The University of Central Florida recently earned the 2011 President’s Volunteer Service Award-Gold Level, a national recognition of UCF’s nearly 15,000 hours of community service through its Junior Achievement program.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes organizations and individuals that make significant time contributions to volunteer activities and was created in 2003 by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

It is the fourth consecutive year that UCF has received this prestigious honor. UCF was the only university to earn the award this year.

UCF received the recognition through its partnership with JA, an official certifying organization for the award, which honors corporations that provide volunteers to teach JA’s educational programs.

The  JA program at UCF sends college students to Central Florida elementary and middle schools, where they teach underserved youths about work readiness and entrepreneurship while encouraging them to stay in school and become successful. By acting as role models, UCF students learn more about themselves and gain invaluable critical thinking, leadership and communication skills.