When Kaitlyn Martinez heard that one of her friends failed a homework assignment because she didn’t have the simple school supplies of a pencil and paper at home, she wanted to do something to help. Two years later, 14-year-old Kaitlyn is CEO of nonprofit Backpacks 4 Kids AZ, providing students across Arizona with backpacks full of the school supplies they need to succeed.
“In elementary school, my best friend, Kale, was in a wheelchair and I didn’t know why,” said Bailey Walter. “It took me a long time to ask about it, but in fourth grade I talked to his mom and found out he was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 18 months old.” Bailey told her mom she wanted to help.
The high rates of violence in Central America have caused many citizens, including youth, to flee their countries in search of a better life elsewhere. The result has been a greater push by social organizations in these countries and bordering nations to support youth and, ideally, equip them to spark change and improve their communities – rather than leave them. Glasswing International is one such organization.
Every summer, parents and high-school-aged students across the United States look for opportunities to help young people stay engaged and active throughout the season. HandsOn Bay Area, a Points of Light affiliate, provides this type of community programming through HandsOn Tomorrow, a leadership and volunteering day camp for high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area.