Rep. Boy leads House to recognize 2019 top youth volunteer and state honoree

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INDIANAPOLIS – Representative Pat Boy (D-Michigan City) led Indiana House members in recognizing Adrian Huizar as a 2019 top youth volunteer and state honoree in a resolution today.

Huizar, an eighth-grader at Queen of All Saints Catholic School, was awarded the title of 2019 top youth volunteer and state honoree at the annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for his outstanding record of volunteer service, peer leadership, and contributions to the education of his fellow students.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program was started in 1995 by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary Schools Principals (NASSP) to emphasize the importance of volunteerism and service to others at the local, state and national level. The program has recognized more than 125,000 middle school and high school students who have made a difference in their communities. In 2019, 29,000 young people participated in the program from across the nation. 

“It is incredibly important that we reward and promote this kind of selfless behavior, especially in our young Hoosiers,” Boy said. “When we see someone as young as Adrian working to help others succeed, it reminds us of all the opportunities we as state legislators have to assist our fellow Hoosiers in their own success and help build a better society for all.”

Huizar earned the award by dedicating his time and energy to start, build, and maintain a tutoring program at Queen of All Saints Catholic School. With the support of the school, interested parents, and National Junior Honor Society members, Huizar’s tutoring program offered 45 minute tutoring lessons to children in first through sixth grade, four days a week.

Huizar is responsible for all scheduling and attendance, and provides tutors with worksheets to use during their lessons. Since its creation in 2017, more than 60 students, tutors, and supervisors have been involved in the tutoring program.

As one of the two state honorees in Indiana, Huizar will receive a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion, and a trip to Washington D.C. Huizar will also be considered for one of 10 national awards that would give him an additional $5,000 award and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation that may be donated to a charitable organization of his choice.

“I hope the work Huizar has done to better his community inspires others to think of ways they can help the people in their lives,” Boy said. “I have no doubt as to what Huizar can accomplish in the future with the positive outlook he shares on life and the generosity that fills his heart.”

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