youths Joseph (Joey) Thomasson of Lewiston and Shelby Kettler of Pocatello were
awarded the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The award program, in
its 22nd year, honors young people in each state for outstanding
acts of volunteerism.
and Shelby will each be awarded $1,000, an engraved medal and an all-expense
paid trip to Washington, D.C. for four days of national recognition events. The
events recognize the top two honorees from every state.
15, has made more than 200 blankets to keep cancer patients warm during their
chemotherapy treatments. Joey decided to launch the project after watching his
older brother shiver through years of chemotherapy and now is experiencing this
firsthand as a cancer patient himself. “I have been watching my brother go through
chemo since I was 3,” Joey said. And now, “being a cancer patient myself, I
know how cold you can get while you are getting your chemo treatment.” Joey was
also recognized this year by Lt. Gov. Brad Little as an Idaho’s Brightest Star
for his volunteerism.
10, organized a collection drive at her school that gathered nearly 1,000 books
for children at a local homeless shelter. “I have a big passion for books,” Shelby
said. “Whenever I can get my hands on an interesting book, I think about people
who can’t afford them.” Shelby not only
organized the book drive, but also
coordinated delivery to the local homeless shelter.
other Idaho teens were recognized as distinguished finalists. Kassandra Brown,
18, of Boise, volunteers to help military children with the Idaho National
Guard Child and Youth Programs. Cheyenne Quilter, 18, of Boise, created
“Treasure Valley H2O Safety Pals,” a water safety awareness movement aimed at teaching
kids and their guardians how to swim and safely enjoy the open water.
Idaho teens contribute to Idaho’s status as No. 5 in the nation in for
volunteering for the second year in a row according to the Corporation for
National and Community Service. To join in the volunteering, you can find
opportunities near you at ServeIdaho.gov.
Serve Idaho, a
division of the Idaho Department of Labor,
encourages voluntary public service and volunteerism throughout the state. The
Serve Idaho Commission is funded in part by the Corporation for National and
Community Service and the Idaho Department of Labor.