The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.
The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 20 years, more than 115,000 young people have been officially recognized for their volunteer efforts.
Last semester the students at Jim B. Satterfield Middle School were encouraged to participate and apply to the program. JSMS administrators decided to recognize local students for the difference they were making in their local community. Although several students participated, they would like to recognize and share some inspiring stories.
Heath Chasse 7th grade, Augustus Israel 8th grade and Woodrow Israel 8th grade have been honored for their exemplary volunteer service with plaques and or trophies. Health Chasse was honored with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.
Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state and the District of Columbia.
President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.
Jim B. Satterfield Middle School nominated Heath for national honors this fall in recognition for his volunteer service with the Haley’s Hearts Foundation. HHF is a local non-profit created by Heath’s family to honor his sister’s memory and support the lives of families/children with Congenital Heart defects.
Jim B. Satterfield Middle School nominated Woodrow and Augustus for assisting in building a handicap ramp for our middle school. Both Woodrow and Augustus have spent countless hours picking up trash at the local park, being a member of the Boy Scout Troup 900 and participating in 4-H Chick Chain program multiple times. The money earned from the auction goes into buying chicks for interested students the following year.
“I am very proud of Heath, Woody, and Gus. We always like to shine a spotlight on our students that make a positive impact on our community. These three young men are a great example of that.”
J.Brim McCall, Principal, JSMS
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.
“Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these remarkable young volunteers,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “By shining a spotlight on the difference they’ve made in their communities, we hope others are inspired to volunteer, too.”
“These students have not only improved their communities through their exemplary volunteer service, but also set at fine example for their peers,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “Each of their stories is proof of the impact one young person can have when they decide to make a difference.”
Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scouts councils, American Red Cross Chapters, and Handson Network affiliates. These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting Certificates of Excellence and President’s Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of President Barack Obama, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact, and personal growth.