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JA New Jersey’s Board Companies Honored Nationally with a U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award

March 1, 2022, Edison, New Jersey – Junior Achievement USA® (JA) today announced that it will honor various leading companies with Gold, Silver, and Bronze 2020-21 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards in appreciation of their valued partnership and support despite the continued limitations on volunteerism during the pandemic. The U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award will be presented to 55 organizations at a virtual awards ceremony and celebration on March 2nd at 2 pm ET.

JA New Jersey’s Board company recipients of the 2020-21 President’s Volunteer Service Awards are:

  • Gold (6,000 or more volunteer hours) – Accenture, Citi, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, HSBC Bank, Johnson & Johnson, and KPMG.
  • Silver (3,000 or more volunteer hours) – AIG, AT&T, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and PwC.
  • Bronze (1,000 or more volunteer hours) – ADP, Capital One, Citizens, Santander Bank, TD Bank, and UPS.

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.

"Our research shows that in light of the pandemic, one-third of teens are looking for additional emotional support from caring adults this school year,” said Catherine Milone, President of JA New Jersey (JANJ).  “JA volunteers are important mentors for young people, bringing our programs to life. These 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.”

“Junior Achievement volunteers help build communities by empowering the next generation’s success,” said Christine LaCroix, Partner at Deloitte, and State Chair.  "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 dedicated volunteers, including over 1,800 in New Jersey. JA programs provide innovative, hands-on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy education to more than 86,000 students in the New Jersey community each year.

The complete list of recipients can be found here.

About Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ):

As one of 103 Junior Achievement USA markets, JANJ is an award-winning, best-in-class JA operation. With its headquarters and Capstone programs located in the JA Education Center, in Raritan Center, Edison, NJ, JANJ is a free educational resource dedicated to giving all young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success and plan for their futures. JA’s learning experiences primarily focus on career readiness, financial empowerment, entrepreneurship, and life skills, and are held at the JA Education Center, in schools, on college/university campuses, in corporate facilities, and online through digital learning experiences. For more information, visit janj.org and follow JANJ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

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 2.5 million students per year in 103 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit  www.ja.org  for more information.

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