Jefferson Awards Announces New Service Program
WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ The Jefferson Awards for Public Service (Jefferson Awards) announced today that it will be changing the name of one of its youth-community service program formerly known as the Youth Service Challenge to LEAD 360 CHALLENGE. This program will build on the success of the Youth Service Challenge which was founded by the Jefferson Awards and the Network for Social Responsibility's (NSR) WaysToHelp.org in 2010 – signing on more than 170 mayors and engaging over one and a half million young people since it was founded.
The Jefferson Awards thanks Dave Boyer and WaysToHelp for their contributions to the Youth Service Challenge program. Jefferson Awards co-founder Sam Beard stated: "Mr. Boyer brought the idea and program design for the Youth Service Challenge to the Jefferson Awards in 2009 along with his passion for motivating teens to serve their communities through public service, and his managerial and organizational expertise. The Youth Service Challenge program became a huge success due to the hard work from both the Jefferson Awards and WaysToHelp– we owe Dave and his team huge thanks for helping us launch this project."
Dave Boyer said: "Working with Sam Beard and the Jefferson Awards was such a great learning experience for our team. We had set out to create a national program on our own and we felt lucky to be able to partner with the Jefferson Awards because of their historical success building national programs. The assets they brought to the table and the results we achieved by working with them were simply unbelievable. We wish them much success with LEAD 360 CHALLENGE."
WaysToHelp was founded in July, 2009 by David Boyer, a former executive who left corporate America to fulfill his dream of motivating teens to volunteer, and a small group of people from eBay, JP Morgan Chase, McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, the Posse Foundation, Ronald McDonald Charities and Stanford University. It exists to engage, inspire and enable high school students to make a positive difference in the world. It does this by making it easy for them to learn about, and take action on, sixteen of today's most pressing social issues as well as providing teens and schools with toolkits to improve in-school food and volunteer drives. For more information and to get involved visit: www.waystohelp.org