EY honored by Junior Achievement with U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award

New York, 13 March 2018

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Volunteers provide students with critical mentoring and positive role models

Ernst & Young LLP (EY) will be honored by Junior Achievement USA® (JA) today with a Gold level 2016-2017 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award for providing at least 15,000 volunteer hours to local Junior Achievement offices during the 2016-2017 school year. The U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award will be presented to 57 organizations at an evening awards ceremony during the JA Volunteer Summit, presented by American Express Foundation, today in New York, NY.

“Our relationship with Junior Achievement empowers us to develop purpose-driven leaders at EY,” said Gary Kozlowski, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, and head of the network of EY leaders serving on nearly 60 local JA boards across the US, Canada and the Caribbean. “Each year, thousands of EY volunteers help JA deliver on its mission to raise financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness through skills-based volunteering in schools and community agencies, including as part of EY Connect Day, our annual day of service.”

In 2003, President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) 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 individuals 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.

"We are proud of the dedication our people have shown in volunteering their time to help develop business leaders of tomorrow,” said Randy Cain, Vice Chair and Southwest Region Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, and JA USA board member. “JA equips students with vital business skills, such as managing money and starting a business, that are invaluable as they move into their careers, and provides our own people the opportunity to deliver on EY’s commitment to build a better working world.”

Junior Achievement’s kindergarten through high school programs are delivered across the country by a network of more than 243,000 volunteers. JA programs provide innovative, hands-on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education students across the country each year.

The complete list of recipients can be found here.

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 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

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This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, a member firm of EY serving clients in the US.