They’ve addressed needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic like providing reliable meals to food-insecure households and dismantling barriers to virtual schooling. In the early days of the pandemic, when personal protective equipment was in short supply, one honoree rallied his community to 3D-print thousands of face shields for frontline workers. Another created a support network for students of color to share their own experiences in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.

These are just a few of the stories of the young volunteers named 2021 State Honorees by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with NASSP, honor students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. The 102 State Honorees – the top middle level and high school volunteer from each state and the District of Columbia – will each receive a $2,500 scholarship, an engraved silver medallion and an invitation to the program’s virtual national recognition celebration in April, where 10 of them will be named America’s top youth volunteers of the year. Those 10 National Honorees will earn an additional $5,000 scholarship, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their nominating organization and a $5,000 grant for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.

To read the stories of the 2021 State Honorees, visit http://spirit.prudential.com.

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Since 1995, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with NASSP, has honored more than 140,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national level. The program represents America’s largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer service.

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