Q&A With Microgrant Recipients Ray and Rose

Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipients, Ray and Rose. Ray and Rose founded the “Little Mozart Program” which provides free piano lessons to underprivileged children in their community.
1. What inspired to start this project?  
 After completing the highest level of piano exam offered by the Royal School of Music, both of us looked back on our entire piano experience and realized that while achievements like awards are good and all, we had achieved nothing. Our passion for music only served to entertain us, yet we did not think to use our talents to make a difference in the world and within our community.  It was this realization which inspired us to found the Little Mozart Program, under which we provide free piano lessons to underprivileged children within the Bay Area.
2. Why is your work important to you?
We can definitively say that receiving musical education during our youth had a positive impact emotionally, intellectually, and socially, ultimately shaping our lives and future. Thus, we hope that these opportunities are available to everyone within the community,  especially to the underserved. With this in mind, we strive to help other children experience the joy of music and absorb its benefits.
3. How did the money from the micro-grant help with your project?  
The money from the micro grant was directed towards purchasing keyboards which the students brought home to practice on, as well as on music books, CD’s, and instructional material used daily in our Little Mozart Program. Additionally, the money was used to rent a music classroom in which the weekly lessons were held.
4. What message of giving back do you have for others.
It is simply not enough to be content with one’s achievements. In our opinion, to make a true impact on society and other’s lives, one must never stop looking for ways to benefit your community and help others. Ultimately, finding what you are passionate about and helping others find that passion too, is the best way to make a difference in your community.