JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT HONORS 44 ORGANIZATIONS WITH U.S. PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD
Volunteers at these organizations provided students with critical mentoring and positive role models
Junior Achievement USA® (JA) announced today that it will honor 44 organizations with the 2017-2018 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards. The organizations receiving the awards provided Junior Achievement with significant volunteer resources during the 2017-2018 school year. The recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony and, as part of Junior Achievement's Centennial Celebration, will participate in the ringing of the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange as part of the JA Volunteer Summit, supported by American Express, on March 12, 2019 in New York, NY.
In 2003, President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in communities and to encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor individuals 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 recognizes corporations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world.
"Junior Achievement volunteers are important mentors for young people, bringing our programs to life. Each year, more than 245,000 JA volunteers share their experiences and skills with students while delivering our programs, teaching them how to manage their money, succeed in the workforce, or start a business that creates jobs and grows the economy," said Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "The recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Awards are leaders in this effort and critical to helping JA inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy."
The following organizations are recipients of the 2017-2018 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards, as determined by Junior Achievement USA:
Gold Award Recipients (15,000 Volunteer Hours or More)
Bank of America
Ernst & Young LLP
HSBC Bank USA, N.A. and HSBC Holdings plc
National Credit Union Foundation
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
TD Bank, N.A.
The Dow Chemical Company
Silver Award Recipients (10,000 Volunteer Hours or More)
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Santander Bank, N.A.
Bronze Award Recipients (5,000 Volunteer Hours or More)
BMO Harris Bank
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Palo Alto College
Robert Morris University-Illinois
Woodforest National Bank
YMCA of the USA
Amy Kneesey, Vice Chairman of the Brevard County School Board
"It’s a way to expand our curriculum without having to put out more resources. That’s a win for everyone."
Beth Westfall, Assistant Principal West Side Elementary School
"JA is relevant to my school, more so now than ever."
Hilah R. Mercer, Principal Cambridge Elementary Magnet School
"Junior Achievement is an outstanding, motivating program for our elementary students. Several of [our teachers] had JA volunteers last year and all had great praise for the program"
Michael Johnson, PhD, UCF Professor, College of Education
"I have long believed that this JA experience is so valuable for our UCF students and that actually it is a rare win for all experience, the UCF students, the school teachers, the school students, the UCF Education Profs, and the JA sponsors."