Adam Griffis, a student at Union High School in Vancouver, was named as a 2013 Top Youth Volunteer for Washington state by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
The Prudential Spirit of community Awards is a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Jessica Chin of Seattle was also honored with the award.
Adam was nominated by the American Red Cross of Southwest Washington.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 18th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
Adam, a senior at UnionHigh School, oversees all American Red Cross youth activities in Southwest Washington as president of the area’s Red Cross Youth Council. His involvement with the Red Cross began four years ago when he volunteered to help with a blood drive at his school.
“I realized that students were running the show and making a difference,” Adam said.
Inspired by that experience, Adam decided he wanted to help all the region’s schools find a way to conduct their own blood drives. After being elected a member of the Red Cross youth council, he took on the role of chief blood drive organizer. He also started a Red Cross club at his school.
Over his four years as a youth volunteer, Adam has worked on projects ranging from fundraising for disaster services to teaching CPR and first aid to members of the community.
“I learned more and more about the Red Cross, and became more and more intrigued,” he continued. His dedication to the organization ultimately led to his election as president of the youth council.
As president, Adam spends an approximately ten hours each week planning events, interacting with school representatives, managing a web site, delegating tasks to other volunteers, processing paperwork, and overseeing all aspects of his region’s youth program.
“It’s a lot of work,” Adam remarked, “but it is highly rewarding. The great feeling of helping others is worth ten-fold the amount of effort you put in.”
As a State Honorees, Adam will receive $1000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. in early May. While in D.C, he’ll join the other top honorees from each of the other 49 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 for 2013.
About the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, and HandsOn Network affiliates, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award.
Nearly 5,000 honorees were reviewed by an independent judging panel which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, impact, and personal growth.
Jim Boline, SW Washington Red Cross Media Team
Congratulations, Adam – We’re all very proud of you!
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