Our Youth Artisans
"Working at Kind Karma has been a life changing experience. I have never been able to hold down a job before but now I can say I have found steady employment in a wonderful environment."
Kind Karma is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of marginalized youth by hiring them as jewelry artisans. Every youth is an employee of the company and receives wages as they would at any other job even though they often don't feel like this is "work"! Since Kind Karma does not receive public funding, all youth wages (and the proceeds youth receive) are completely funded through sales made by our amazing communit of customers. While we hope our team will grow exponentially one day, we are proud to be able to support perhaps a smaller number of youths than you may imagine but in greater ways. Here are some of their stories:
Although she describes her home as an environment with frequent conflict, Brooke herself is the most positive person you could ever imagine. Brooke is consistently the sweetest individual who is always ready to lend a hand or give a hug in support. She loves spending her spare time taking care of her pet animals and is also an amazing artist.
Rachael has had the most difficult past experiences to overcome but she is the embodiment of strength and resilience. Her determination is nothing short of inspirational and she is extremely understanding, mature and kind. Art-therapy employment seems to be designed for her and she is always eager to learn and develop her skills. We are so privileged to have her on our team and help her through find success through meaningful employment.
Originally from Iran, Farnaz came to Canada as a refugee and is adapting to life in her new home. She is such an inspiring individual for leaving everything behind to move across the world, alone, not even knowing the language. Farnaz is currently in school to improve her English and hopes to one day attend university to become an engineer! We are thrilled to be a part of her journey and are honored to support her in her new home.
Nik is a veteran of the children and youth service system but has made the most of his experiences and is one of the most intelligent individuals we have had the pleasure of working with. Nik loves learning about how things work and is always ready to participate in discussions of opinion where he can share his views and knowledge. He loves longboarding around the city and is so creative - he's always making the smallest objects out of little scraps of metal and paperclips.
"When I come into work, I feel a sensation of relief knowing I'll get to hang out with the kindest people I've ever met and create piecces that make others happy. I didn't think I was capable of making any sort of pieces though with a bit of time and a helping hand, I feel confident in myself and gained a new passion I absolutely love to death."