Since 21-year-old Courtney Klein was seven years old, she has been passionate about finding ways to help those less fortunate. During her high school years, as an ASU student and now as a graduate, she continues to serve others and donates between 30-40 hours per week to her favorite causes. This isn’t the first time Courtney has been singled out for her service to the community. She was named 2002 Woman of the Year for the Phoenix Diocese and has been interviewed on television and radio for her letter writing campaign to soldiers in Iraq. During the 2005 ASU semester, Courtney earned the Edson Student Entrepreneur award to begin Youth Re:Action Corps, a nonprofit organization that educates, empowers and invests in young people that want to create effective change in the world. Wherever Courtney goes problems are solved and lives get better. She led eight volunteer teams to the Esperanza Orphanage in Mexico to assist in the redevelopment of two dormitory buildings. She traveled with Gift of Life on behalf of Manos de Ayuda Medical Clinic to serve as a translator for a young boy needing a life-saving surgery. She has accompanied fellow volunteers to the Yucatan to rebuild roofs and construct a new school. She has served as a mentor to single mothers at Maggie’s Place, cleaned houses for Save the Family and currently serves as the volunteer Executive Director for Books for a Better World.
According to Courtney, “Volunteering is not a scheduled activity for me…it’s more of a life style. It’s just the way I live.”