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Over the past two decades, more than 2,200 middle level and high school students have gathered in Washington, D.C. to be celebrated as their states' top youth volunteers. These State Honorees, now ranging in age from pre-teens to their late thirties, are Prudential Spirit of Community Awards alumni. 

To learn more about the impact these past honorees have made in their communities, visit the alumni archives.


Are you a past State Honoree? Join the Spirit alumni Facebook group and LinkedIn group

To update your contact information with The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, contact us at spirit@prudential.com.

Alumni Updates

Stay up to date on all things Spirit of Community Alumni related!

  • This past year we held our first in-person alumni meet-ups and will continue to do so in 2018! The first three events took place in the greater NYC area and Chicago with and event in Washington, D.C. to follow. If you are a past State Honoree and would like more details on these events, please email spirit@prudential.com.
  • At NASSP's LEAD conference in Washington, D.C., 2001 Florida/National Honoree Amanda (Waas) Sheckman hosted a workshop on personal branding titled, “That’s So ‘You’: Creating Your Personal Brand”. Thanks, Amanda, for sharing your knowledge with the middle level and high school students attending the conference! 

Congratulations to 2011 North Dakota State Honoree Cara Mund, who last month was named Miss America 2018. Her pageant platform: the Make-A-Wish fashion show fundraiser she started when she was 14. The Washington Post reports that Cara is the first North Dakota contestant in the pageant’s nearly 100-year history to earn the national title.

Past honorees—if you were recently featured in the news please send us the article at spirit@prudential.com to be featured in this section.

Alumni across the country and beyond are staying connected with each other. Planning a get-together with your Prudential Spirit of Community friends? Let us know at spirit@prudential.com – we’ll send you an alumni T-shirt!

2016 State Honorees Sarah Coutu (RI) and Grace Preston (PA) traveled with their families over the summer to meet up in Connecticut. The girls share a passion for supporting shelter animals.

RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) Louisville, the campaign founded by 2017 State Honoree Andrew Dunn (KY), raised $2,000 toward the creation of Duffily Bags, the innovative sleeping bag for the homeless designed by 2017 All-Ireland Youth Volunteer of the Year Emily Duffy. The funds were raised in $54 increments – the cost to make each bag. After meeting in Washington in May, Andrew and Emily met up again in Ireland in July, where they traded details about their ongoing charitable initiatives.

Past State Honorees from across the country who are now living in New York City attended our first official Spirit of Community Alumni Meet-up this month. While reconnecting, honorees shared what they are up to now and reflected on their similar experiences as a Spirit honoree.

Alumni Advisory Board

We are pleased to introduce the inaugural Spirit of Community Alumni Advisory Board.

(Pictured from left to right)

Jordan Campbell, Kentucky State Honoree, 2010

Jordan was honored in 2011 for creating “Students Performing Amazing Musicals (S.P.A.M.),” a nonprofit student-run theater company that gave local students the chance to participate in musical theater. Today, Jordan runs a private consulting business called POP! Education, working with schools around the country to create arts-based lesson plans. In addition, he is currently a cast member in the Broadway musical AMAZING GRACE which is touring the country from November 2017- April 2018.

Kendall Ciesemier, Illinois State Honoree and National Honoree, 2007

Kendall was honored in 2007 for forming “Kids Caring 4 Kids,” a nonprofit organization that raised money to benefit children in Africa who’d been orphaned by AIDS. While attending Georgetown University, Kendall co-founded OWN IT, a women's leadership organization that’s reached thousands of college women on 11 university campuses with summits featuring prominent female leaders. Today, she is an Associate Producer at Mic in New York City.

Jacob Komar, Connecticut State Honoree and National Honoree, 2003

Jacob was honored in 2003 for restoring and upgrading outdated computers and donating them to families that couldn’t afford them through his program, “Computers for Communities.” Today Jacob is the founder and CEO of Fresh Local 52, LLC, a Providence, R.I.-based indoor vertical farm. He took technology he developed while pursuing his doctorate in neuroengineering at Brown University and used it to grow greens and microgreens indoors, stacked vertically – a technique that uses 98 percent less water, 95 percent less fertilizer and 75 percent less space than a traditional agricultural farm.

Glennita Williams, Illinois State Honoree and National Honoree, 2011

Glennita was honored in 2011 for collecting snacks and personal care items, including more than 600 pounds of Twinkies, for shipment to American troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then establishing an organization called “America’s Guardian Angels” to expand her impact. Today Glennita is studying political science at Northern Illinois University, where she’s introduced America’s Guardian Angels to students and faculty. In addition to collecting items for hospitalized veterans, her program has joined forces with other military organizations to assist troops, veterans and their families, and hopes to one day raise money for prosthetics for veterans and scholarships for military kids.

Click here to listen to our podcasts with each member of the advisory board.