Spirit of Community
The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards programme recognises and rewards post-primary/second-level students for volunteer work carried out in their communities, through an exciting initiative that provides recognition and generous financial rewards to the finalists.
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The Spirit of Community Awards programme was created by Prudential Inc. in the U.S. in 1995, and has recognised more than 130,000 young volunteers over the past 18 years. The programme has elicited praise from educators, parents, elected officials and news media for communicating to young people the importance of volunteer service in their communities. Among the prominent personalities who have participated in the programme are Bertie Ahern, John Hume, Mickey Harte, Declan Kidney & John Lonergan. In the US, personalities who have participated in the programme include Jimmy Carter, Barbara Bush, Magic Johnson, John Glenn, Whoopi Goldberg, Laura Bush and Condoleezza Rice.
The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards were introduced in 2006 on an All-Ireland basis, in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI).
The programme has also been introduced in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India and China where Prudential has significant business operations.
How to Enter
For students who want to apply, and for schools that would like to participate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to nearly every question that has been asked about the programme.
News about the programme in the media.
Information about the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
What Rewards can young people achieve?
Nominees have the opportunity to receive €1,000 for their preferred charity and a trip to Washington and terrific recognition for their school.
Each nominee will receive a Certificate of Merit. The national judging panel will then select 20 finalists from all nominees.
These 20 finalists will be awarded a Silver Medallion, €500 and an invitation to the Gala Awards dinner. At this event, two All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year will be named, each of whom will receive €1,000 for their chosen charity, a crystal trophy for their school and a trip to the United States.
The Spirit of Community Awards give you the opportunity to acknowledge deserving students, inspire young people to get involved in community service activities, and attract widespread recognition for your school.
- Caroline Faulkner, Senior Managing Director & Chief Information Officer