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Updated: Mar 21, 2022

(LUFKIN, TX) Junior Achievement USA (JA) announced that it will honor State Farm® with a bronze level 2020-21 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award in appreciation of their partnership and support despite the continued limitations on volunteerism during the pandemic. The U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award was presented to 55 organizations at a virtual awards ceremony and celebration on March 2nd.

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.

"Our research shows that in light of the pandemic, one-third of teens are looking for additional emotional support from caring adults this school year,” said Staci Hodges, Junior Achievement of Angelina County. “Junior Achievement volunteers are important mentors for young people, bringing our programs to life. JA volunteers share their experiences and skills with students, while teaching them how to manage money, succeed in the workforce, or start a business that grows the economy. JA’s volunteers are critical to our organization’s success and are a vital part of our mission.”

State Farm has received bronze level recognition 14 out of the last 15 years. Since 2006, State Farm volunteers have logged more than 66,000 hours empowering our next generation to achieve their dreams.

“Junior Achievement volunteers help build communities by empowering the next generation’s success,” said Staci Hodges, Junior Achievement of Angelina County. "JA could not exist without the dedication of its volunteers. We are grateful for this opportunity to recognize their invaluable support."

Junior Achievement’s kindergarten through high school programs are delivered across the county by a network of dedicated volunteers, including State Farm volunteers. JA programs provide innovative, hands-on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education to students in and around Angelina County each year.

State Farm has been a valuable supporter of Junior Achievement of Angelina County, recently giving a Good Neighbor Citizenship grant of $12,000 to support JA programming.

The complete list of recipients can be found here.

About Junior Achievement of Angelina County (JA)

Junior Achievement inspires Angelina County K-12 students by bringing the business world to life inside the classroom through memorable, exciting, hands-on learning experiences. To learn more about how you can support Junior Achievement of Angelina County or to volunteer in a classroom, visit, or contact Staci Hodges at 936.632.0490 or at

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 2.5 million students per year in 103 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit for more information.

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