When Kaitlyn Martinez saw one of her classmates fail a writing assignment because she had no pencils or paper at home and was too embarrassed to tell the teacher, the 15 year old had an idea. She began a nonprofit called Backpacks 4 Kids AZ. The organization gives "Love Bundles" to shelters, county offices, resource centers, foster parent agencies, police stations and schools for abused or neglected children, and backpacks filled with school supplies to disadvantaged children.
Now a sophomore at Phoenix Coding Academy, Martinez has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and with a president’s Volunteer Service Award.
Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.
Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state and the District of Columbia.
President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. Besides her Backpacks 4 Kids AZ, https://www.backpacks4kidsaz.com/ she is actively involved in just about every volunteer and community service opportunity at school.
“We are extremely proud of the work Kaitlyn does at school and especially in the community at large,” Coding Academy Principal Seth Beute said