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Caption: State Honoree Jashira Bolden with Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix.
Awards Program Honors Students in Grades 5-12 for Outstanding Volunteer Service
Officials at Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with members of the National Association of Secondary School Principals will hold their 19th annual, Prudential Spirit of Community awards in November, honoring two students (grades 5-12) from each participating state who volunteer in their communities to promote health and safety, to help the less fortunate and other activities. Participating schools and local organizations will select their local honorees in early November and present them with certificates of achievement. The honorees will also 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).
The 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 11, 2014, according to PRI officials. The 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 3-6, 2014. Runners-up at the state level will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.
“Over the past 18 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 100,000 middle and high school students across the country for serving their communities through many volunteer activities,” officials said.
“Today, the search begins to identify thousands more who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as the awards program kicks off its 19th year…”
“Prudential is proud to honor young people who contribute their time and talents to improving the communities around them,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld.
“We celebrate their service with hope that others will be inspired to follow their fine example.”
Volunteers can apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com or at www.nassp.org/spirit. Applications must be completed by November 5, 2013, and then submitted to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate. Paper versions of the application form are available by calling (877) 525-8491 toll-free.
In Washington, a national selection committee will name 10 of the 102 state honorees as America’s top youth volunteers of 2014. 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.
“It is often said that young people are the leaders of tomorrow – but every year brings proof that youth volunteers are already among the leaders of today,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “Middle level and high school students are making meaningful contributions to their communities, and it is a privilege to shine a spotlight on their service.”
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is also conducted in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, India and China.