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Island University Receives US President’s Volunteer Service Award

March 08, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Practical economic and business lessons taught by college students to elementary students are the hallmark of the Junior Achievement (JA) Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Nearly 600 students, mostly from classes in the College of Business, commit a total of more than 5,000 hours each year, first training and prepping for the lessons and then instructing five in-classroom sessions.

This volunteer effort earned Texas A&M-Corpus Christi one of 60 awards from the U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards for providing Junior Achievement with significant volunteer resources during the 2014-2015 school year.

Dr. Flavius Killebrew, University President and CEO, is scheduled to accept the award at a ceremony today, Tuesday, March 8, in New York City in conjunction with JA’s quarter National Board of Directors meeting.

“The University is proud to receive this honor from Junior Achievement,” Killebrew said. “It represents one of the many ways A&M-Corpus Christi gives back to our community, sharing both the knowledge and the time of our students, faculty and staff in worthy causes throughout the area.”

Dr. Jim Lee, Regents Professor of Economics, Dr. Ben Blanco, Adjunct Professor, and Dr. Akin Buyukeren, Professional Assistant Professor, coordinate the Junior Achievement Program at A&M-Corpus Christi.

“The University students are not only participating in community service learning when they go into the classroom, but the program also helps them really understand these concepts,” Lee said.

A&M-Corpus Christi is receiving the 2014-2015 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award at the bronze level, for providing at least 5,000 volunteer hours to Junior Achievement of South Texas during the year. The complete list of recipients is located here [LINK].

“Junior Achievement volunteers are important mentors for young people, bringing our programs to life,” said Jayne Woodall, District Director for JA of the Coastal Bend. “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 helps the economy grow. JA’s volunteers are critical to our organization’s success and are a vital part of our mission.”

Junior Achievement’s kindergarten through high school programs are delivered across the country by a network of more than 218,000 volunteers, including over 1,200 volunteers in the Corpus Christi and Coastal Bend area. JA programs provide innovative, hands-on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy education to more than 19,000 students in the Coastal Bend community each year.

 “Junior Achievement volunteers help build communities by empowering the next generation for success,” said JA Area Board Chairman Julio Reyes, Vice President of External Affairs, AEP Texas. “JA could not exist without the dedication of its volunteers. We are grateful for this opportunity to recognize their invaluable support.”

Former 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 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. Each year, more than 200,000 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,” said Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. “The recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Awards are leaders in this effort and critical to helping JA inspire and prepare young people for success.”