Kind Karma employs at-risk and transitioning homeless youth in Toronto. They work with each young person they hire to determine what their goals are and to create a path to reach them. Goals could include education, housing, a career or self-care. The mission of Kind Karma is to break the cycle of poverty by enabling vulnerable youth to reach their full potential so they can continue to pay kindness forward.
Meet some of the artisans that make the jewelry:
Although Ray grew up in an extremely volatile household, which eventually forced them to leave home during their teenage years, Ray is dependable, calm and intelligent. Ray is always eager to learn new skills and practicing yoga is one of their favourite hobbies. Ray has many goals and we are so privileged to be able to support their journey to achieving them.
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.
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 your purchases!