Photo by Les Stukenberg.
The Daily Courier lists its inaugural 20 Under 40 winners today, for which readers honored 20 area entrepreneurs, managers, business owners and professionals younger than 40.
Fourteen years ago, Courtney Osterfelt had the idea to start the Women’s Empowerment Breakthrough (WEB) as her senior project at Prescott College. Having started out as a conference to help teenage girls explore, define and achieve their goals, the non-profit effort eventually blossomed into much more.
Courtney at a glance
Director at The Launch Pad, founder of the Women’s Empowerment Breakthrough (WEB)
Education: BA from Prescott College in Education for Social Change and Environmental Studies; MA from Prescott College in Social Activism and Community Development
Family: Husband, Cooper Carr. Two nieces. Sister is best friend.
Interests: Crossfit; rock climbing; trail run; reading non-fiction; cooking unusual delicious foods; listening to talk radio; and occasionally playing the piano. Also loves spending time with family and 23-pound cat, Scrambles.
Business address: 335 E Aubrey St. Prescott
Phone number: 928-632-2996
“After a decade of hearing girls ask for more I decided that we needed to start a teen center,” Osterfelt said.
With community support, Osterfelt successfully opened that teen center two-and-a-half years ago, calling it The Launch Pad. Working as the non-profit’s executive director, Osterfelt has managed to raise enough money in the last year to incorporate a full-time paid Program Coordinator and a part-time After School Program Facilitator. The organization offers an internship program, a leadership program, after school programs, monthly music shows, dances, volunteer programs and educational workshops.
The best part of the gig: “I get to play as much as I work,” Osterfelt said. Every week she can expect to laugh with teens, play games, create art, and much more.
Most of the time, she’s striving to raise money for The Launch Pad, build connections and partnerships for the programs and market them. However, she finds it critical to spend time with the teens she is working so hard to help.
“It reminds me of why we do what we do, and it gives me time to truly hear from our teens and learn from them about how we can do our best to create positive change in their lives,” Osterfelt said.
The Prescott Chamber of Commerce recently awarded The Launch Pad a Healthy Prescott Business Award for Best Small Non-Profit Organization in 2015.