A thank you video created by student leaders with the BSU and CYC.

A group of Cambridge high school students wanted to help out their community during the pandemic, so they organized, set a goal, led outreach, and, in just a month’s time, successfully raised and directed funds where they were needed most—to the tune of $24,510 total to 12 community organizations.

Kicked off on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and spearheaded by over 50 youth—members of the Cambridge Youth Council (CYC) and the Black Student Union (BSU) at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School—this fundraiser actively called on students, parents, teachers, alumni, and neighbors to donate, through a flurry of social media posts and flyers pasted throughout several neighborhoods. They raised over $12,510 and the Cambridge Community Foundation was honored to contribute a match of $12K.

“I realized how connected the community is, how everyone is so willing to help, put all our hands together, and make a difference,” said Hiba Eddaif, CYC president.

“The youth really showed out,” added BSU president Routh Derege. “We saw people donate even $10—it was nice to see other youth supporting the community.”

We’re incredibly inspired by this group of young civic leaders who stepped up for the community and continue to create positive change in Cambridge.

The 12 grant recipients of this effort are: