The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards begins its search for Indiana’s top youth volunteers of 2015.
Last year Mariah Reynolds, of Moores Hill, was one of the recipients of the award.
Now through Nove. 4, students in grades five through 12 are invited to apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at http://spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit.
This program year marks The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards’ 20th year of honoring youth volunteers. The program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the
National Association of Secondary School Principals, was created in 1995 to recognize middle level and high school students for helping people in need, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, or volunteering in other ways. The awards are presented annually on the local, state and national level.
“Prudential is proud to recognize young people who contribute to the well-being of their communities through volunteer service,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We look forward to honoring the nation’s top youth volunteers of 2015, and hope their stories will inspire others to consider how they can serve their communities.”
Indiana’s top youth volunteers of 2014 were Shanze Tahir, 17, of Zionsville and Reynolds. Tahir, Indiana’s top high school volunteer, advocates against bullying by leading focus groups in her community and mentoring other young people. Reynolds, Indiana’s top middle level volunteer, launched an effort in 2008 to collect and distribute cold-weather clothing, school supplies and other items to children’s organizations and young victims of natural disasters.
Applicants for 2015 awards must complete their online applications by Nov. 4, then submit them for certification to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent,
American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate. Paper application forms can be requested by calling 1-877-525-8491.