New York At its quarterly Board of Directors meeting held yesterday, Junior Achievement USA® (JA) presented Citi with a 2011-2012 Gold-level U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award for providing the organization with more than 15,000 volunteer hours during the year.
President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003 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 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 also recognizes corporations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world.
“Citi and JA are both organizations that have a global presence and the shared commitment to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy,” said Francesco Vanni d'Archirafi, CEO of Citi Transaction Services and Vice Chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide. “Through the work funded by the Citi Foundation and activated by employees across Citi, we have helped deliver entrepreneurship training, job creation programs and expand JA’s reach by finding alternative ways to link business volunteers with students through technology. I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of Citi and, in particular, on behalf of more than 2,000 Citi volunteers across the world who last year shared their passion, experience and knowledge with a young person on the pathway to a successful educational and professional career.”
Citi is one of only 33 JA corporate partners to be honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award this year and one of only 12 at the Gold level, the highest possible recognition. The entire list of recipients is available.
"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 Citi and its employee-volunteers, who demonstrate a commitment to their communities and encourage others to make volunteering a priority."
Larry A. Leva, global vice chairman of Quality and Risk Management for KPMG International and chairman of Junior Achievement USA, added, "By recognizing and honoring volunteers, we shine a spotlight on everyday heroes who are working to address pressing social challenges. We are also setting a standard for service and fostering civic participation."
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 4.2 million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
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