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Vienna-based Youth Literacy Initiative Helps Promote Service

Youth Literacy Initiative (YLI), a Vienna-based organization, has teamed with the White House to become a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service. Established in 2003, the award was created by President George W. Bush to give presidential recognition to individuals, families and groups who meet requirements for volunteer service, measured by the number of service hours performed over 12 months.

Youth Literacy Initiative (YLI) is one of thousands of organizations that have joined forces to deliver the President’s Volunteer Service Award and honor the volunteers who strengthen the nation. As a certifying organization for the award, Youth Literacy Initiative (YLI) is responsible for verifying service hours, nominating potential recipients and delivering the award.

“We are extremely proud to recognize our most outstanding volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award,” said Akila Prayaga, executive director of Youth Literacy Initiative (YLI). “Youth Literacy Initiative (YLI) volunteers are role models in our community, donating their time, energy and talent to bring us closer together as neighbors and a nation. The award is our way of thanking these volunteers and inspiring everyone in our community to make volunteering a central part of their lives.”

For more information about volunteering with Youth Literacy Initiative (YLI), contact Akila Prayaga at akila.prayaga@literacy-initiative.org or at 703-272-3426. For more information on the award and to find out how to identify additional volunteer opportunities in this area, visit www.presidentialserviceawards.gov or call 1-866-545-5307.