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Karma for Cara Foundation microgrant recipients have competed in an application process alongside other young people who spearhead an exceptional service project that benefits their community.

In order to qualify for a K4C award, an applicant must be 18 years of age or younger, and the project must take place in the US.

Who? Aiman (16 years old)

What? Chicago Association of Student Engineers (CASE), a nonprofit, student-run STEM organization for high school students interested in engineering

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youth 18 years of age & younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Microgrant recipient Santino (15) from OH and other students from John F. Kennedy Catholic School were part of a student committee charged with making the school more visible to the community, specifically by transforming the school’s courtyard into a vegetable garden that could support the cafeteria’s efforts to create healthy meals.

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Meet K4C microgrant recipient Lexi (16) from OK. Lexi’s high school, Broken Arrow Vanguard Academy, offers an alternative to the traditional high school experience, where students use a human-centered approach to design creative and unique opportunities to solve problems in their community. As a part of Lexi’s engineering design class, her coach prompted students to reach out to a former teacher who impacted their lives and for whom students wanted to pay it forward. So Lexi reached out to Mrs. Pearson, the reading recovery interventionist, at Country Lane Primary. Lexi asked her what she could do to help support her and her classroom, and Mrs. Pearson’s response was: provide a safe, reliable place for students to read and advance their literacy capabilities.

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Microgrant recipient Caleb (14) from ID used his award to host a robotics club for elementary school students two days a week after school, giving them plenty of time to develop robots for the 2022 Superpowered FLL game and to learn the basics of robotics and STEM as a whole. His goal was to show the students how fun and valuable participating in robotics can be and jump-start their journey in STEM and in FIRST.

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youth 18 years of age & younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Microgrant recipient Dylan (15) from CA is part of the nonprofit, The Hope Brigade, a movement of teens supporting other teens during their time of need.  She and her team used her K4C award to provide uplifting care packages to teen girls diagnosed with cancer. Statistically, teen cancer patients have the highest rates of depression; not only are they fighting a disease, they are often isolated from their peers and schools in the process. The Hope Brigade aims to connect them with a community of girls their age.

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Meet K4C microgrant recipient Jack (14) from MD! For his Eagle Scout project, Jack and team created, renovated, and added activities for eco camps and school groups that use Pickering Creek Audubon Society to learn about the outdoors and enjoy nature. 

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youth 18 years of age & younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Microgrant recipient Aanya (16) from FL used her award to give girls attending Title 1 low-income middle and high schools direct & free access to menstrual products in bathrooms to manage their cycle with dignity. She founded the nonprofit Global Girls Initiative in 2020, and you can read more about her work fighting period poverty here.

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Microgrant recipient William (14) from TN used his award to make vanilla extract that he sold at the Knoxville Boat Show. The founder of Vanilla Feeds Tomorrow, William makes, sells and ships his homemade formula across the country to customers, and 100% of the profits are donated directly to a local food bank that provides meals for East Tennessee residents in need. Every dollar donated results in 3 meals. So each bottle of his homemade vanilla extract turns into 42 meals for others. During the time period William ran his K4C project, a corporate sponsor matched William’s donation, so each bottle actually resulted in 84 meals for those in need!

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Meet microgrant recipient Lucas (17) from ID. He runs what he calls IMAGINE BELIEVE ACHIEVE assemblies with middle and high school students on the topics of bullying, self-esteem & suicide. Luc founded his own nonprofit I Love This Life Foundation and has engaged 26,000 students in the assemblies since 2019. With his award, Lucas was able to spread his message to students in Montana.

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youth 18 years of age & younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Microgrant recipient Sirihaasa (16) used her award to create a Town of Normal, Illinois Time Capsule & host an accompanying event to preserve the memories and legacies of Normal citizens for 20 years. The mental health of her fellow classmates plummeted during 2020, and they had minimal resources or groups to discuss the impacts of COVID on their health. In order to move on & create a stronger and brighter future for her classmates and her town, Sirihaasa envisioned a project where everyone could cumulatively share their experiences which would in turn rebuild their town’s unity and cultivate a sense of closure.