Awards Program Honors Students in Grades 5-12 for Outstanding Volunteer Service
18th Annual Search Under Way for Nation’s Top Youth Volunteers
Over the past 17 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 10,000 middle and high school students across the country for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities. The search has begun to identify thousands more who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as the awards program kicks off its 18th year.
These awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by students in grades 5 through 12 at the local, state and national level.
Young volunteers can apply online at spirit.prudential.com or at www.nassp.org/spirit. Applications must be completed by November 6, 2012 and then submitted to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or affiliate of HandsOn Network. Paper versions of the application form are available by calling 877-525-8491 (toll- free).
Participating schools and local organizations will select Local Honorees in early November and present them with Certificates of Achievement. These Local Honorees also will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award if they have contributed the minimum number of volunteer hours to qualify (50 hours for age 14 and younger, 100 hours for those older). All Local Honorees are then reviewed by a state-level judging committee, which will name the top two candidates from each state and the District of Columbia—one high school student and one middle level student—as State Honorees on February 5, 2013. These State Honorees will receive $1,000 awards, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. with a parent for four days of recognition events May 4- 7, 2013. Runners-up at the state level will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.
In Washington, a distinguished national selection committee will name 10 of the 102 State Honorees as America’s top youth volunteers of 2013. These National Honorees will receive $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. The awards program is also conducted in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland and India, where Prudential has significant business operations.
[Submitted by Gateway Regional School District]