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Meet microgrant recipient Sam (17) from Pikesville, MD. Sam is the current president of the Medical Explorers Club at Pikesville High School. Club members procure, organize and distribute food, toiletries and clothing for homeless students at PHS as well as Baltimore’s homeless via the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center. Sam’s sister, Morgan, started the club 7 years ago, and Sam took the reins after she graduated. With his K4C microgrant, Sam and club members were able to host the club’s 5th annual Feed the Homeless event that involved the entire PHS 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. Microgrant recipients (and sisters) Shreyaa & Esha (18/15) from Virginia founded NEST4US, a 501©3 non-profit organization, as a platform for giving back to the community in a multitude of ways. The mission of NEST4US is to work with communities to provide volunteer and leadership opportunities for youth to make the world better through kindness. Their main goal is to nourish the hungry, inspire youth, and connect the world….

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The highlight of 2020 for Karma for Cara Foundation occurred Friday, December 4 when we hosted our first virtual #InspiredToServe Youth Summit. Nine youth presented 6 microgrant projects to the audience & engaged in Q&A.

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Meet K4C microgrant recipient Shanysa (18) from Riverhead, NY. As Head Junior Volunteer at The Butterfly Effect, a nonprofit that empowers girls living in underserved communities, Shanysa used her award to organize a community garden that stocks healthy, free veggies for food pantries.

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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 Ellie (5) from Kapaa, HI and classmates used her award to create a bountiful school garden filled with fruits and vegetables, flowers and greenery & support the local community in need with organic fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Meet microgrant recipient Mikaela (16) from Colorado. During the pandemic, she felt helpless staying at home & wanted to do something to help those who are more susceptible to the virus. So she decided to make and donate masks for an indefinite period of time and record her progress on a Facebook page.

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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 Agha (16) from Ballwin, MO– founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Literacy Initative–and his team take action on issues that focus on youth across the nation. Since 2017, they’ve involved over 600 volunteers across the US in their efforts to address needs of underserved young 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. Microgrant recipient Jessica (16) from Hacienda Heights, CA & other students from a robotics team at Wilson High School led a project called Level Up. Passionate about encouraging underrepresented communities to explore the field of STEM, the Level Up team worked with Sunset Elementary Orthopedic Handicapped School, a local elementary school committed to serving underserved youth. With 92 percent of the school considered to be socioeconomically disadvantaged, the students do not have many opportunities to be exposed to STEM. For the outreach event, Sunset students interested in STEM had the opportunity to build robots using Lego parts and put together a 3D printed claw assembly. 

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Meet 17 year old microgrant recipient Ashna from Austin, TX. Her project, Learn on Your Terms, is inspired by a passion for combating educational disparity. Through her own experience in public education, she was exposed to the gap in educational quality between students from higher and lower income neighborhoods, and through her research, she knows that the disparity can affect job opportunities and future socioeconomic status of the students in low income communities. Learn On Your Terms is a series of divergent elective courses offered to elementary and middle school students through their local library branch that she hopes will empower students to engage in an educational space they are passionate about and comfortable in.

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Meet microgrant recipient McKenzie (14) from Jackson, MS. During summers and throughout the school year, she facilitates science workshops at locations such as public libraries, Boys and Girls Clubs, Salvation Army Camps, daycares, church camps and after school programs to spread the love of science and show kids how much fun learning about the world around them can be. The workshops involve fun, hands-on experiments that kids don’t experience in their school classrooms & represent different STEM concepts.