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Prudential Financial, Inc.

September 14, 2010 15:34 ET

The Search Is On for Our Nation's Top Youth Volunteers

In Its 16th Annual Year, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Honors Outstanding Middle and High School Youth at Local, State and National Levels

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - September 14, 2010) - Did you know that over the past 15 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 90,000 middle and high school students across the country for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities? This week the search begins to identify thousands more who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as the prestigious awards program kicks off its 16th year!

These awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc., in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by young people in grades 5 through 12 at the local, state and national level. 

How can volunteers get involved?

  • Young volunteers can apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com or at www.principals.org/spirit. Please note that applications must be completed by November 1, 2010, and then submitted to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or affiliate of HandsOn Network. 
  • Or, those without Internet access can get a paper version of the application form by calling 877-525-8491 toll-free. 

And how are the Honorees selected? 

  • Participating schools and local organizations will select Local Honorees in early November and present them with Certificates of Achievement. These Local Honorees also will receive the President's Volunteer Service Award if they have contributed the minimum number of volunteer hours to qualify (50 hours for age 14 and younger, 100 hours for those older). 
  • All Local Honorees are then reviewed by a state-level judging committee, which will name the top two candidates from each state and the District of Columbia -- one high school student and one middle level student -- as State Honorees on February 8, 2011. 
  • These State Honorees will receive $1,000 awards, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent for four days of recognition events April 30-May 3, 2011. Runners-up at the state level will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.

Excitingly, once the selected Honorees reach Washington, D.C., more recognition takes place:

In Washington, a distinguished national selection committee will name 10 of the 102 State Honorees as America's top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive additional awards of $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit, charitable organizations of their choice. 

To learn more and to get involved, please visit http://spirit.prudential.com today.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU) is a financial services leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management expertise, Prudential is focused on helping approximately 50 million individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. 

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