Karson Baldwin

Karson Baldwin – Teen Co-President

16 year old Karson Baldwin of Ohio is the founder of Project RACE Kids and current President of Project RACE Teens.

“Now, more than ever, it’s important that the growing
multiracial population confidently embrace and celebrate who we are,” Karson explains.

Karson coordinates the PR Youth Leadership Team and helped launch Multiracial Heritage Week. His favorite experience at Project RACE so far has been the opportunity to interview his political hero, Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca, NY, for a feature on our website.

Karson recently shared a quote that sums up his life’s philosophy. “Adults get to vote once a year in elections; but when young people volunteer, we get to vote every day about the kind of community we want to live in.”

Karson’s dedication to community engagement began as a child going door-to-door with his family to provide smoke alarm to at-risk communities. They also traveled to the Dominican Republic to teach English to Haitian refugees who fled to DR following the 2010 earthquake. After Hurricane Sandy hit, he spent months volunteering every weekend in a play therapy class for children recovering from disaster.

Today, in addition to his work with Project RACE, Karson is one of 10 high school students on the National Youth Advisory Council of HOPE worldwide, an international non-profit that provides high-impact, community-based services to the poor. This summer, Karson attended his second NYAC Servant Leadership Academy in Mexico, to learn from missionaries and local people about how to “serve in ways that affirm people’s dignity and lead to real change.” His passion project this year has been working with hundreds of refugee students at Cleveland’s K-12 International Newcomers Academy. He has designed ongoing relational service projects pairing American youth volunteers with students from 47 countries. Karson serves in many leadership roles and plays basketball and varsity football for University School where he is a straight A student and the recipient of the Gold Aurelian Award for Service and the 2018 Scovil Award, given to the student that best embodies the school’s motto of Responsibility, Loyalty and Consideration. Karson is also delighted to serve as a GOODdler
intern to help bring a youth voice to humanitarian issues facing our world.

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