After seeing one of her classmates fail a writing assignment because she didn't have school supplies, Kaitlyn Martinez decided she needed to take action.
Only a sophomore at the Phoenix Coding Academy, Martinez selflessly helped her classmate get the materials she needed to succeed in school, and didn't stop there.
“We ended up doing backpack supplies for the whole school, with my old school and then it kind of just went from there,” Martinez said.
From there is when she created Backpacks for Kids AZ, now a 501(c) nonprofit, whose goal is to provide "love bundles," backpacks filled with school supplies and hygienic items, to kids who need it most.
As a result of her kindness, Martinez has been recognized by her principal, Seth Beute, and awarded the Prudential Spirit of Community award, along with the president’s Volunteer Service award.