National Recognition Events

Each year in early May, the 102 State Honorees of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are brought to Washington, D.C., with their parents for four days of national recognition events.

While in Washington, the honorees share their experiences and ideas with one another, tour the historic monuments and landmarks of the nation's capital, visit their U.S. senators on Capitol Hill, enjoy a festive dinner cruise on the Potomac River, and are honored at a gala dinner and award ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. In addition, 10 of the 102 State Honorees are named America's top youth volunteers of the year at a formal luncheon at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The honorees also hear from notable public figures. Past speakers include Jimmy Carter, Barbara Bush, Mario Cuomo, Magic Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss, John Glenn, Madeleine Albright, Martin Sheen, Rudy Giuliani, Whoopi Goldberg, Colin Powell, Ted Danson, Peyton Manning, Sarah Ferguson (the Duchess of York), Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Susan Sarandon, Eli Manning, Kevin Spacey, Forest Whitaker and numerous U.S. senators.