You know how important it is for young students to create a better tomorrow by getting involved in their communities today. For the past 17 years, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program has recognized and celebrated their efforts. This awards program, sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honors outstanding community service by students in grades 5 through 12 at the local, state and national level.
What are these awards? Created in 1995, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. Each year, the program honors thousands of students from across the country for their community service activities, and selects 102 of them-one middle level and one high school student from each state and the District of Columbia- as the top youth volunteers in their states. The hunt is now on to identify thousands more students in grades 5-12 who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as the 2013 program gets underway.
“We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 – and still, every year, we’re amazed by the stories of exemplary community service,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John R. Strangfeld. “We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better.”
From helping the less fortune, to promoting health and safety, these volunteers are contributing in many different ways to make lives better. More information about these extraordinary young people is available here: www.westglen.com/online/CommemorativeBook.pdf. You can also hear them tell their stories in their own words in these short videos: http://bit.ly/TVowhL
Know a student who should apply? Young volunteers can apply online at http://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.