Implementing the Program

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards can be implemented by schools and by these officially designated local organizations:
  • Girl Scout councils
  • County 4-H organizations
  • American Red Cross chapters
  • YMCAs
  • Affiliates of HandsOn Network
If you represent a school or one of the officially designated local organizations, here's what to do:
  1. Alert interested young people in your school or organization to this opportunity.
    • Make an announcement, such as: "The search is on to find our top youth volunteer. If selected, you could receive $1,000, an impressive silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C., next May. If you feel you've made a positive difference through a volunteer activity during the past year, visit to apply."
    • Post a program poster in a prominent location. To obtain posters, call 1-877-525-8491.
    • Include information in your calendar or newsletter and on your website.
    • Ask teachers, activity advisers, counselors, and local youth leaders to encourage eligible students to apply.
    • Promote the program at assemblies, pep rallies, parent and staff meetings, and organization events.
    • Remind students of the deadline through periodic announcements.

  2. Distribute a copy of the application instruction sheet to each interested student.

  3. Review completed applications online between November 9 to 18, 2016.

  4. Select one middle level Local Honoree, and, if desired, as many as two "runners up" for every 1,000 young people in grades 5-8 in your school or local organization and/or one high school Local Honoree and up to two "runners up" for every 1,000 young people in grades 9-12 (see Selecting Honorees).

  5. Certify your designated Local Honoree(s) online and nominate him/her/them for state-level judging by 11:59 p.m. CST on November 18.

  6. Announce and recognize your Local Honoree(s) and runners-up (see Recognizing Honorees).

  7. You will be notified of the judging results by mail in mid-February. State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists will be posted at and