Do you know an outstanding youth volunteer in Laois?

Nomination deadline approaching for 2014 All Ireland Youth Awards


The search for Ireland’s top youth volunteers is continuing with organisers calling on schools and students throughout Laois to nominate a deserving teenager by October 25.

The eighth annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards will honour 20 youth volunteers who give their time and talent.

“To date, we have honoured 140 students in 100 schools. There are young shining lights around us and we want you to nominate them,”  says Caroline

The search is on for Ireland’s Top Youth Volunteers: Rosemary Russell, programme manager, Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards is calling on second-level students and their schools to nominate inspiring youth volunteers. The closing date for students to submit their applications to the school principal is Friday.25 October 2013. The deadline for the school’s final nominations is 8 November 2013. Pictured are students Nicole Browne, Sophie Burke, Zak Enfield and Kedar Friis Lawrence. Log onto

Faulkner, Pramerica Systems Ireland’s senior managing director and CIO.

The 2014 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards is the only programme in Ireland that honours and celebrates youth volunteerism.

The awards are launched in conjunction with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI).

About the Awards

Post-primary students can complete their applications by  Applications must be submitted to the school Principal by25 October 2013.  Principals will review the applications and nominate one student in the junior category (for students up to age 16) and one student in the senior category (for students 16 to 19 years old). The deadline for school’s final nominations is 8 November 2013.


In February 2014, judges will select 20 finalists who will each receive a certificate of merit, €500, an engraved silver medallion and an invitation to the gala awards dinner to be held in County Donegal in March 2014. Two All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year will be selected at the awards dinner.  Each will receive €1,000 for a charity of their choice, a gold medallion and an all-expenses paid trip to the United States to attend the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.


How to Apply

Application forms are available at .


More Information



Tel:  +353 (0) 74-9167612.


About the Awards

The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards programme is modelled on The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which was created in 1995 in the United States by Pramerica’s parent, Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI)*. Since then, nearly 375,000 young Americans have participated in the programme and more than 130,000 have won awards. The programme has been widely praised by educators, government officials, parents and community leaders. Many notable Americans, including former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell (ret.), former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former First Lady Laura Bush, former U.S. Senator and astronaut John Glenn, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, sports superstar Magic Johnson, actor Richard Dreyfuss and actress/comedian Whoopi Goldberg have participated in the programme. PFI has introduced the programme in other countries where it has a significant business presence, including Japan in 1997, South Korea in 1999, Taiwan in 2000, Ireland in 2006, India in 2010 and China in 2013.


About Pramerica

Pramerica Systems Ireland Limited, located in Letterkenny, County Donegal, began operations in 2000 and has more than 950 employees. It provides essential computer-technology and client-contact services to PFI businesses around the world. Its Information Technology Group develops software and other systems solutions for PFI business groups and its Operations Group functions as a back-office contact centre for PFI business groups.

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals represents principals and deputy principals in the Republic of Ireland at post-primary level. The association aims to provide a united voice for principals and deputy principals.


The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland is an independent, self-regulated? body established to represent the professional interests of teachers in Northern Ireland.


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