18 Apr 2005

Kirkland James ’05 Recognized for Volunteer Service

Kirkland James, CHS senior, of Baton Rouge, has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a state-level Certificate of Excellence for The 2005 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. James was nominated for this award by Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, where he is a student.
Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people across America for outstanding community service activities.
James also has received a President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, which recognizes Americans who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.
James’ service projects include a clothing drive for children in Iraq, Leadership Training Program, battered woman’s program, Catholic Community Services, Earl K. Long and sandbagging during hurricanes. James also established an organization called Real Life Teams as part of Leadership in Communities. This organization meets periodically to discuss issues in the community and how they can make our area a better place to live. Through his leadership, Real Life Teams is currently organizing a youth sports tournament as well as a beautification project for the Baton Rouge Area.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, now in its tenth year, also recognizes the top middle level and high school volunteer in each state, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, and will name America’s top ten youth volunteers in May. More than 170,000 young people across America have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.
‘All of these extraordinary young people exemplify the spirit of community that is so important to the future of our cities, towns and neighborhoods,’ said Art Ryan, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. ‘By honoring him, we hope to no only give them the recognition they so richly deserve, but also to inspire others to follow their example.’
Program applications were distributed through all public private middle level and high schools, Girl Scouts councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, Camp Fire USA councils and Volunteer Centers last September. After Local Honorees were named, state-level judges selected States Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact, and personal growth.