Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. A group of student from the New Tech Girls Chat Group at Everett High School in Michigan used their award to purchase knitting supplies and host a knitting workshop where participants learned the basics of knitting including needle types, terms, and styles. Workshop participants also learned how knitting can be an activity for relaxation and relieving stress. Knitting students will return for future workshops where they will knit two items, one for donation and one to keep.
- How many volunteers participated in your project? How many hours did it involve? 13-14 students participated in our project, and it took approximately 30 hours.
- What did you learn from this experience?There were many lessons learned from this project. Such as planning, understanding the concept of community project-based learning. Students were engaged and took pride in helping one another master the skill of knitting, which resulted in showing how handmade items are very useful and are less expensive than buying items from a store (in some cases). Students learned the importance of how a particular needle can create a different type of knitting stitch. In other words, students learned various knitting terms and styles. More importantly, students stated that knitting was relaxing, and help with daily stress. This project also brought families together. Grandmothers and their grandchildren have been working together outside of the school on various projects.
- How will your project continue having an impact in the future? Students that have mastered the skill of knitting will mentor and instruct others that do not know how to knit. They plan is to continue to do this yearly from the months of October–March. Students will make two knitted items. One item will be for donations and the other items will be for themselves.
- Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went. We set a timeline for the first knitting project to be completed before Christmas. The reason behind this is so that knitted items could be added to Christmas care packages for a local homeless shelter.
- How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? The Karma for Cara microgrant was the only way we could be as successful as we were with our community service project. Yarn and needles were needed for every student that participated in our project. With that being said, we have over 25 students participating in the Everett Knitting Club to date because of current students sharing their experiences.