Tatum Parker, 18, of Indianapolis and Adrian Huizar, 14, of Michigan City were named Indiana's top two youth volunteers of 2019 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. A Crawfordsville girl, Sydney Spencer, was among six distinguished finalists for the award.
Spencer, 16, a junior at Crawfordsville Senior High School, has been dedicated since the summer of 2018 to her “Positivity Project,” an initiative that posts vinyl decals with positive images and quotes on school bathroom stall doors to help students who are dealing with bullying and other challenges. Her GoFundMe, T-shirt sales and social media outreach have quickly attracted interest from local schools in bringing her project to life. As a distinguished finalist, she will receive an engraved bronze medallion.
As State Honorees, Tatum and Adrian each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where they will join the top two honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2019.
“These young volunteers learned and demonstrated that they can make meaningful contributions to individuals and communities through their service,” said Prudential CEO Charles Lowrey. “It’s an honor to recognize their great work, and we hope that shining a spotlight on their service inspires others to consider how they might make a difference.”
“Each of these honorees is proof that students have the energy, creativity and unique perspectives to create positive change,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “We commend each of the 2019 honorees for their outstanding volunteer service, and for the invaluable example they’ve set for their peers.”