|September 5, 2000 Prudential Insurance
Company has issued the following press release: |
Begins For America's Top Youth Volunteers
Young people across America who are volunteering in their communities may apply for
the sixth annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential in
partnership with The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). These
awards honor young people in grades 5-12 who, by performing volunteer service in the past
year, have helped to make their communities better places to live. < TextStart -->
Application forms for The 2001 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards will be available
through middle and high schools, Girl Scout councils, and county 4-H offices in September.
Students must submit completed applications by October 31, 2000. The application is also
available in the community involvement section of http://www.prudential.com,
at http://www.principals.org, or by calling
1-888-450-9961. Last year, more than 20,000 students nationwide participated in The
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
``Many young Americans are making a big difference in their communities by helping the
less fortunate, fighting substance abuse, protecting the environment, and addressing other
critical needs,'' said Prudential Chairman Art Ryan. ``We created The Prudential Spirit of
Community Awards to recognize these young volunteers, and to hold them up as role models
for young and old alike.''
Participating middle and high schools, Girl Scout councils, and county 4-H offices
across the country will be able to select and honor their top youth volunteers, and
nominate them for statewide and national recognition. Two top volunteers from each state,
the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will be selected as State Honorees in February
2001, and will receive $1,000, a silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip to
Washington, D.C., the following May for four days of recognition events. Other top
honorees in each state will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.
In May 2001, a national selection committee will name ten of the 104 State Honorees as
America's top youth volunteers of the year at an awards ceremony in Washington. Each of
these National Honorees will receive an additional $5,000, a gold medallion, and a crystal
trophy for his or her school, Girl Scout council, or county 4-H organization. In addition,
the ten National Honorees will have a total of $250,000 in children's products donated in
their names to needy children in their communities by Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc.,
the national charity of the children's products industry.
``While the headlines usually dwell on a few young people gone wrong, The Prudential
Spirit of Community Awards has found tens of thousands of young people who are making a
tremendous difference in the world,'' said Gerald N. Tirozzi, Executive Director of NASSP.
``They're rolling up their sleeves, lending their hands, and showing the world the true
meaning of leadership and public service. They absolutely deserve our thanks and our
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, which is also conducted in Japan,
Korea and Taiwan, is part of The Prudential Spirit of Community Initiative, a series of
programs designed to help rekindle America's community spirit by encouraging young people
to volunteer. In addition to the Awards, the Initiative includes a free booklet of
volunteer ideas for youth; The Prudential Youth Leadership Institute, a
leadership-training program for high school students; and a community service calendar
with lesson plans for teachers. Young people and teachers may also be interested in
``Catch the Spirit,'' a new book featuring several past honorees of The Prudential Spirit
of Community Awards, available in book stores this fall.
NASSP, based in Reston, Va., represents more than 46,000 secondary school principals in
more than 35,000 public and private middle level and high schools. Prudential, with
headquarters in Newark, N.J., is the largest life insurance company in the United States
and one of the largest diversified financial institutions in the world. The company has a
global presence in 30 countries, providing a variety of products and services in the areas
of insurance, investments, securities and real estate to more than 30 million customers.
For more information about The Prudential Spirit of Community Initiative, please visit
the community involvement section of http://www.prudential.com.
In addition to Girl Scouts of the USA and National 4-H Council, The Prudential Spirit
of Community Awards are supported by American Association of School Administrators;
American Red Cross; America's Promise; Boy Scouts of America; Camp Fire Boys and Girls;
Council of the Great City Schools; Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America; Key
Club International; National Council of La Raza; National Federation for Catholic Youth
Ministry, Inc.; National Middle School Association; National School Boards Association;
National School Public Relations Association; National Urban League; Points of Light
Foundation; United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.; United Synagogue Youth; YMCA of the
USA; and YWCA of the USA. < TextEnd