Marietta student is honored with $5,000 award and invitation to the 2023 summit for his work addressing the challenges of a changing world.
NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Sidney Keys III, 17, of Marietta, Georgia, today was named a 2023 Prudential Emerging Visionary for his inspiring commitment to improving the lives of others.
As one of 25 Prudential Emerging Visionary winners, Sidney will receive a $5,000 award to help take his innovation to the next level. He is also invited to attend an all-expenses-paid trip with his parent or guardian to Prudential’s Newark, New Jersey, headquarters for a three-day summit in April where he will receive coaching, skills development and networking opportunities with Prudential employees and other young leaders.
Prudential Emerging Visionaries recognizes young people ages 14-18 whose fresh perspectives and innovative solutions address pressing financial and societal challenges in their communities.
“The goals of our Emerging Visionaries program reflect Prudential’s overarching purpose: to make lives better by solving the financial challenges of our changing world,” said Chairman and CEO Charles Lowrey. “We applaud all of our honorees for their commitment to improving the lives of others and creating inclusive and thriving communities.”
Georgia’s 2023 Prudential Emerging Visionary:
Sidney Keys III founded “Books N Bros,” a book club that improves the relationship young Black men have with reading by amplifying African American stories and literature.
Sidney started the program to increase literacy among young men of color. His project curates boxes of books representing diverse perspectives that are shipped across the country monthly, along with hosting virtual and in-person meetups. The club is a safe space for young men of color to connect and grow a relationship with books together. The program serves more than 700 young men internationally.
Emerging Visionaries is a collaboration between Prudential Financial and Ashoka, a leading social impact organization, with support from the Financial Health Network, an authority on financial health and longtime partner of The Prudential Foundation.
During the summit, to be held April 22-25, 2023, five winners will also have the opportunity to present their solutions in a pitch-off, where a grand prize winner will be awarded an additional $10,000 in funding. What’s more, Prudential employees will again vote to name an Employees’ Choice Award winner, who will receive an additional $5,000.
The program is an evolution of Prudential’s Spirit of Community Awards, which, over 26 years, honored more than 150,000 outstanding youth volunteers.
Source : Cision