Youth volunteers sought for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards


OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 2, 2014) – Top youth volunteers in Oklahoma are being sought for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Now through Nov. 4, Oklahoma students in grades 5-12 that have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months are invited to apply.

Applications are available at http://spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit.

Applications must be completed online and then submitted to middle and high school principals or can be submitted through the heads of local Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network.

Oklahoma’s top middle- and high-school youth volunteers for 2015 will be announced Feb. 10 and have the opportunity to visit Washington next May for four days of special recognition events alongside the top two applicants from every other state and the District of Columbia.

Each school or organization will select one middle level local honoree for every 1,000 students in grades 5-8 and/or one high school local honoree for every 1,000 students in grades 9-12.

Principals or organization heads must certify applications of their selected local honorees by Nov. 11.

Two to 10 runners-up in each state are named distinguished finalists. A national selection committee names ten of the state honorees America’s top 10 youth volunteers of the year at the Washington, D.C., ceremony in May.

Local honorees receive certificates of achievement from their schools or organizations. Those who qualify also receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

State honorees receive $1,000, engraved silver medallions, an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in May for several days of recognition events, including award ceremonies, sightseeing tours and Congressional visits on Capitol Hill.

Distinguished finalists receive engraved bronze medallions. Other top applicants at the state level receive certificates of excellence.

National honorees receive additional $5,000 awards, engraved gold medallions and crystal trophies for their schools or organizations. They also receive $5,000 grants from the Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program was created in 1995 to recognize students in middle and high school who have made meaningful contributions to their communities by helping people in need, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, or volunteering in other ways.

The awards are sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. They are presented annually on the local, state and national level.

Oklahoma’s top youth volunteers of 2014 were Ashten Vincent, 17, of Edmond, and Katherine Prior, 14, of Oklahoma City. Ashten formed a teen volunteer group called Random Acts of Kindness in Teens (RAKIT). Katherine monitors the water quality in a nearby creek for Oklahoma Blue Thumb, a division of the state conservation commission, and educates other students and her community about how their actions affect the waterway.

 

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Last updated on October 2, 2014