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JA corporate volunteers influence local students and encourage community service.

Colorado Springs, Colo. At its quarterly Board of Directors meeting held earlier today, Junior Achievement USA® presented 2011-2012 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards to 33 organizations who provided Junior Achievement 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 recognizes corporations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world.

Junior Achievement's kindergarten through high school programs provide innovative, hands-on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education and reach 4.2 million students annually in the U.S.

The corporations receiving the 2011-2012 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award provided 15, 000 hours (Gold Level), 10, 000 hours (Silver Level) or 5, 000 hours (Bronze Level) of volunteer support to Junior Achievement. The entire list of recipients is located here.

"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 Larry A. Leva, global vice chairman of Quality and Risk Management for KPMG International and chairman of the Junior Achievement USA Board of Directors. "We are also setting a standard for service and fostering civic participation."

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