Through Nov. 10, to celebrate young people making a difference in volunteering, Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals invite local youth volunteers to apply for scholarships and national recognition from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
Arizona students in grades 5-12 can apply for 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteering within the past 12 months, virtually or otherwise, according to a press release.
The application is available at http://spirit.prudential.com, the release said.
“More than 25 years ago, we founded The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards to honor young volunteers working to meet the needs of our changing world — a mission that feels especially timely today,” said Charles Lowrey, Prudential Financial chairman/CEO in a prepared statement.
“As life evolves due to COVID-19, young Americans are continuing to address urgent issues facing their communities, and we celebrate their service in hopes that they’ll inspire others to do the same.”
“While this is one of the most unusual times in recent history for American students, we know that young volunteers have a long history of rising to the challenges of the moment,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, NASSP executive director/CEO, in a prepared statement.
She encouraged parents, educators and local leaders to celebrate young volunteers who are innovating and serving their communities while setting an example for their peers.
The top middle level and high school volunteer from each state and the District of Columbia will be named State Honorees in February, the release said.
Honorees will receive $1,000 scholarships, engraved silver medallions and an invitation to the program’s national recognition events in early May when the program names America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2021.
The National Honorees will receive additional $5,000 scholarships, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 Prudential grants for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.
Local-level honorees in each state will receive awards ranging from bronze medallions to certificates. Qualifying local honorees also receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards.
Created in 1995 to recognize exemplary volunteer work of middle level and high school students, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been granted to more than 140,000 middle and high school students at the local, state and national level.
Spirit of Community programs are also conducted in Japan, Ireland, India, China and Brazil, added the release.
Details on the 2021 program and stories of past Arizona’s top youth volunteers: spirit.prudential.com.