In order for you to make an informed decision about whether to disclose your personal information to us via this site, we are providing you with the following information about how we collect and use personal information. By “personal information,” we mean data that is unique to an individual, such as a name, address, e-mail address, or telephone number.

We may use your personal information for the following purposes:

Responding to inquiries or requests from you;

We will not collect personal information about you unless you provide us that information voluntarily.

We may use contact information which you provide for another individual for the following purposes:

Contacting the individual to inform him/her of his/her nomination;

Contacting him/her to inquire if he/she would like to be interviewed for a Spirit of Youth radio story;

Contacting the individual to inform him/her if he/she received an award or scholarship through Spirit of Youth;

Contacting the individual to invite him/her to subscribe to our mailing list.

Except in connection with the sale, transfer, merger, consolidation or other transaction involving all or part of our organization, we will not sell, license or otherwise transfer any rights to your personal information to any third party unless expressly authorized by you.

We may transmit or disclose your personal information to third parties for the following purposes:

Spirit of Youth shares nominee contact information with the nominee’s school district in order for him/her to be recognized by his/her school.

If required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena, regulatory oversight, or other legal process;

To enable Spirit of Youth contractors or vendors to perform certain services for us, including, but not limited to, website maintenance and performance improvement tasks.

In all cases, we will disclose your personally identifiable information consistent with applicable laws and regulations and we will require the recipient to protect the information and use it only for the purpose it was provided.

Collecting and using non-personally identifiable information

You should also be aware that when you visit our website, we collect certain non-personally-identifiable and aggregate information about you. This data helps us to analyze and improve the usefulness of the information we provide at this website. In order for you to make an informed decision about whether to use and navigate our website, we are providing you with the following information about how we collect and use non-personally identifiable and aggregate information. By “non-personally-identifiable information,” we mean information that does not identify you personally, but provides us with anonymous “usage data,” such as the number of unique visitors we receive, what pages are visited most often and the navigation preferences and characteristics of our visitors.

Web browser information:

Web browsers collect and store information about the type of device and operating system you are using to access our website, as well as your device’s MAC address for facilitating network communications. Accessing this information helps us to establish a secure and consistent connection to you during your visits to our website.

“Cookie” technology:

A “cookie” is an element of data that a website can send to your browser when you link to that website. It is not a computer program and has no ability to read data residing on your computer or instruct it to perform any step or function. By assigning a unique data element to each visitor, the website is able to recognize repeat users, track usage patterns and better serve you when you return to that site. The cookie does not extract other personal information about you, such as your name or address.

Client-side page tagging:

This technology uses code on each web page to write certain information about the page and the visitor to a log when a page is rendered to you by your web browser. “Tagging” does result in a JavaScript program running in your browser, but it is limited to providing information about the page that you are requesting and the configuration of your browser. It will not read any of your data files, nor execute any additional programs. It does not extract any personal information about you, such as your name or email address. You can prevent tagging by disabling JavaScript in your browser, but that may prevent you from using all of our website’s functions.

Tracking pixels or beacons:

These techniques use electronic files to track your navigation of our website, your completion of transactions and other browsing behavior.

IP Address:

When you subscribe to an Internet Service Provider (ISP), your computing device is assigned an IP address. We track and store this address to help us manage security and monitor usage volume and patterns.

Your e-mail:

We welcome your comments or questions about our website and have provided e-mail boxes for that purpose. We will share your comments and questions with our staff most capable of addressing your questions and concerns.

Please note that your e-mail, like most, if not all, non-encrypted Internet e-mail communications, may be accessed and viewed by other Internet users, without your knowledge and permission, while in transit to us. For that reason, to protect your privacy, please do not use e-mail to communicate information to us that you consider confidential. If you wish, you may contact us instead via telephone.

There are some locations on our website where we have made special provisions for a more secure environment in which we can exchange information with you. At each of these locations, we will provide you with appropriate instructions.

Linking to other sites:

From time to time, our website may provide links to other websites, not owned or controlled by Spirit of Youth, that we think might be useful or of interest to you. We cannot, however, be responsible for the privacy practices used by other website owners or the content or accuracy of those other websites. Links to various non-Spirit of Youth websites do not constitute or imply endorsement by Spirit of Youth of these websites, any products or services described on these sites, or of any other material contained in them.


We have adopted and adhere to stringent security standards designed to protect non-public personal information at Spirit of Youth against accidental or unauthorized access or disclosure. Among the safeguards that Spirit of Youth has developed for this site are administrative, physical and technical barriers that together protect this website and our other internal systems from unauthorized access or use. We periodically subject our site to simulated intrusion tests and have developed comprehensive disaster recovery plans.

Changes to this statement:

Spirit of Youth may change this statement from time to time; when updates are made, the privacy policy version date (located at the bottom of this policy) will also be updated to reflect that a revision occurred. We encourage you to periodically reread this policy to see if there have been any changes that may affect you. This statement is not intended to and does not create any contractual or other legal rights in or on behalf of any party.


Privacy policy update: 5/8/14