Saginaw High School senior Ryan Almusawi was name a Distinguished Finalist in The 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Texas, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Almusawi’s community service contributions include mobilizing more than 200 volunteers to help provide more than 10,000 meals for homeless people in the region through “Slay Hunger,” an initiative he started in January 2017. His program works with local businesses to collect and donate leftover food for the homeless, in addition to hosting activities including volunteer PB&J-making events. He will receive an engraved bronze medal for his service.
He also qualified for the President’s Volunteer Service Award that recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. Honorees received an award certificate and a letter from the President.
This isn’t Almusawi’s first time to be honored by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. He was named in 2017 as a Texas Top Youth Volunteer for his work within the EMS ISD community with the Charitable Crusaders, a group he helped establish with friends while attending Highland Middle School. Read about his previous award here.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 23rd year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). All public and private middle and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of Points of Light’s Hands On Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact, and personal growth.