Teens around the nation are encouraged to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for exceptional volunteer work that positively impacts their communities.
Applicants must be in school, in grades 5 to 12 to apply. The top awardees are recognized by each state and awarded $1,000. Of the 102 state-level winners, a handful will be selected for national recognition in Washington, a $5,000 award and gold medallion.
Nominating schools or organizations receive $5,000 grants for national placing. Students must apply by submitting an application to their school principal or head of an officially designated local organization.
Deadline for 2011 volunteers is November 1, 2011. Awards are issued in early 2012.