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Birmingham-Southern student honored by Points of Light Foundation
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College senior Jessica Headley of Hoover has been selected for a national Daily Points of Light Award for her volunteer work in educating young people about the importance of character.
Headley, who will be showcased on The Points of Light Foundation's Web site March 21, was selected for the prestigious award based upon the nonprofit corporation she founded in 2005 called P.R.A.I.S.E. Inc. (Promoting Responsibility, Awareness, Integrity, Service, and Character Education). Through P.R.A.I.S.E. and other character and literacy organizations, such as Camp Fire USA and Better Basics, she has donated more than 2,000 hours of community service.
The Daily Points of Light Award honors individuals and volunteer groups that have made a commitment to volunteer service to help meet critical needs in their communities and in the nation. It focuses on the goals for children and youth set by the President's Summit for America's Future. Each weekday, one volunteer or volunteer effort in the country receives a Daily Point of Light Award.
Headley mentors students weekly in both large and small groups about the six pillars of character, works with schools on awarding certificates for students who demonstrate positive character, and raises funding for scholarships from businesses and civic groups to help train teachers on inculcating character into their curriculums. She also created a DVD on the merits of character that was distributed to Alabama legislators.
She used “P.R.A.I.S.E.” as a community service platform when she competed in the 2004 Miss BSC Pageant, and she will use it again when she vies for the Miss Alabama title in June as the reigning Miss Point Mallard.
A political science major, Headley's campus activities include the Southern Stars dance team, Chi Omega sorority, President's Student Service Organization, and secretary of Mortar Board. She is the daughter of William and Mary Headley.
The Daily Points of Light program, based in Washington, D.C., dates back to the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush Sr. It was reinstated on Jan. 1, 1998, by the Points of Light Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service with full funding from the Knights of Columbus.