Ernst & Young LLP Recognized With US President's Volunteer Service Award

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New York, 5 March 2013 – At its quarterly Board of Directors meeting held earlier today, Junior Achievement USA® (JA) presented Ernst & Young LLP with a 2011-2012 Silver US President's Volunteer Service Award for providing the organization with significant volunteer resources during the year. The firm provided Junior Achievement with more than 10,000 volunteer hours.

President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) 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 US presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world.

“Ernst & Young LLP encourages employees to become engaged not only at work, but outside the office. We’re proud that our employees, including more than 40 serving on Junior Achievement boards across the country, are applying their workplace skills to create positive change in our communities,” said Gary Kozlowski, the firm’s Relationship Partner for Junior Achievement.

Ernst & Young LLP is one of only 33 JA corporate sponsors to be honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award this year.

"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 Ernst & Young LLP and its employee-volunteers, who demonstrate a commitment to their communities and encourage others to make volunteering a priority."

Larry A. Leva, 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."

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 4.2 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.

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