The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is launching its 26th annual search for exemplary young volunteers. Once again, NSPRA is proud to support this unique youth recognition program – especially in a year when so many students had to go above and beyond to continue their volunteer service. I hope you’ll encourage your schools to take advantage of the opportunities that it provides.
Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the awards program has honored more than 140,000 middle level and high school volunteers since 1995 – and provided schools nationwide with an opportunity to celebrate the great things young people are doing in their communities. This is how the program works:
- The process begins at the school level. Students fill out applications online and submit them to their principals. Then, schools select their top youth volunteers, present them with certificates, and recognize them as role models. (Qualifying top applicants also receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards.)
- A state-level judging panel selects the top middle level and high school candidate in each state and the District of Columbia.
- State Honorees earn $1,000 scholarships, silver medallions and an invitation to the program’s national recognition events. Other state-level honorees receive bronze medallions or special certificates.
All middle level and high school principals , along with each school’s top guidance officer, have been sent a packet like the one enclosed, which contains everything needed to implement the program. Details are also available at spirit.prudential.com.
This program is a great opportunity to publicize the wonderful things that kids are doing and the positive role that schools play in promoting community involvement. We encourage you to spread the word to your students and colleagues.
Thank you for helping us honor students for their contributions to the community.