Search underway for top youth volunteers
YOUTH volunteers who make their communities better places to live are to be rewarded with a trip to Washington DC.
The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards shine a light on young people's volunteering efforts.
The awards celebrate those who are passionate about issues including homelessness, mental health, disabled rights, animal cruelty and caring for the elderly.
It is one of Ireland's largest youth recognition programmes, and aims to give a voice to those who are improving their communities while inspiring others to take action.
It is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals in the Republic and General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland.
Two finalists will win cash for their preferred charity and a trip to Washington DC.
"There is a new generation of young people who are taking a stand for what they believe in and empowering others to take positive action in areas that they are passionate about," said Naomi Hegarty from Pramerica Systems Ireland.
"There is so much amazing volunteering work going on in communities across Ireland and we want these brilliant young people to enter the awards to get the recognition they truly deserve.
"Small contributions can make a big difference. Sometimes the smallest deeds like spending time with an elderly neighbour can have the biggest influence on someone's outlook and our awards programme is about making sure these acts don't go unnoticed."
:: Applications are open at www.pramerica.ie/spirit. Students must register and apply by October 24.