COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- At its quarterly Board of Directors meeting held earlier today, Junior Achievement USA® presented 2010-2011 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards to 20 corporate partners who provided the organization with significant volunteer resources during the year.
President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. In 2006, Junior Achievement became an official certifying organization for this award, which also recognizes corporations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world.
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to empowering young people to own their economic success. As a thought leader and a primary source for innovative work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education, Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy.
Junior Achievement's partners enable JA's growing global effort. The corporations selected to receive the 2010-2011 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award include the following:
- Gold Level (15,000 volunteer hours or more): AT&T, Capital One, Destination & Travel Foundation, Financial Services Roundtable, General Electric, HSBC, University of Central Florida, and Walt Disney World.
- Silver Level (10,000 volunteer hours or more): Bank of America, Deloitte, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank.
- Bronze Level (5,000 volunteer hours or more): Accenture, Citi, Ernst & Young, JP Morgan Chase, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, State Farm and UPS.
"Junior Achievement volunteers play a key role in bringing Junior Achievement to life. By sharing their personal and professional experiences and skills with students in their communities, volunteers help young people to make a connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life. In so doing, they support students, their local communities and America's economic competitiveness," said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "The U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award is an outstanding way to acknowledge JA's corporate partners and their employee-volunteers, who demonstrate a commitment to their communities and encourage others to make volunteering a priority."
"By recognizing and honoring volunteers, we shine a spotlight on everyday heroes who are working to address pressing social challenges," said Jonas Prising, president-Americas of ManpowerGroup and chairman of the Junior Achievement USA Board of Directors. "We are also setting a standard for service and fostering civic participation."
About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches four million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 6.5 million students served by operations in 117 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.
SOURCE Junior Achievement USA