The Stoa Servant Heart Award
Beginning in the 2020-2021 season, the Stoa Board of Directors provided recognition to both individuals and clubs, who are growing in their character and speaking skills, through the Servant Heart Award. We hope this award will inspire all Stoa students and clubs to reach out and share their skills to “change the world for Christ”. Some ideas for serving include providing free speech or debate workshops, entertaining at nursing homes, speaking at organization meetings, visiting shut-ins, evangelism, or other acts of kindness within your community, city, state, nation, or the world.
Our NITOC 2021 winners were: 1) Club – SOAR from Little Rock, Arkansas. SOAR club members recorded a variety of bedtime stories using their interpretive and speaking skills for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Brookdale Senior Living – Memory care unit. 2) Individual – Joshua Lodenquai from Legacy Club in California. Joshua has actively shared Bible stories and songs with lower-income children in his community, even throughout COVID-19. His entry video explained this multifaceted project and provided excerpts from some of the group activities. He has even taken his evangelism beyond his community to other countries.
How can you get involved?
Identify a service opportunity you or your club can participate in that uses public speaking skills…and start serving! Then document your experience through pictures and/or videos.
Here is the process:
- Participate in a service opportunity that uses your speaking skills.
- Create a 3–5 minute video that explains the project—who is being helped, how skills learned in Stoa were used, and the impact (short-term and long-term) of the service. This can be a video compilation of varied clips, a single video recording, or multiple photos with voice-over. Be creative!
- Each club award participant must be nominated by a fellow club leader or club parent. Each individual award participant can be nominated by any Stoa coach, parent, alumni, or fellow Stoa student.
- Servant Heart video submissions must be submitted by the nominator. The video should include the name of the individual or club being nominated along with who is nominating them.
- A video release form must be submitted by each individual shown in the video.
- The first submissions will be due by October 15th, and the first recipient(s) will be announced in the November StoaByte. Submissions are due by the 15th of the preceding month. There will be monthly recipients from November to April.
- Please submit videos and release forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Each individual or club video will be evaluated by the Stoa Executive Director and the Stoa Board on the following criteria:
- Positive, Christ-like impact
- Use of speaking skills
- Overall community outreach
- The award recipient(s) will be announced in the subsequent month’s StoaByte and will receive a certificate of recognition.
At NITOC, the individual and club monthly award recipients will receive stage recognition. The Stoa Board will also evaluate and determine overall winners selected from the monthly award recipients. Overall individual and club winners will each receive a certificate, a cash award, and a Servant Heart trophy.
We encourage you to be creative in your selection of opportunities and your submission. Think about the impact your words and actions have on those around you and how you can use your abilities to serve your community. We look forward to seeing your submissions!
If you have any questions, please contact Angela Childress at email@example.com.