Why It Is Important to Volunteer?

At Michigan Youth Empowerment Foundation (mYe), we’ve found that students benefit greatly—both academically and emotionally—from volunteering their time and contributing their talent to make the community and world a better place. While completing community service projects, students develop real-world skills that will help them succeed in school and beyond.

Most importantly, students learn to take ownership of the community and the volunteer work that they do can make a real impact!

mYe is a certifying organization for The President’s Volunteer Service Award since 2018.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully permanent resident of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

Official website: https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/

Volunteer Eligibility

  • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., green card holder)
  • Must be at least five years old
  • Completes eligible service within a 12-month period (for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and over a lifetime (for Lifetime Achievement Awards)

Eligible Service:

  • Unpaid acts of volunteer service benefitting others
    • Service through National service programs that provide a stipend (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) may count towards the Lifetime Achievement Award, but not for the annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards)
    • Travel stipends, transit/parking passes, membership passes, expense reimbursements, and other nominal volunteer support do not impact service eligibility

Eligible Service does not include:

  • Donating funds
  • Political lobbying (Non-partisan voter registration is an eligible activity)
  • Religious instruction
  • Conducting worship service
  • Proselytizing
  • Volunteer service performed as part of court-ordered community service
  • Serving only family members
Hours Required to Earn Awards in Each Age Group
Age Group Bronze Silver Gold Lifetime Achievement Award
Kids (5–10 years old) 26–49 hours 50–74 hours 75+ hours 4,000+ hours
Teens (11–15) 50–74 hours 75–99 hours 100+ hours 4,000+ hours
Young Adults (16–25) 100–174 hours 175–249 hours 250+ hours 4,000+ hours
Adults (26+) 100–249 hours 250–499 hours 500+ hours 4,000+ hours


1. What will volunteers receive for recognition?

Volunteers will receive a:

    • personalized certificate recognizing their highest level of achievement (Gold, Silver, or Bronze);
    • letter signed by the President of The United States of America; and
    • pin, coin, or medallion based upon your selection.

Presidents Volunteer Service Award | ruhsandiego

2. What if I had a birthday which increased my volunteer hourly category?

Age category is determined by the age a volunteer is for at least 7 months out of a designated 12-month award period.

3. What is mYe’s PVSA Qualified volunteering time period?


4. What % of my volunteer hours needs to come from mYe?

In order to get your PVSA certified through mYe, a minimum of 10% of your volunteering hours have to come from mYe.

5. Is there a fee to apply for the PVSA through mYe?

No. The application cost is covered by mYe.

2021-2022 Application

Application deadline: October 7, 2022, 11:59 pm