Volunteers provided students with critical mentoring and positive role models
Fort Lauderdale, FL (Thursday, January 12, 2017) – Junior Achievement USA® (JA) today announced that it will honor Broward College with a Silver level 2015-2016 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award for providing at least 10,000 volunteer hours to local Junior Achievement offices during the 2015-2016 school year. The U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award will be presented to 64 organizations at an evening awards ceremony during the JA Volunteer Summit, presented by American Express, on March 7, 2017 in New York, NY.
“The quintessential American Dream is to give every person the opportunity to change his or her life through education, and those dreams begin young,” said President J. David Armstrong, Jr. “Broward College is committed to helping give our youth a positive future, and we are proud to support Junior Achievement of South Florida through our volunteer efforts.”
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 Laurie Sallarulo, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of South Florida.
ABOUT BROWARD COLLEGE:
Serving more than 63,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.
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 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.
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