ServeWyoming is delighted to announce The 17th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc., and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).  In the 2011 event, Cheyenne and Boulder youth represented the Cowboy State and were honored in our nation’s capital alongside other outstanding youth from across the nation and the District of Columbia. 

For the 2012 Awards Program, Prudential Financial and NASSP are searching for young Wyomingites in grades 5-12 who have made meaningful contributions in their communities over the past 12 months. Local Honorees will receive Certificates of Achievement from their schools or organizations.  Those who qualify also receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  State Honorees receive $1,000, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. in May for several days of recognition events, including award ceremonies, sight-seeing tours, and Congressional visits on Capitol Hill.  Runners-up at the state-level receive engraved bronze medallions.  National Honorees receive additional $5,000 awards, engraved gold medallions, and crystal trophies for their schools or organizations.  They also receive $5,000 grants from the Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is based exclusively on community service and has honored more than 90,000 you volunteers over the past 15 years at the local, state, and national levels.  If you know of youth who meet the criteria, encourage them to apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com or apply at www.principals.org/spirit .  Those without out Internet access can request a paper version by calling toll-free, 877-525-8491.

November 1, 2011 is the deadline for students to complete applications online (or mail hardcopy) and to submit an application to ServeWyoming or another officially designated organization.