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Caught in the Act

Caught in the Act

During the 2013-2014 school year, over 25,000 students attending the 34 area “Youth Jefferson Awards/Students In Action” high schools will account for over 304,626 hours (up from 234,000 in 2012-2013).

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service are regarded as one of the nation's highest honors for community service and volunteerism and are referred to as the Nobel Prize for Public Service. 

Within the Toledo Region, two of our  SIA initiatives have received national attention during the 2013-14 school year!!  Springfield High School’s SIA initiative was selected by their Ambassador Level peers from throughout the country to represent “the best of the best” at the Jefferson Awards for Public Service’s National Celebration in Washington D.C. Less than 1% of SIA schools have earned Ambassador Level distinction. Being chosen to represent the Ambassador Level schools in Washington D.C. is the highest program honor.

We are also excited to share that in celebration of their extraordinary contributions and selfless work within the greater-Toledo community, student leaders representing Maumee High School’s SIA achieved the distinction of Outstanding Service by a High School and represented the Toledo Region in competition from June 16-18, 2014 with like programs from throughout the United States for top honors in Washington, DC!  Maumee High School’s Students In Action initiative was judged as the 5th top program in the nation.


We want viewers to become more aware of the extraordinary things being accomplished by ordinary students! Take a look at pics of local students “caught in the act” of serving and demonstrating that service to others is fun 

Toledo Region “Students In Action” high schools include:

Five years ago, Toledo was the fifth community chosen to pilot the new youth component and Leadership Toledo was selected to facilitate what is now known as the Youth Jefferson Awards/Students In Action (SIA) initiative. Toledo remains the only Ohio community to offer the program and Leadership Toledo coordinates SIA in 34area high schools, including:

Leadership Toledo

Leadership Toledo, through their three youth programs (Youth Leadership Toledo, Youth In Philanthropy Encouraging Excellence (YIPEE), and Youth Jefferson Awards/Students In Action-SIA) encourages area teenagers to create solutions for the problems that challenge our communities. They believe that schools represent one of the best opportunities to connect youth and volunteerism so that public service becomes a lifelong value. Students In Action schools have agreed and are working tirelessly to connect their students to the greater community, raise their profile locally and have the chance to garner recognition on a national stage through the Youth Jefferson Awards program. It takes leadership. It takes commitment. It takes action . . . Students In Action. For more information about Leadership Toledo or to become a Student In Action school visit or call the Director of Community Impact, Kristina White at 419.241.7371