Tonganoxie youth named 4-H 2008 volunteer of the year
Jacob Reynolds of Tonganoxie was named the Leavenworth County 4-H volunteer of the year in the 2008 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.
Reynolds, a home-schooled high school junior, has organized a week-long 4-H technology day camp for fourth- through seventh-graders for the past three years. The camp promotes 4-H technology-related learning opportunities for local youth.
Beth Hecht, 4-H Youth Development agent for K-State Research & Extension, Leavenworth County, praised the student for his volunteer service.
“When youth find something they are passionate about, there is no limit to how they can impact their community,” she said. “Jacob is a prime example of how 4-H combines community service and youth leadership to make the world a better place.”
Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the award recognizes outstanding community service by young Americans. Reynolds is now eligible for the Kansas youth volunteer of the year award. Two state honorees, one middle level and one high school student, will be named in February. Each will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion, and a trip to Washington D.C., for recognition ceremonies with a parent or guardian in May. Other honorees will receive bronze medallions or certificates of excellence.
At the Washington event, 10 national honorees will be named by a distinguished national selection committee, and each will receive an additional $5,000, a gold medallion, and a crystal trophy for his or her school or organization as well as a $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of his or her choice.
“Young people who contribute their time and talents to their communities are role models for all of us,” said John R. Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “We salute their dedication, their achievements and their spirit of community.”
“These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate — that volunteering within the community is an essential part of one’s life,” said NASSP executive director Gerald Tirozzi.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are supported by Girl Scouts of the USA, National 4-H Council, Camp Fire USA, American Red Cross, YMCA of the USA, HandsOn Network (generated by the Points of Light Foundation) and many other national youth, service and education organizations.
To learn more about the 4-H youth development programs, contact K-State Research & Extension, Leavenworth County at (913) 250-2300, or log on at www.oznet.ksu.edu/leavenworth. The office is at 500 Eisenhower Road in Leavenworth.