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Harold Banks
Global Communications, Prudential Financial
Phone: (973) 802-8974

Dawn Dankner-Rosen
DDR Public Relations
Phone: (914) 747-2500


We interviewed each 2017 State Honoree about their award-winning service activities and why they volunteer. See the interviews on YouTube.

See interviews with past honorees: [2016] [2015] [2014] [2013] [2012]

National Honorees for 2017 Announced


America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2017 named at 22nd annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps pays tribute to outstanding middle level and high school volunteers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For community service initiatives that range from supporting veterans to providing school supplies to kids in need, 10 students were named America’s top youth volunteers of 2017 today by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

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The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards select 102 student volunteers to earn $1,000 awards, silver medallions and trip to nation’s capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Some created programs for children with disabilities. Many worked to provide food to peers in need who go without subsidized school meals over the weekend. A few worked to raise awareness about the danger of distracted driving.

Those are just some of the stories of the 102 youth volunteers – two from each state and the District of Columbia – who today were named State Honorees by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring students in grades 5-12 for outstanding volunteer service. Read the names and stories of this year’s honorees at

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22nd Annual Search Under Way For Nation's Top Youth Volunteers


Awards Program Honors Students in Grades 5-12 for Outstanding Volunteer Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the past 21 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 115,000 middle and high school students across the country for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities. Today the search begins to identify thousands more who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as the awards program kicks off its 22nd year.

These awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by students in grades 5 through 12 at the local, state and national level.

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