AMES, Iowa -- There’s still time for Iowa youth to apply for the 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Iowa youth who are in grades 5 through 12, are legal U.S. residents and have volunteered in the past 12 months are eligible. The application deadline is Nov. 2.
“This is a great opportunity for Iowa’s youth to be recognized for the variety of volunteer activities they conduct in their communities,” said Brenda Allen, a 4-H youth development specialist with Iowa State University Extension.
Young volunteers can apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.principals.org/prudential. Applications must be completed by Nov. 2, then printed, signed and submitted to a 4-H staff member at any ISU Extension county office, a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross Chapter, YMCA or affiliate of HandsOn Network. Those without Internet access can get a paper version of the application form by calling toll-free (877) 525-8491.
State-level judging begins Nov. 10, and the results will be announced in February 2010. The top middle school and high school applicant in each state and the District of Columbia, called state honorees, will receive an unrestricted award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D.C., for the 2010 national recognition events May 1-4, 2010.
Two to 10 runners-up in each state, called distinguished finalists, will receive bronze medallions. Other state-level winners will receive certificates of excellence.
Ten of the state honorees will be named America’s top 10 youth volunteers at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. in early May. These national honorees are awarded an additional $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies and $5,000 grants for the charities of their choice.
Last year three Iowa 4-H’ers were among the distinguished finalists, Allen noted: Clay County 4-H’er Taylor Jepsen, Tama County 4-H’er Taylor Peterson and Hamilton County 4-H’er Jessica Stakey.
Over the past 14 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 1,200 Iowa middle and high school students for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities.
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, firstname.lastname@example.org