Hi my name Kaitlyn Martinez, I am 13 years old and the founder of Backpacks

4 Kids AZ.

Last year I created Backpacks 4 Kids AZ, after one of my friends failed a

writing assignment because she did not have pencils and paper at home and

was too embarrassed to tell the teacher.

It made me start wondering how many other kids are failing for the same

reason, so with some help from my mom I created a facebook page, and then

asked my school, church and a friend of my mom's if I could set up donation


I spent the summer creating flyers for my School Supply Drive and posting

them everywhere, asking family and friends for help, by the end of the

summer I collected enough school supplies for the 175 students at my school.

This year I was able to turn Backpacks 4 Kids AZ into a non profit

organization and have gotten other students involved, and we were able to

supply 300 students with backpacks full of school supplies. We are going to

start creating " Love Bundles" (backpack filled with toothpaste,

toothbrush, shampoo, hairbrush, comb, \ throw blanket, and a toy ) for kids

in foster care.

I plan on continuing efforts, because no child should have to fail, because

they can’t afford school supplies.


Looking to connect with... 

I am looking to connect with other groups or businesses who want to make a

difference, and would like to work together so we can supply more kids with

the tools they need to succeed. Anyone who wants to make a difference can

get involved in Backpacks 4 Kids AZ , we appreciate all help big and small.


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