Junior Achievement USA ® (JA) today presented Exxon Mobil Corporation with a 2011-2012 Silver U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award for providing the organization with significant volunteer resources during the year. ExxonMobil provided Junior Achievement with more than 10,000 volunteer hours.
“Through innovative partnerships between businesses, educators and volunteers, we can prepare young people to enter the workforce and succeed in a global economy,” said Alan Kelly, president of ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, who received the award on behalf of the company. “This award honors the commitment of hundreds of ExxonMobil employees around the world who volunteer with Junior Achievement and share their experiences at schools in their communities.”
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 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."I thoroughly enjoyed the Junior Achievement program on leadership and professional communications,” said Ebony Jackson, a junior at Wunsche High School in Spring ISD, Houston, Texas. “The program inspired me to be a leader on my campus and a role model to my peers." ExxonMobil is one of only 33 JA corporate partners to be honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award this year. 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 ExxonMobil and its employee-volunteers, who demonstrate a commitment to their communities and encourage others to make volunteering a priority."