Governor Bush Presents Points of Light Award to VolunteerLEON Youth Corps

By: Jeb Bush
By: Jeb Bush
Date: Aug. 10, 2005
Location: Tallahassee, FL


Governor Jeb Bush recognized VolunteerLEON Youth Corps of Tallahassee as this week's Points of Light Award recipient.

"The members of VolunteerLEON Youth Corps are undeniable catalysts for social betterment and involvement within their communities," said Governor Bush. "I am proud to see Leon County youth demonstrating an eagerness and determination to making a difference in the lives of their peers and neighbors."

VolunteerLEON Youth Corps mobilizes Tallahassee preteens and teens to actively take a role in the community through hard work, service and leadership. The youth corps members, ranging in ages 12 to 18, participate in peer-to-peer trainings, establish partnerships with local community-based organizations and schools, and participate in community events with adult groups. Presently, the organization is focused on the "HEADS UP" initiative, an acronym for HIV/AIDS - Environment - Animals - Disasters & Disabilities - School Improvement - Understanding Intergenerational Issues - Prevention.

The Youth Corps earned the 2004 Tallahassee Democrat Volunteer of the Year award. The group is credited with establishing the Big Bend MLK Dream Award Diversity, Reflection, Education, Arts and Multi-generational and has published the Pet Safety for Seniors During Hurricane Season brochure.

"Incorporating service-learning into the activities of VolunteerLEON Youth Corps allows for an increases youth ownership in service activities and the community as a whole," said Jeri Bush, Director of VolunteerLEON Youth Corps.

The Governor's Point of Light Award, sponsored by Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, recognizes a Florida resident or organization that demonstrates exemplary service to the community. Award recipients are announced weekly. A panel of judges composed of leaders in the areas of volunteerism and service evaluate all nominations and make recommendations to the Governor. Volunteer Florida Foundation manages the program. For more information, or to nominate, go to .