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Distinguished Finalist

Mia Garcia

Antonito, Colorado

Mia Garcia, 18, of Antonito, Colorado, a senior at Centauri High School, started “L.I.G.H.T Project (Lasting Impact of Generosity to Help with Transition),” through which she provides duffle bags, hygiene kits, school supplies, coats and Christmas toys to children in foster care, or who have to go live with relatives other than their birth parents; her efforts include raising awareness about her cause, soliciting donations and corporate sponsorships, and assembling kits. Mia was inspired to start this project after seeing loved ones struggle during their transition to kinship care.