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Photo of State Honoree Dominic Fouche

Dominic Fouche

Tampa, Florida

Dominic Fouche, 13, of Tampa, Florida, an eighth-grader at Walker Middle Magnet School, works with his family on the activities of a nonprofit called “Kids 4 A Cause,” with a goal of raising at least $1,000 a month to support a variety of charities and causes. “I was raised in a family that always placed a high value on community service,” said Dominic. When his family lived in South Africa, they frequently supported orphanages and food programs in underserved communities, inspired by the example of Nelson Mandela, he said. After immigrating to the U.S., “we wanted to continue to be of service.”

In his role at Kids 4 A Cause, Dominic spends time researching organizations that need support, developing and selling products such as organic soaps and essential oils to raise money, promoting his organization’s mission through speeches and news media coverage, and recruiting local businesses to help. Some of the organization’s projects include: donating $1,000 to buy food and basic necessities for a children’s home; sponsoring eight children for a grief camp; helping to clean up around the Hillsborough River; supplying 145 supply bags for people experiencing homelessness; and donating $3,000 to provide necessary items and help cover expenses for patients undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. “The most memorable moment each month is when the check is presented to the organization we are supporting,” said Dominic. “The happiness and gratitude on everyone’s faces gives me great joy.”