Carissa Mallory, founder of Reading Around the World Literacy Initiative, has been named Vandegrift High School’s Top Youth Volunteer of the Year. This honor was granted as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide youth volunteer recognition program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
By selecting Carissa as its top youth volunteer, Vandegrift advanced her application for state-level judging in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Prudential will announceTexas’s top youth volunteers of the year on February 7, 2017.
As a Local Honoree, Carissa is now in the running to be named one of two Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees for Texas.
“Young people who contribute their time and talents to their communities are role models for all of us,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We salute their dedication, their achievements, and their spirit of community.”
“Demonstrating civic responsibility through community volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These Honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents America’s largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer service. Since 1995, the program has honored more than 115,000 youth volunteers at the local, state and national level. Learn more at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit.