Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Kaitlyn


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, Kaitlyn, a 14-year-old who created healthy treats for dogs at the Paws and Think Shelter.  The treats will be used during the Youth Canine Program, where students who are struggling academically and behaviorally in school learn to train dogs.

1. What inspired you to start “Treats for Training?”

At school, I got to choose which elective class I wanted to take, and I thought learning how to write a grant would be a useful skill. During that class, speakers from different organizations came and talked to us about what they did. Brad K. brought his dog and told us about how Paws and Think trained dogs while helping kids. I thought it was a great way to make a difference in human and animal lives alike. I’ve always loved dogs, and I knew that was the organization I wanted to help.

2. Why is your work important to you?
I have always wanted to make a difference in someone’s life, but I thought that it would happen when I got older. My work is very important and very special to me because I never dreamed of my grant being accepted and being able to make so many kids and dogs happy at 14.
3. How did the money from the microgrant help you with your project?
The money from the microgrant helped me with my project because I wouldn’t have been able to order 200 bags for the kids in the program. The kids can use the bags and it will remind them of their time at Paws and Think. I wouldn’t have been able to give them those without the money.
4. What message of giving back do you have for others?
Never think you’re too young or too old to give back and make a difference. Opportunities will come, you just have to be looking!