Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipient, Cameron, an 8-year-old who created an anti-bullying group.
1. What inspired you to start Cameron’s Anti-Bully Campaign?
It started when I got in trouble for bullying a boy at school. He had a doll and I thought it was funny, so I teased him. Afterward, I felt really bad and decided that I could help make him fell better by starting an Anti-Bully Club at school. That was I could help other kids learn about acceptance and making better choices. When the club got so many kids, I thought that if I made a video about my story they could learn from my mistake. When the video when viral, it helped me see how many kids out there are having trouble making good choices, too. I started Cameron’s Anti-Bully Campaign so that I could help other kids around the world realize that they can change.
2. Why is your work important to you?
I struggle with making good choices, but my parents don’t let me use that as an excuse. I know other kids are struggling too. It doesn’t mean that they’re bad kids. Just that they don’t understand how they are hurting others. I want to help them understand that, and learn about positive choices.
3. How did the money from the microgrant help with your project?
My new goal is help stop bullying in every school in the U.S. It’s a big goal, and I’ll need a lot of help to reach lots of kids. I’m using the money I received to help create “Starter Packs” full of awesome Anti-Bullying information & products. I will give these out for free to any student who wants to start an Anti-Bullying Club at their school, so that they have something to start it with. This money is helping pay for some basic items they’ll need in their club like art supplies and paper and also the cost to mail them to the students.
4. What message of giving back do you have for others?
After the bullying incident I asked my mom whey I still felt bad about it. She explained that I was ashamed of my actions and I was trying to think about how to make that feeling go away. I know that if I felt bad, that other kids must feel bad too. My mission is reach kids who have made the wrong choice to bully others. Maybe they are looking for a way to make up for their mistakes too. I want them to know that It’s not too late to change. It’s easier to make friends by accepting others for who they are. You may be surprised and find a good friend.