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Friends Seminary Students Earn National Awards For Community Service Impact


United Nations Association of the USA Recognizes Youth Leaders Delivering Progress Toward The UN Sustainable Development Goals
Friends Seminary is delighted to announce 121 students are being recognized by the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and InnerView in the forth Annual National Community Service Awards. This program, open to all U.S. students, has been designed to connect student community service activities and commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform our world. The Kroger Co. is presenting the second annual Zero Hero Awards to students for taking action to help create communities free of hunger and waste.
“Youth efforts and voices are essential to achieve the SDGs. These awards allow us to share our appreciation for youth leaders who have invested talent and effort in the causes they care about,” says Rachel Bowen Pittman, Executive Director of United Nations Association of the USA. “With a decade remaining to deliver on the SDGs, we are thrilled that these students will be entering the workforce with meaningful community engagement skills and socially aware experiences. We are encouraged that educators are including community service and cultural engagement in the educational experience of their students.”
“We are grateful for the efforts of every Zero Hero among us, especially the 29 student honorees from Friends Seminary who serve their communities in ways that advance Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social and environmental impact plan,” said Denise Osterhues, senior director of sustainability and social impact for Kroger. “Through this partnership with InnerView, we’ve connected more than 2,600 Zero Hero student leaders across 35 states to national subject matter experts and resources that build greater awareness of critical issues and inspire meaningful volunteer service, leadership and career exploration.”
Students from Friends Seminary delivered the most impact for SDG 4 - Quality Education. The collective activity of our students this school year, delivered 9,755 service hours and personal activities to address local needs. This achievement earned an additional distinction of the Emerald Award for outstanding impact.                                                
“In a year like no other, students have demonstrated resilience and personal understanding of the connectedness between all people and local and global challenges,” says Kristine Sturgeon, CEO of InnerView Technologies. “We are delighted to amplify and honor the incredible work of students who are changing the world, one action at a time.” The pandemic emphasized a call for change; as a result, student community service activities this past school year grew by more than 37% across the InnerView network of students.
A key artifact students gain through the Award Program is the development of a digital service resume for use in job and college applications to demonstrate personal commitment, 21st century skills, and key areas of interest. The three tier award program recognizes a range of student achievement: Merit for 20 hours, Honor for 40 hours and Ambassador for 100 hours of service this school year and special recognition for a focus on Zero Hunger and Zero Waste.

Click here to view the Student Awardees Award Earner Page. This page highlights Friends students who have been recognized and the UN SDGs with most impact. 


United Nations Association of the USA and InnerView Technologies have embarked on a partnership with the aim to help students ages 14 to 24 explore the UN Global Goals, engage in volunteer efforts in their community, and develop a personal social impact credential: a Service Resume. 


Ambassador: 100 hours of service this school year
Honor: 40 hours of service this school year
Merit: 20 hours of service this school year


Ambassador Awardees:
Abigail B., Senlee D., Jamie G., Tenzin Gund-M., Anya J., Riya J., Ananya M., Benjamin S., Asher Y.

Honor Awardees:
Carly B., Hilary B., Nylu B., Chloe B., Keyden C.t, Hallie G., Olivia H., Alexa K., Alexandra L, Jacob L., Leela M., Jana M., Nico P., Annika P., Zachary R., Aviyah R., Julian R., Amirah T., Ivory W.

Merit Awardees:
Charlotte A., Alessandra A., Nina B., Julia B., Sidney B., Mason B., Sophia B., Spencer B., Caleb C., Eli C., Aaira C., Daniel C., Josey Cuthrell-T., Jyotirmoy D., Ahmed D., Zachary D., Gwendolyn D., Harriet E., Yahli E., Joshua F., Kellen F., Aaron F., Alexandra F., Michael F., Avery G., Benjamin G., Antonia G., Zoe G., Tessa G., Daniella G., Abigail H., Leia H., Esme H., Avery H., Elinor H., Zoe H., Alizay H., Jordana I., Sophie I., Jacqueline I., Benjamin I., Ahden I., Ethan J., Nicolas L., Buzzie L., Orly L., Hazel L., Maya M., Tyler M., Miles B., Ruby M., Beatrice M., Lucas N., Marcus N., Sophie N., Nomi N., Olubukola O., Lola O., Jamie P., Juliette P., Sadie R., Reza R., Neve R., Annie R., Petra R., James B., Piper R., Harry S., Michael S., Alex S., Elizabeth S., Florence S., Andrew T., James T., Aidan Taubenblat-R., Charlotte T., Willow V., Calvin W., Justin W., David W.

Zero Hero Awardees: Bora B., Sidney B., Drew B., Daniel C., Zachary D., Harriet E., Tamara G., Tessa G., Henry G., Linus G., Abigail H., Avery H., Carmen De M., Sawyer K., Buzzie L., Alexandra L., Samuel M., Lars M., Jakob O., Olubukola O., Nico P., Sophie P., Julian R., Florence S., Andrew T., James T., Sam Van P., Oliver V., David W.

Schools with a collective student impact above 2,000 hours of service, the equivalent of a full time employee, are recognized with a School Impact Award. Friends Seminary has invested 9,755 + hours in community needs, earning the Emerald Award