Ernst & Young LLP Receives U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award from Junior Achievement

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New York, 14 March 2012 – Ernst & Young LLP today announced that Junior Achievement USA® (JA) recognized the firm with a Bronze Level 2010-2011 U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for its contribution of more than 5,000 volunteer hours. The award was one of 20 presented at JA’s quarterly board of directors meeting held today.

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.

“Ernst & Young LLP is proud to be recognized for our employees’ outstanding contribution to the welfare of local students and our communities,” said Gary Kozlowski, the firm’s Americas Relationship Partner for Junior Achievement. “We’re glad that the work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education provided by JA and our volunteers have made a difference in the lives of many of our communities’ youth.”

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to empowering young people to own their economic success by inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.

“Junior Achievement volunteers play an important role in bringing Junior Achievement to life in our community. Volunteers share their personal and professional experience, helping young people to make a connection between what they are learning in the classroom and what they will need to succeed. Volunteers support students, their local communities and America’s economic competitiveness,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA®. “The U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award is an outstanding way to acknowledge JA's corporate partners and their employee-volunteers, who demonstrate community commitment and encourage others to make volunteering a priority.”

Currently, 48 Ernst & Young LLP partners, principals and other professionals sit on 43 local Junior Achievement boards across the US and 1,200 employee-volunteers are involved with JA.

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 four million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 6.5 million students served by operations in 117 other countries worldwide. Visit http://www.ja.org for more information.

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