Students across the country are being honored by the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and InnerView Technologies, in the 2nd Annual National Community Service Awards for students at both the high school and undergraduate level. The three-tier award program recognizes a range of volunteer, advocacy and leadership efforts. This year we celebrate a blend of activity in the community and virtual support for community needs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Youth efforts and voices are essential to achieve the SDGs. These awards allow us to share our appreciation for youth leaders who have invested talent and effort in the causes they care about,” says Rachel Bowen Pittman, Executive Director of United Nations Association of the USA. “With a decade remaining to deliver on the SDGs, we are thrilled that these students will be entering the workforce with meaningful community engagement skills and socially aware experiences.”
In the last ten months, thousands of students devoted more than 557,000 community service hours to causes and community needs. “The close of this school year, will be a moment in time, never forgotten by current students. Every aspect of life has been affected by COVID-19, and there has never been a better personal understanding of the connectedness between people, local, and global challenges,” says Kristine Sturgeon, CEO of InnerView Technologies. “We are delighted to amplify and honor the incredible work of students who are changing the world, one action at a time. In the last few months we have seen students transition their passions for causes to safe remote pathways including virtual tutoring, organizing local food collections, recording music performances for senior centers, digital connections to advocate for voter registration, unique appreciation for HealthCare heroes and so much more.”
For the 2019-2020 School Year, students from 305 schools earned recognition for their local and global service impact. This national program continues to expand in breath and depth, now honoring students in 45 states. Support for the awards is made possible by InnerView Champions of Change social impact partners: United Nations Association of the USA, Youth Service America, The Kroger Co., Michigan Community Service Commission, and The Hershey Company.
Each student award earner is recognized with the primary area of impact at https://innerview.org/award/members.