Junior Achievement USA® (JA) today announced that it will honor Robert Morris University, YMCA of the USA, Accenture, Caterpillar, and BMO Harris Bank with a 2017-2018 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award. The U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award will be presented to 44 organizations at an awards ceremony and celebration event at the New York Stock Exchange during the JA Volunteer Summit, supported by American Express, on March 12, 2019 in New York, NY. The event will be part of Junior Achievement’s year-long Centennial Celebration.
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 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. 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. JA’s volunteers are critical to our organization’s success and are a vital part of our mission," said Sandy Daffé, President of Junior Achievement of Chicago.
“Junior Achievement volunteers help build communities by empowering the next generation’s success,” said Rick Lenny, Chairman of the Board for Junior Achievement of Chicago. "JA could not exist without the dedication of its volunteers. We are grateful for this opportunity to recognize their invaluable support."
Junior Achievement’s kindergarten through high school programs are delivered across the country by a network of more than 245,000 volunteers, including nearly 14,000 in the Chicago area. JA programs provide innovative, hands-on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education to more than 600,000 students in Chicago each year.
The complete list of recipients can be found here.