Monday, March 28, 2011

Prudential Honoring Youth Volunteer community service

Got an email with information about the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program
which seemed a very worthy program to pass on!

From the website:
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.

The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 15 years, more than 280,000 young Americans have participated in the program, and more than 90,000 of them have been officially recognized for their volunteer work.

the program Also operates in Japan, South Korea,Taiwan, Ireland and India

This year, 6 students were named State Honorees for their work aiding the military:

1. Dylan Bass, 18, is his community’s coordinator for a program that provides overseas military families with manufacturer’s coupons to help stretch their budgets. At last count, he had sent coupons worth $96,000 overseas to help ease the strain on military budgets.

2. Glennita Williams, 14, has collected snacks and personal care items worth more than $14,000 for shipment to American troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past four years. She has started an organization called “America’s Guardian Angels” to do even more in the future.

3. John-Henry Lambin, 18, organized a volunteer effort that assembles treats and personal items into care packages that are sent to American troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. A two-page personal letter also is included in each kit, expressing gratitude for the soldier’s sacrifice.

4. Mariah Faith Reynolds, 12, has sent Valentine cards to nearly 5,000 U.S. soldiers over the past several years; collected 3,000 books for libraries, schools, and shelters; and volunteered for a wide variety of charitable organizations.

5. Kaitlyn Fox, 11, sent a box of hygiene items, snacks, books and games every month to a local military unit while it was deployed to Afghanistan.

6. Justin Peterson, 10, raised money to send 15 World War II veterans from his area to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial built in their honor. Although Justin’s goal was to send just one veteran to see the memorial, he raised more than $5,300, enough to send 15.
And you can search for honorees from your specific state Here
Kudos to Prudential's Spirit of Community Awards program for recognizing and celebrating volunteerism in our young people, both nationally and world-wide,
and also to all the Honorees and Finalists from Middle and High School who are displaying such community spirit with their volunteerism!!


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