JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT HONORS 60 ORGANIZATIONS TO BE HONORED BYJUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT WITH U.S. PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 4, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Junior Achievement USA® (JA) announced today that it will honor 60 organizations with the 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 recipients will be recognized at the evening awards ceremony as part of the JA Volunteer Summit presented by the American Express Foundation 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.

"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."

The following organizations are recipients of the 2014-2015 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards, as determined by Junior Achievement USA:

Gold Award Recipients (15,000 Volunteer Hours or More)

Accenture
AT &T
Bank of America
Barclays
BBVA Compass
Capital One
Citi
Deloitte
Destination & Travel Foundation
ExxonMobil
Ernst & Young LLP
Financial Services Roundtable
GE
HSBC Bank USA, N.A. and HSBC Holdings plc
KPMG LLP
PwC
U.S. Bancorp
Walt Disney World
Wells Fargo

Silver Award Recipients (10,000 Volunteer Hours or More)

Boys & Girls Club of America
Broward College
Caterpillar Inc.
Hewlett-Packard
LyondellBasell Industries
Regions Bank
Starbucks
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
University of Central Florida
UPS
Woodforest National Bank

Bronze Award Recipients (5,000 Volunteer Hours or More)

American Express
AXA Group
Bechtel
BP
Burnett Specialists
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
ConocoPhillips
Deere & Company
The Dow Chemical Company
FedEx
General Motors
Goldman Sachs
Halliburton
Jackson
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
MassMutual Financial Group
MasterCard Worldwide
MetLife
Microsoft
MUFG Union Bank
NRG Energy, Inc.
Robert Morris University-Illinois
SAP America
Schlumberger
State Farm
Technip USA
Texas A &M University Corpus Christi
University of Southern California
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Walmart and Sam's Club

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 4.6 million students per year in 112 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.

CONTACT: Ed Grocholski 719-540-6165 ed.grocholski@ja.org

Source:Junior Achievement USA