Top volunteers receive Prudential Spirit awards
Left to Right: Actress Hilary Swank, Devneet Singh, Damācia Howard.
For their outstanding volunteer service, Georgia’s top two youth volunteers of 2016, Devneet Singh, 17, and Damācia Howard, 13, were honored in the nation’s capital at the 21st annual presentation of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Devneet and Damācia, along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country, received $1,000 awards and personal congratulations from the Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank at a gala dinner and reception held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
Devneet, a junior at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology in Lawrenceville, served as a mentor, teacher, and friend to young refugees from Bhutan while working as a lead volunteer coordinator in Atlanta for SEWA, an international humanitarian organization. She became involved after meeting one of SEWA’s Atlanta chapter chairmen and learning of the need for young adult volunteers. Damācia, a seventh-grader at Georgia Cyber Academy, has collected thousands of books in her community for students in Africa, working with a national charity called Books for Africa.
Volunteers in grades 5-12 were invited to apply for 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards last fall through schools, Girl Scout councils, County 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, and affiliates of the HandsOn Network. More than 29,000 middle level and high school students nationwide participated in this year’s program.
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