Duke Energy Progress “Power of One” Award

About the Award

The “Power of One” award sponsored by Duke Energy Progress (formerly Progress Energy) is presented to a business, community of faith, organization or individual who has displayed dedication and commitment to the children and families of Brunswick County through a Communities In Schools program. Duke Energy Progress presents the award each year at a CIS Board of Directors Meeting.


  • 2017 – Douglas Young – Peer Court Program

Each year, Duke Energy presents the Power of One Award to a CIS volunteer who has been nominated by CIS staff for going above and beyond to support the organization and Brunswick County students. This year Douglas Young is our Power of One Award recipient. Mr. Young resides in Leland and has been volunteering for the Peer Court Program at Leland Middle School for the past 6 years. Mr. Young worked as an attorney before retiring and began volunteering with Peer Court as a Judge in the Fall of 2011. This past year he also began volunteering with the Teen Court Program. He is very thorough in his analysis of each student case. The week prior to scheduled Peer Court hearings, he comes to the school, picks up the case packets, takes them home and studies them, calling to discuss the cases with the Leland Middle School CIS Success Coach, Ruth Thompson, if he has questions or concerns. During court proceedings he makes it a point to speak one-on-one with each student defendant about their offense and how they can make changes in their conduct and decision-making moving forward. Mr. Young is very dedicated and has missed very few hearings over the past 6 years. He enjoys helping young people become better citizens and is an extremely valuable asset to the Peer Court Program. Thank you Mr. Young for your service, caring, and commitment to building strong students and even stronger citizens.

  • 2016 – North Brunswick Kiwanis Club – Action for Success Program
  • 2015 – Byron Price – Teen Court Volunteer
  • 2014 – Shallotte Presbyterian Church – Parenting Education
  • 2013 – John Kelso – Teen Court Volunteer
  • 2012 – Kimberly Pryor – Belville ES After School Volunteer
  • 2011 – St. James The Fisherman Episcopal Church – After School Tutoring Group
  • 2010 – Holden Beach VFW / Ladies Auxiliary Post #8866
  • 2009 – South Brunswick Islands Rotary and the Shallotte Rotary Clubs
  • 2008 – District Attorney Rex Gore, 13th District
  • 2007 – Ed Kay
  • 2006 – St. James Service Club
  • 2005 – Brunswick County Bar Association
  • 2004 – Southport- Oak Island Kiwanis


  • Nominee must have at least one year involvement as a partner with Communities In Schools.
  • Nominee has made a significant contribution to the welfare of others.
  • Nominee works effectively as a team with Communities In Schools and other partners.
  • Nominee inspires and motivates others through spirit and dedication.

Who is Eligible?

Any business, community of faith, agency, organization or individual who benefits Communities In Schools program in substantial, important, or unique way.  A husband/wife, family, or team who contribute as a unit may be considered as one nominee. Previous winners from within the past 5 years are not eligible.

Additional Guidelines

  • The nomination information must be typewritten and completed in its entirety.
  • If the nominee is a business, community of faith, agency, or organization, the name of one contact person must be provided.
  • Each CIS program may only submit one nomination to the Duke Energy Progress Award Committee for evaluation and award selection.
  • Nominees are selected based on merit without regard to race, religion, gender, national origin, or physical/mental disability.

 For More Information

Contact Communities In Schools of Brunswick County