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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. When 17 year old Sophie from St. Louis realized she, her neighbors, and their twin sons who are on the autism spectrum were walking in the same direction at the same time, she volunteered to walk the boys to school on a daily basis. From her time with the boys, Sophie learned that although they were very excited about the concept of sports, they were unable to participate. After connecting with organizations such as Autism Speaks, Sophie used her K4C award to host Sports-4-All summer sports clinics for young children on the spectrum. She rented field space and equipment and purchased healthy snacks for participants. She has plans to host future clinics throughout the school year.

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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. Stephanie (17) of the Bronx, New York worked with her school’s United Nations Committee on a project called Little Free Library. The nonprofit’s mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges. Stephanie and the UN Committee believe students often feel segregated and pre-emotively judged. As a result of her project, students will be encouraged to read and expand their knowledge by using the Little Free Library.

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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. 16 year old microgrant recipient Tamaya from Georgia used her award to serve seniors and disabled members of her community by planning a day of elegance for them. Tamaya and the Thomaston Housing Authority Youth Advisory Council hosted more than 60 attendees aged 55 years and older for their first ever Senior Prom.

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Karma for Cara Foundation microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Meet microgrant recipient Riley, a 16 year old who founded Rainbow Pack, an organization that distributes new backpacks full of homework supplies to students throughout the Los Angeles area. This is the second microgrant Karma for Cara has awarded to Riley.

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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 15 year old Jocelyn from Virginia. Jocelyn used her award to launch Got Tec Richmond (Gifts of Technology for Teachers, Education, and Children), a community service initiative. Its mission is to fund and deliver needed technology equipment to underserved and underfunded schools. Jocelyn created a technology library at her school that over 320 students and 18 teachers can access. She also scheduled a “Learn to Code” day for students.

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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. 13 year old microgrant recipient Kaitlyn from Arizona used her award to fill backpacks with hygiene supplies, clothes, toys, a stuffed animal & a blanket for kids who are placed in foster care. Her goal was to provide 200 “Love Bundles” to local DES offices, group homes, and shelters.

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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 microgrant recipient Joni, 13. Joni used her award to purchase paint, garden supplies, flowers & other items needed to repair the garden at her community’s Esperanza Center. Joni worked with other students to beautify and rejuvenate the center’s garden at their new location. The new location houses its Family Reunification Program which provides case management and essential services to youth who immigrate to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors.

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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 8 year old Gavin who used his award to purchase paint and other needed supplies to repaint three buildings at his sports organization. Located in a low-income area of his community, the sports organization suffered from lack of funding. Gavin wanted to help and brought together some of his fellow teammates, their dads, and other volunteers to complete the project.

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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 16 year old microgrant recipient Madelyn from Vermont. Madelyn used her award to create a garden for her after school program to teach kids about the environment and how to plant & landscape. Throughout her project, students learned how to plant beds & vegetables and maintain the garden.

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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 16-year-old John from Florida. John used his award to organize a community-wide garden weekend & revitalize the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage (FISH) Preserve. Volunteers planted trees, shrubs & grasses on the island to help with his revitalization project.