February 7, 2018, Florida USA
Once again, Olivia Russo-Hood is being honored with the Prudential Spirit of the Community Award as a Distinguished Finalist for the State of Florida. Based on her achievements, the heart that she puts into volunteering in her local, national, and global communities, and for her impacts founding Save the Earth Projects, she is also receiving special recognition from the President of The United States. This will be the 3rd President that has acknowledged her efforts since she created S.T.E.P. 5 years ago.
2017 was another consistently positive year for S.T.E.P. and Olivia. She has surpassed collecting 35,000 pair of shoes for her Leave a GOOD Footprint campaign, started plans for her subscription boxes so more people can participate in S.T.E.P. programs nationally, partnered with some of the most recognizable brands and corporations globally, and has been a great mentor and guide to her brother Vincent – who founded S.T.E.P. Up to the Plate – a program advocating for school and community gardens, with a focus on reducing childhood obesity and local hunger.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.
Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premiere volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and recognition.
One person can make a difference, and everyone should try. – JFK