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AmeriCorps volunteer Jacob Fox receives President’s Call to Service Award

April 10, 2012

Jacob Fox

AmeriCorps volunteer Jacob Fox (center), stands with Emily Acker (left), director of Youth Villages residential programs in Georgia, and Tanya Hill (right), director of the Youth Villages-Inner Harbour Campus

Jacob Fox, an AmeriCorps member serving at the Youth Villages-Inner Harbour Campus in Douglasville, Ga., has received the President’s Call to Service Award for completing 4,000 hours of volunteer service.

The President’s Call to Service Award is the highest level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. For his service, Fox received a lapel pin, personalized certificate and congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama.

Fox, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., joined AmeriCorp’s National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in 2009 after attending Binghamton University. As an NCCC member, he completed 1,700 volunteer service hours in California and Oregon, participating in trail and habitat restoration, after-school programs for low-income students, the renovation of a women’s shelter and Habitat for Humanity projects. At the end of his NCCC service, Fox received the bronze level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

In September 2010, Fox joined the AmeriCorps program at the Youth Villages-Inner Harbour Campus, which provides residential treatment services to children with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues. He committed to a second year of service at the Youth Villages-Inner Harbour Campus in 2011 and was named an education team leader.

As a team member and team leader, Fox provides weekly tutoring sessions to students, leads an after-school program in art and creativity and collaborated with students on turning an unused building into a nature center. Fox has also completed training as a therapeutic West African drumming instructor. Fox has also been nominated for Youth Service America’s list of 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People, which will be announced in April.

“Growing up, I knew that I wanted to make an impact,” Fox said. “I wanted to create positive change in the world because it’s all that seemed to make sense. Sometimes you are left questioning the effectiveness of your service. Where do we find the motivation to keep serving? Experiencing our program at the Youth Villages-Inner Harbour Campus can change these students’ lives, and I am proud to be a part of that.”

Youth Villages is thankful for great volunteers like Jacob Fox who make a difference in the lives of our children and families every day.

One Comment leave one →
  1. McKenzie permalink
    April 12, 2012 10:12 am

    Congratulations Jacob! Thank you for all you do at our campus.

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