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.
- What was your project’s focus area? We put together boxes for teens who have cancer and are in the hospital. We have curated products and brands that we love and hope they will enjoy them as well.
- What inspired you to start this project? We were first inspired to start this project when we learned that teen girls with cancer have the highest reports of depression. We wanted to do something that would put a smile on their faces when they worked through these difficult times.
- While working on your project, what surprised you? While working on this project, we were so surprised at how amazing people were, and how so many people helped with donations.
- What do you feel you learned from this experience? We all learned so many things about the process of cancer treatments and how fulfilling it can feel to give back to the community.
- How did Karma for Cara impact your project? The Karma for Cara grant helped us buy our products and helped us fund our boxes.
- How will your project continue to impact others? We are just starting our journey and we can’t wait to continue bringing surprises and smiles to others.
- How many hours did you spend on your project? 70
- How many youth volunteers were involved in your project? 5
- How many total hours did other youth volunteers spend on your project? 70