Join Hands Day is a national day of volunteering that brings youths and adults together to improve their own communities. Ten awardees are selected from thousands of volunteer projects that develop youth and adult partnerships on Join Hands Day. Each award-winning project receives a $1,000 check and an engraved glass award. An additional number of honorable mention projects, up to 10, will receive honorable mention status and an imprinted certificate of distinction. In selecting Excellence Award recipients, the most important consideration is the quality of the youth and adult partnership in planning and executing the event. Other criteria include the quality of the project to the neighborhood or to persons in need and the effectiveness of the mobilization group.