Despite setbacks in her life, like her Central Falls home being destroyed in a house fire in March of 2015, Carter never gave up her quest to help others. Thankfully, everyone made it out alive, but they lost everything and were forced to live in a hotel. Even then, Carter never stopped helping others and was also grateful to those who reached out to her family. Carter is currently researching the foster care system in Rhode Island and is working to put together care packages for children who are removed from their homes on an emergency basis.

“My main focus is foster youth because those are the people I feel need the most attention. I would do anything in my power to provide comfort and relief to the youth that we have in foster care today, because those are the people who need the most tender loving care,” states Carter.

“I nominated Ariana Carter to be a Metta Student because she epitomizes everything that Metta believes in. Ariana is someone who cares deeply about others and often people who are less fortunate and in the most need,” states Blackstone Academy English Teacher Paul Healy. “Last year, Ariana completed a drive for Pennies for Patients and another drive for the Make a Wish foundation. Through these drives, Ariana and her partner were able to raise roughly $1,000. To help with this cause, Ariana also organized a “Ballin’ for a Cause” basketball game in which the proceeds went towards the Make a Wish foundation. This was a great event for Ariana because she is an accomplished athlete who was captain of both the Central Falls High School girls’ volleyball and basketball teams.”