If you are a student at post-primary/second-level in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland,
and conducting a volunteer-service activity, you are eligible for the
Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.
Please note... The deadline for the 2013 awards has now passed.
Finalists will be announced in February 2013.
Full details on the 2014 awards, along with instructions on how to apply, will be available from your school,
and from this site, the first week of September 2013.
Instructions for Schools
The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards is an All-Ireland recognition programme
which recognises and rewards post-primary/second-level students for volunteer work
carried out in their communities. Applicants must submit their applications through
their school principal by the 24th of October 2012. Follow these steps to help you implement the program.
Implementing The Programme Is Easy
There are two categories in the 2013 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards;
Junior category (for students under the age of 16 on the 9th of November 2012)
Senior category (for students under the age of 19 on the 9th of November 2012)
Every school can submit a maximum of two applications (one in each category)
and school Principals/Deputy Principals will be responsible for selecting these
two applications (one in each category) to go forward for national judging.
A judging panel, including people from charitable organisations,
education and Pramerica, will select
20 Finalists and the two All Ireland volunteers.
Students from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are eligible.
All students who submit an application will receive a Certificate of Merit.
The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards programme was designed not only to identify the twenty top youth
volunteers, but also to give schools an effective way to congratulate deserving young
volunteers and to hold them up as role models for other young people.
- Tell your students about this opportunity as soon as possible.
- Make periodic announcements to remind students of the application deadline.
Place the enclosed poster in a prominent location.
- Include information in your school newsletter, and on your website.
- Ask teachers and career guidance teachers to encourage eligible students to apply.
- Promote the awards at assemblies, staff meetings and events regularly.
- Announce your school nominees in school, parent organisations and community.
- The application form can be completed on our website www.pramerica.ie/spirit
or by distributing a copy of the enclosed application forms to each interested student. Applications should be typed.
- Collect all applications by Wednesday, 24th of October 2012.
- Review application forms to ensure that they do your students justice and include all details.
Ensure that the application form is complete that volunteer activities have occurred
on or after the 1st of September 2011; and that the student is currently in post-primary/second-level education.
- The school Principal will then select one or two honourees, one for the Junior category and/or one for the Senior category, to go forward for national judging.
The Principal must provide a reference endorsing each student and sign each application form to be eligible.
- Please post the original applications no later than the 9th of November 2012 to:
The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards
Pramerica Systems Ireland
Letterkenny Office Park