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U.S. Bank one of 60 organizations to be honored by Junior Achievement with the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award
Volunteers provide students with critical mentoring and positive role models

March 17, 2016

Maplewood, MN – Junior Achievement USA® (JA) announced today that it will honor U.S. Bank with one of 60 2014-2015 U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Awards. The organizations receiving the awards provided Junior Achievement with significant volunteer resources during the 2014-2015 school year. The awards were presented at a gala event on March 8th in New York City in conjunction with JA’s quarterly National Board of Directors meeting.

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 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.

U.S. Bank is receiving the 2014-2015 U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award at the Gold level, for providing at least 15,000 volunteer hours to local Junior Achievement offices during the year. The complete list of recipients is located here.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition, and I’m proud to work for a company that helps bring Junior Achievement programming to classrooms here in the Twin Cities and across the country,” said Jeff Kerr, President of U.S. Bank Institutional Trust & Custody and board chairman for Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest. “JA holds a special place in the hearts of many U.S. Bank JA volunteers who regularly witness the incredible impact JA has on young people’s lives.”

“Junior Achievement volunteers are important mentors for young people, bringing our programs to life. 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. U.S. Bank volunteers play a major role in helping us deliver our programs to hundreds of thousands of local students each school year,” said Gina Blayney, President & CEO of Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest.

“Junior Achievement volunteers help build communities by empowering the next generation for success,” said Blayney. “We value our partnership with U.S. Bank and are grateful for this opportunity to recognize their invaluable support.”

Junior Achievement’s kindergarten through high school programs are delivered across the country by a network of more than 218,000 volunteers, including nearly 9,000 in Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest’s three state region (Minnesota, North Dakota, western Wisconsin). JA programs provide innovative, hands-on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy education to more than 161,000 students in the Upper Midwest this school year.