Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Staples Foundation for Learning Announce Finalists of National Service Project
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Atlanta, and Staples Foundation for Learning, Framingham, Mass., a private foundation created by Staples Inc., announced the five finalists of the Staples Foundation for Learning National Service Project Awards. The annual initiative invites Boys & Girls Club Torch Club members to take action in addressing environmental issues within their communities.
For the second year in a row the theme of the award is “Be Great. Be Green.” Staples Foundation for Learning and Boys & Girls Clubs of America will recognize youth-led programs that reinforce the importance of caring for the environment through renewing, preserving and beautifying outdoor spaces. Torch Clubs are chartered, small groups for Boys & Girls Club members, ages 11 to 13, which focus on the development of character and leadership skills. The five Torch Club finalist teams will now advance to the national Staples Foundation for Learning National Service Project Award competition. The grand prize winner will win a $2,500 cash award. The second-place winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and the remaining finalists will each receive $500.
A panel of expert judges will help determine the grand-prize winner. Judges will include Jenn Savedge, environmental journalist, Jim Caulfield, senior vice president, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Rajeev Kapur, founder of Greenwala , and Joy Errico, director of Community Relations for Staples, Inc. The public is also invited to vote for their favorite Staples Foundation National Service Project at www.staples.com/sfflserviceaward beginning today through Thursday, April 15th. The national winner will be determined based on the voting results of the judges and the public's overall vote.
The Staples Foundation for Learning National Service Project is part of BGCA's overall mission to encourage the development of conscientious citizenship in young people and help them realize they can play an active role in creating positive change. Projects will be evaluated based on their originality and creativity, demonstration of leadership skills, environmental awareness and responsibility youth have gained through the experience, and the overall impact the project made in the community. This year, more than 1,400 Torch Clubs were invited to create a project that helped educate them about preserving the environment and helped to make their Club and local community more eco-friendly.