About the Program

The Gratitude Awards Program teaches, recognizes, rewards, and honors youth for creating projects that benefit their communities.

 

Each of the award categories recognizes an individual, a small team (2 to 10 students), and a large team (11 or more students) for their projects that demonstrate the highest level of public service.

Each entrant (individual or team) is encouraged to be visionary, innovative, and results-oriented. Gratitude Awards participants complete a three-step application process online.

Award recipients receive recognition in the Gratitude Awards Digest, which is posted on PublicServiceNV.org and distributed to Clark County education leaders. Recipients also determine which nonprofit and/or school will receive a donation in the names of each team member. Equally important, all students who attend classes led by PublicServiceNV Faculty Champions, have the opportunity to participate in the highly interactive Serve.Learn.Inspire. : Civic-Education Program.

“This experience solidified for me the idea that simple kindness, human kindness is not only a joyous, warm feeling but also a very fun time.”
– Las Vegas High School student

“I learned that, even though I’m not a big important person, anything, even if it’s little, goes a long way.”
– Las Vegas Academy student

Categories And Goals

Animal Welfare

Evaluators will consider:
  • Statement of need for the project
  • How does this project serve the needs of animals and help improve their lives?
  • How does this project elevate the life of the person(s) performing the kind acts towards the animals?
  • How does this project confirm the benefits of compassion and motivate others to offer a hand of support to animals in their communities.
  • What is the most significant positive impact or outcome of this project?

Education

Evaluators will consider:
  • Statement of need for the project.
  • How does this project produce opportunities for students to achieve success inside the classroom?
  • How does this project help students succeed academically in high school and beyond?
  • How does this project provide students with additional skills for success?
  • What is the most significant positive impact or outcome of this project?

Health and Wellness

Evaluators will consider:
  • Statement of need for the project.
  • How does this project provide opportunities for young people, their families, and their community to thrive in healthy ways?
  • How does this project help young people develop healthy habits and life choices?
  • How does this project inspire young people, their families, or communities to sustain healthier life choices?
  • What is the most significant positive impact or outcome of this project?

Human Kindness

Evaluators will consider:
  • Statement of need for the project.
  • How does this project serve the needs of others and help improve their lives?
  • How does this project elevate the life of the person(s) performing the kind acts?
  • How does this project confirm the benefits of compassion and motivate others to offer a hand of support to people in their communities?
  • What is the most significant positive impact or outcome of this project?

Public Safety and Justice

Evaluators will consider:
  • Statement of need for the project.
  • How does this project allow people within a community to feel safe and protected from the risk of discrimination, threat, or injury?
  • How does this project motivate people to engage in conversations and activities to preserve safety and justice in a community?
  • How does this project provide responsible alternatives, support, or assistance to people challenged by illegal events or circumstances?
  • What is the most significant positive impact or outcome of this project?

Positive Impact of Service Projects

Words from Gratitude Awards recipients:
  • Human Kindness: “This project meant that families can be reminded that they are not alone.”
  • Public Safety and Justice: “We gave our community a voice, which will be spread so that something can be done.”
  • Education: “By initiating this project, I realized that I must be thankful for what I have accomplished through my own high school career.”

Serve.Learn.Inspire. Civic-Engagement Education Program

PublicServiceNV has created the Serve.Learn.Inspire. curriculum as part of its outreach efforts to students. This curriculum inspires and prepares students to submit a project through the Gratitude Awards Program. The curriculum focuses on “teaching by doing” through highly interactive classroom experiences. To create the energy around this civic engagement model, PublicServiceNV provides each Faculty Champion with a 10-lesson PLUS curriculum binder. Each lesson includes teacher instruction materials, a student reflection, an individual or team activity, and a supplement for students to take home.

To ignite the classroom experience, PublicServiceNV Board members visit each classroom to work with students. During this visit, students, working in small teams, participate in an invigorating 10-question activity that mirrors the Gratitude Awards Program, from selecting a community to serve to how to distribute donations in a team’s name. As a follow-up to the visit, Public ServivceNV honors the class by sending checks to the student-directed nonprofit, school, or both.

“I learned how to get a personal connection with a community in which I am a part of.”
–  Las Vegas Academy student

“I learned that if you stand up for what you really do believe in that it is going to be possible”
–  Veterans Career and Technical Academy student