Rancho Santa Fe teen’s 1Kid fundraiser supports art in hospitals, schools

The 1Kid nonprofit, an organization founded by Rancho Santa Fe teenager Micaela Roy, will host its first big fundraiser, “The Starry Night Art Show,” on Saturday, March 28, at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center.

1Kid seeks to help children in low-income schools and hospitals use art to develop creativity and identity, and find healing through self-expression.

Both high school and professional artists have donated art for sale at the event and guests will enjoy desserts, wine and live music performed by Torrey Pines High musicians.

The evening begins at 7 p.m.

Micaela, a 17-year-old junior at Torrey Pines High School, is an artist herself and had the idea of building art kits to bring supplies to schools that were lacking. She also wanted to extend the kits to children in hospitals, giving them something to do that would brighten their days.

She approached her parents with the idea of 1Kid, and they helped her set it up as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Then they got out of the way and let Micaela steer.

“We think it’s awesome that she has been so driven to do this, and that she keeps on looking for ways to improve her organization, ” her mother Lita said.

1Kid Clubs have formed at Torrey Pines and Canyon Crest Academy. Micaela gets help at Torrey Pines from co-vice presidents Victoria Austin and Kaitlyn Garber, and Mikayla Chang is the president of the CCA club. Each group raises funds and pools resources to provide art classes and art kits to kids in need.

After donating kits to low-income schools in Tijuana and Indonesia and to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Micaela connected with Rady Children’s Hospital. Rady encouraged 1Kid to work with the families at Ronald McDonald House.

Last month, a group of 1Kid volunteers was able to do arts and crafts with the young siblings of Rady patients living at Ronald McDonald House, providing a creative and fun vehicle for psychological healing.

For information on how to support 1Kid or to donate artwork to the art show, visit 1-Kid.org.

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