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Kennedi CarterKennedi Carter, at age 12 joined her big brother, Princeton, in forming the non-profit My Brothers' Keeper NOLA in order to "make the world a better place, one meal at a time." Now that Princeton is gone off to college, Kennedi has taken on the responsibilities of the organization to continue where she and her brother left off. Kennedi believes that she is her sisters' keeper and is shifting the mission of the organization. Kennedi's Mission is to focus on young girls in the community by specifically doing things to build their Strength, Leadership and Empowerment. Kennedi would like to focus on the following: Provide Early Leadership Opportunities for girls, find ways to help girls make a difference in the community and to encourage their self-esteem, counter peer pressure by giving them the tools to lead and foster their Voices (Girls say their fear of public speaking (followed by shyness and embarrassment is their number one problem). Breaking these obstacles are important to MBKNOLA and we will initiate things within our community to help girls to assume leadership roles. It is time put together a coalition to empower girls and create leaders to drive the gender equality debate further and solve the problems facing our community. There is a gap in regards to women in leadership and MBKNOLA wants your help to solve this problem. By collectively taking ownership and taking action to build girl leaders, we become leaders who can propel people forward into a more inclusive, accepting society.

Join us as we build girls within our community who are leaders, motivated, educated, and connected- help us to build a network of girls in our communities who are making meaningful and inspiring differences in the world!!!”

 

Princeton CarterPrinceton Carter, at age 14, founded the non-profit My Brother’s Keeper in order to “make the world a better place, one meal at a time.” He has collected over $10,000 in grocery store gift card donations for military families, more than 300 toys/books for the Women’s Mission and over 200 items of clothing for Covenant House residents transitioning back into the job market. Princeton was moved into action when he witnessed a homeless veteran begging for food under the Claiborne Avenue underpass bridge last summer. “They give their lives for this country, the ultimate price, so why can’t we help make the lives of our veterans a little easier?” He and his cadre of volunteers raise money and clothing donations by sending emails, handing out fliers and through their internet requests. Princeton organizes donation bends through his school campus to collect donations as they come and leave the campus. In his newest program, he cofounded the Youth Leadership Council with the New Orleans Volunteers of America foundation. The vision of the Council is to train young leaders (middle and high school kids) throughout the state of Louisiana to run community service projects such as food drives, assistance to the elderly, the homeless and disabled. “I’ve learned that I can’t fix the world’s problems alone, but together we can make it a little bit better,” explains Princeton. “I’ve realized that I can step up, do my part and inspire others to work together to help solve the many challenges we are facing in our communities.” Princeton delivers many items for those in need in his community. He delivers shoes, suits, food items, books and grocery gift cards to local charities who he has partnered with such as Covenant House and Volunteers of America. “The nation needs our ideas and our energy to help solve the problems our people, our nation and our world is facing. We can all do a little bit to help our war veterans and their families. It really does matter.”

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