Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes individuals in grades 5 to 12 based solely on their volunteer activities. 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.
The award program year begins in September, when information and application instructions are mailed to all middle level and high schools in the 50 United States and Washington, D.C., and to county 4-H programs, Girl Scout councils, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of the HandsOn Network.
4-H’ers can complete an online application and submit it to a county 4-H educator by November 1. Each county 4-H program can select one middle level local honoree for every 1,000 members (or portion thereof) in grades 5 to 8 and one high school local honoree for every 1,000 members in grades 9 to 12. From these winners state-level judging committees will pick the top youth volunteers in each state and the District of Columbia. Results are announced in early February.
All state-level honorees receive recognition, while the top high school and middle level volunteer in each state and the District of Columbia receive silver medallions, $1,000 awards, and a trip to the nation’s capital in May for national recognition events. In Washington, D.C., a national selection committee will name America’s top 10 youth volunteers for 2011. Each will win an additional $5,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation for a charitable nonprofit organization of his or her choice.
A variety of promotional and informational resources are available at the following links:
- Promotional poster
- 4-H certificates
- Call for entries poster
- National news release
- Online application instructions
- Program overview flyer
4-H Youth Development
Michigan State University
160 Agriculture Hall
East Lansing MI 48824-1039