings showing how the grabbers helped them pick up trash.

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Meet 7 year old Luke from Winter Haven, FL.  For his project he and his classmates made blessing bags full of food for the hungry. Luke stated, “I want to feed hungry people and get my class to do the same. When I see people that are hungry I want to bring them home with me.” 

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Meet 17 year old Trinity from Memphis TN. Inspired by her own journey to overcome anxiety and depression, Note 2 Self was an art expression project for Trinity’s Girl Scout Gold Award. She states, “Art is what gets me through. It allows me to speak when I do not have the words. It is my release when the world becomes too big. I want to share my experience with others and teach them about the power of expression and that mental illness is not taboo.” Trinity hosted an art expression workshop for teens that included a showcase of participants’ art work for family & friends that doubled as an awareness event about mental illness. 

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Kade (14) from Maryland used her award to create and distribute Kids Care Boxes to children at a local family shelter where she works after noticing that incoming children were often scared when they arrived. Kade worked with the shelter to survey incoming families to figure out what specific items were needed most and what types of items would help make them feel more welcomed. Kade decided to gather items, box/bag them, and even created little booklets with general information about the shelter and other important information.