This weekend, more than 100 youth volunteers - the top two from each state and the District of Columbia - were celebrated at the 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The event featured several prominent keynote speakers, including New York Giants quarterback and two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning, as well as “Glee” actor Harry Shum, Jr.
In addition to the 102 honorees from the United States - all of whom received an award of $1,000 - several youth volunteers from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland and India were also honored at the National Museum of Natural History Sunday evening.
Monday, the state honorees will visit the Walker-Jones Education Campus, where they will present books and hold reading sessions for local elementary school students. At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer will announce the country’s top ten youth volunteers for 2012, who will be rewarded with $10,000 in cash awards and grants from the Prudential Foundation.
Photo by Prudential