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It all began with my desire to help one woman. The idea was to make a basic tote bag for a woman who was homeless. My family used any extra money they had to buy little things here and there that would help my mission. It then became a larger idea to make bags for all women experiencing homelessness, and that’s when Khloe Kares began. I would hit the streets with my Kare bags to find any homeless woman I could help. The women's reactions were all different, but they all expressed love. Since the pandemic began, the way I help the homeless community has changed drastically. I went from having in-person events to hosting things through Zoom. I went from delivering Kare bags to shelters, to making over 1,500 masks for the workers in the shelters and other businesses.
“I’m really just a girl who didn’t give up. I believe in myself, and I know nothing happens overnight. I’ve been a philanthropist since the age of 8... and I’ve spent the last 5 years proving to others that you can make a difference at any age.”
The best way to start is to START… so many times people have amazing ideas, but they worry about not being able to make an impact. Find your passion. And align it with a need. Always remember that small things lead to big things, and we all have a responsibility to make this world a better place. In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, I recently hosted a youth rally called “Let’s Start the Conversation,” all about racism, mental health and how we, as youth, can come together. In my own family we were having these hard conversations about what’s going on. This was my first time really dealing with “what does it mean to be a black girl?” and I knew other kids were probably feeling the same way I was. I reached out to some of the most influential people I know who are educated on topics of racial injustice and asked if they could lend their expertise.
None of this happens without having goals, making plans, being patient, and having a clear vision of what I want. I’m really just a girl who didn’t give up. I believe in myself, and I know nothing happens overnight. I’ve been a philanthropist since the age of 8... and I’ve spent the last 5 years proving to others that you can make a difference at any age.
Lea Zesati, @leazesati, Los Angeles, CA
Progress is living intentionally!
“Photography and filming allows me to bring progress to my female and minority community. It gives me the liberty to showcase our talents, strength and all the progress that is being made in ways only we can share.”
The Keds Hand-Book for Women: the progress issue
Progress is changing the conversation
Jordan Reeves, Co-Founder of the non-profit Born Just Right. One of 4 founding members of the STEAM squad, a group of girls who work together to get kids involved in science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Progress is finding your passion
InStyle's Fashion and Beauty's editor-at-large, Kahlana Barfield Brown, on finding your passion both inside and outside the office.
Power is being unapologetically me
Rebekah Bruesehoff, 13-year-old transgender activist, shares her powerful story of living her truth and finding confidence in being herself.