On September 2, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards began its search for Texas’ top youth volunteers of 2015. Now through November 4, students in grades 5-12 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 (NASSP), 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.”
Texas’ top youth volunteers of 2014 were Sarita Damaraju, 16, of Corpus Christi and William Lourcey, 11, of Fort Worth. Damaraju, Texas’ top high school volunteer, spearheaded a fitness campaign to promote healthy eating habits and exercise in local elementary schools. Lourcey, Texas’ top middle school volunteer, is the founder and CEO of a service group that organizes events to raise money and awareness to fight hunger and encourage young people to get involved in their community. Lourcey also was named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2014.
Applicants for 2015 awards must complete an online application by November 4, 2014, then submit it 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 877-525-8491.