Academy Award-winner, Forest Whitaker congratulates Comeaux High School student, Elijah Evans, center, and Madison Waldron, 13, of Haughton, left, for their recognition as two of the country's top 10 youth volunteers during the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Submitted courtesy of Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Comeaux High School student Elijah Evans, 16, was recognized Monday as one of the country’s top 10 youth volunteers during The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Evans was selected from more than 30,000 youth volunteers across the country.

The distinction includes a $5,000 personal award, as well as a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of his choice.

Evans is a sophomore at Comeaux who raises awareness of child abuse through his organization, No Use for Abuse.

Evans, a survivor of child abuse, also organizes an annual Christmas party for children in foster care.

Last year, Evans became the youngest person recognized by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute as one of its Angels in Adoption for his work raising awareness about foster care and adoption.

“Christmas is the time where a lot of kids, especially kids in foster care, don’t feel that they’re part of a family per se,” Evans said before receiving his recognition as an Angel in Adoption in October .

“I feel like I have to give them that family love and attention. I want them to feel like I’m that person that they can go to. I want to have them as part of my family.”